$50 – $225

April Vacation: Makers Camp (7+)

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128 Main Street

Biddeford, ME 04005

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Engine’s Makers Camp invites curious, aspiring young artists, designers, engineers, and scientists ages 8+ to think, explore, and create outside the box. Our maker education emphasizes the act of hands-on experimentation; thinking, tinkering, learning how and why things work through a series of fun and creative projects that promote innovation and creativity. Engine’s S.T.E.A.M. initiative combines science, technology, engineering, art, and math into one balanced week of activities to inspire a well-rounded maker.

Participants will engage in the creative processes to connect STEAM education to community involvement. During the camp, we will use science and engineering activities to build knowledge and further understanding of spatial, structural and environmental elements inherent in downtown Biddeford. Participants will design meaningful prototypes and artifacts that communicate ideas formulated on different excursions throughout downtown and neighboring areas.

AGES: Our age bracket is a suggested 7+. Some older kids do well with the younger kids and like to assist the instructor with the younger kids. Some younger kids might need to wait a year. We usually address the lower and end on a case-by-case basis.

FULL COST: $225 per full week or $50 per day.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 8 by end of day. If we have room, we'll accept later registrations but we need to order supplies so please try to register by the deadline.

EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL: $200 per full week and $40 per day if you sign up by March 23. Discount will be available when you click the green TICKETS button.

SLIDING SCALE is also available. All of our youth programs operate on a flexible fee policy called a Sliding Scale so any child can participate. Here's how to use it:

  • Consult the guidelines here to determine what to pay.
  • Use the appropriate PROMO CODE from the bottom of the chart based on your household size/income.
  • Select TICKETS on our Eventbrite page.
  • You'll see an ENTER PROMOTIONAL CODE in the upper right hand corner after you click TICKETS.
  • Enter the appropriate PROMO CODE, for example, 75PERCENT.
  • Select the session(s) you want your youngster to attend
  • Your discount will be reflected immediately.

If you have any trouble, please contact us at 207-370-9130.

OTHER FINANCIAL DISCOUNTS. If the sliding scale still doesn't fit your financial situation, please contact Dana Wissmiller at Engine. We'll try our best to make it work for you.


Constructing Vision

Today we will create journals to record our ideas and observations of what biddeford has been is and will be in the future. We will create perspective viewfinders to look at possible viewpoints for reconsidering our local environment. Then begin construction of our cardboard interpretation of Biddeford.

Project 1: Journal Making

Project 2: Architectural Design- MAKE a Perspective View Finder and lesson on perspective drawing.

Project 3: Biddeford Cardboard City- Foundation


Our Place in the Community

Let’s introduce Biddeford through the lens of a camera and begin to discover how visual interpretations create a virtual community. Let’s examine the power of an image, and how we can tell our story through visual formats connecting our personal space to our community space.

Project 1: Photographing Landscape- Biddeford Falls

Project 2: Vision Board/Collage- Visual Storytelling

Project 3: Biddeford Cardboard City- Build your house


Making Ideas Real

Using our ideas collected through our activities and observations we will use design technology to produce media that communicates our ideas about Biddeford as a community.

Project 1: PSA through photographic observation- Identifying issues in the community through the lens of a camera.

Project 2: Screenprint- design a graphic using your photographs

Project 3: Biddeford Cardboard City- Improvement


Community Engagement- Bacon St Community Garden MAKE a salad

We will walk over to the Bacon St Community Garden to notice, evaluate and draw our impressions and ideas while discussing the positive community impacts of local food sourcing and greening cities. Back at Engine participants will MAKE their own hanging garden, seed bombs and greening their model city.

Project 1: Upcycled Vertical Garden

Project 2: Seed bombs

Project 3: Biddeford Cardboard City- Greening the City


Art Outdoors!

To wrap up our week long programming we will investigate architecture, vacant walls/lots and locate specific sites that might make supreme spots for colorful murals. Using our cameras to document, we return to the studio to design site specific images and transpose them to digital prototypes of actual large scale murals. We will also add them to our cardboard city for the final presentation to parents of the children’s week long efforts.

Project 1: Outdoor Murals

Project 2: Graphic Design for the mural

Project 3: Biddeford Cardboard City- Community Mural

Parents are invited to view our Biddeford Cardboard City


Please be sure to read our Payment & Cancellation Policy here.

Your payment or reservation doesn't guarantee that the program will run. We do reserve the right to cancel a program if we cannot meet our financial minimums. We're dependent on meeting those minimums as a nonprofit, through a variety of price points and/or philanthropy. Thank you for your understanding.


Rebecca Cote is a teaching artist designing and implementing art programs for and with communities of all ages and backgrounds. Armed with 20+ years as fine artist, wilderness educator and topped off with a MEd, Rebecca is tireless in her passion for sparking creative action. She has taught STEAM, visual literacy and art for social justice in public schools. She designs and facilitates community mural projects, leads art booths for public events and teaches community art classes. Her studio practice involves drawing and painting wilderness expressions and a maniacal attraction to folding paper and making books. She lives and has her studio in Biddeford, Maine.

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