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Maker Camp

  • 108 the Moor 108 The Moor Sheffield, England, S1 4PD United Kingdom (map)

We're bringing the circus to town. Your child is building it!

Over this two day Maker Camp, children aged 7 to 11 will be invited to use their creative and problem-solving skills to design, experiment, prototype and programme circus inventions.

My adult brain dreams of photobooths, arcade games and interactive animals. Your child is free to use their imagination - what would they like to create in our circus? They'll learn how to make lights flash, create music with a touch of a finger and automate moving parts with motors.

The Main Act

What can I expect?

The show starts at 10:30 am each day and ends at 4 pm. You can drop off starting at 10 am. The day will be broken into two parts skill building and imagination & design.

Day One:

Your child will be introduced to the 6 simple machines. Using their new knowledge and creativity, they'll make a contraption for moving an elephant onto a train.

For the second half of day one, your child will imagine a day at the circus and how they will add to it. What can they design using simple machines and electronics? They'll finish the day with a cardboard prototype of their circus invention.

Day Two:

We'll show your child how to make a basic circuit and how to control it with programming. They'll use motors, lights and sound to create scribbling robots and flashing musical badges.

After lunch, children will add to and improve their cardboard prototypes. Will they add music, sound effects, lights, moving parts or a combination of? We're leaving the decision making to your child.

Circus Ringleaders

We'll have makers, engineers and magical wizards with a lot of technical know-how to help your child from design through to testing and building. We're all DBS checked and will always have a First-Aid trained adult on site. Please let us know if your child has any requirements we should be aware of.


We have a few tricks up our sleeves - we'll surprise your child with circus-themed breaks throughout the day. If your child has special requirements or isn't a fan of surprises, please e-mail Kisha at kisha@brightboxmakerspace and she'll let you in on the secret and make adjustments as necessary.

The After Party

Join your child on the last day from 4 pm to witness the most spectacular show. You'll get to see all the children's inventions come together to make a circus - told you we're bringing the circus to town. We'll award all the children with kits to continue inventing at home. The important part - there will be nibbles.

Thanks to our supporters, we're able to offer a limited discount through the 30th of July. We want all children to be able to access our makerspaces, please get in e-mail, to discuss your options.

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