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LMC Fab Lab Offers Variety of Summer Camps, Workshops

Lake Michigan College is offering several summer camps and workshops for kids and adults in its community Fab Lab.

Digital arts camps are offered in partnership with Black Rocket Productions and designed for kids ages 8-14 of any experience level.

Events are offered online and in person. In-person events will require mask-wearing by participants and instructors, follow social distancing recommendations and equipment will be sanitized before and after use.

For more information and to register, visit the website.

Fab Lab 101: Laser Engravers, Wood Lathes, 3D Printing
Monday, July 13, 1-4 p.m.
Get familiar with the laser cutters and engravers, woodshop, vinyl cutters, 3D printing, and sewing departments within the LMC Fab Lab. Workshops include Wooden Pen Making and Laser Engraved Wine Glasses. Cost: $30

Make Your Own Cloth Masks
Tuesday, July 14, 10 a.m. - noon
Learn to make your own masks using Fab Lab’s laser cutters and sewing machines. A variety of fabrics, elastic and ear savers will be provided. Cost is $20.

Make Your Own PPE: Masks, Face Shields, Ear Savers
Wednesday, July 15, 2-6 p.m.
Participants will create their own Face Shield, Ear Saver, cloth face mask using 3D printer and laser cutter. Cost $30

Minecraft Designers, Animated Stories: Black Rocket Kids Summer Camp Online
July 20-24, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Kids age 8-11 who love the game Minecraft will design their own worlds by creating a custom map, 3D models using software, build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures to import at home or share with friends. Participants must own a Java version of Minecraft. This camp will be held only online. Cost $119

LEGO Video Games, Black Rocket Kids Summer Camp
July 27-30, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Participants ages 8-14 will work in pairs or in teams to create their own LEGO characters and adventures in an interactive 2D Video Game. Each student will have a finished LEGO Video Game that can be shared with friends and family.  Participants will work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Cost $139

Fab Lab Print Making, Printing Press, Laser, Print Blocks
July 27-30, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Participants age 12 and older will learn old-fashioned printing practices with a modern twist. Participants learn printing history and design letter blocks using Adobe Illustrator, create them with lasers and print with an 1899 printing press. Cost: $129

Video Game Animation, Black Rocket Kids Summer Camp
August 3-6, 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Participants work in pairs or teams to create and animate their own character sprites, objects, and backgrounds. Start with a name, develop the character’s personality, signature moves, special powers, and a storyline. Finish with a fully animated character to be used in your very own game. Participants do not need any prior experience in game design, animation, or sketching. Cost $139

Summer Camp: Fab Lab Make Your Own Musical Instrument
August 3-6, 9 a.m. - noon
Kids ages 8 and older and adults will make a musical instrument out of computer parts and other unconventional materials. Learn about what makes different types of instruments work including aerophones (winds/brass), chordophones (string instruments), idiophones or membranophones (percussion). Participants have the option to show off their finished instruments at a Friday night musical assembly on LMC’s campus. Cost $139

Arcade Building Summer Camp: Video Game Building Workshop
August 3-6, 1:30-5p.m.
Fans of vintage video games will create their own tabletop arcade machine. Participants will sand, paint or stain their own game cabinet and learn to wire the game and speakers. More than 50 games are available including Ms. Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga, and Dig Dug. No prior woodworking or software knowledge is required. Cost $425 includes up to three participants and all equipment and materials.

YouTube Content Creators: Black Rocket Summer Camp:
August 10-13, 8:45-11:45 a.m.
Participants ages 8-14 will learn best practices of YouTube content creation including an exploration of popular content and personalities and how to discover their own niche. Learn good digital citizenship., develop on-camera presence, channel branding, and professional editing skills. Take home a plan for launching your own channel with the content created in class. Cost $139

Ukulele Camp
August 10-12, 9 a.m. -noon
Participants ages 8 and older will learn how to build, decorate, string and play a wooden ukulele using lasers and Adobe Illustrator. Cost: $109. Register at

E-Sports, Gaming Compete, League of Legends
August 10-13, 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Kids entering 7th grade and older who are interested in competitive gaming will train with professional gamers to learn strategic and tactical gaming skills, improve map awareness, understand micro and macro gameplay and competitive play, and tournament structure in this “League of Legends” game camp. Beyond gaming skills, participants will also learn teamwork, focus, mental toughness, motivation, self-confidence, team communication, and other personal development skills. Cost $139

Fab Lab For Your Health, Science 3D Laser Cutting Vinyl
August 10-13, 1:30 – 4:30
Kids ages 10-14 will use this health science/medical themed camp to complete a variety of projects while learning various machines. Participants can laser and sew a plushie together to practice sutures, learn CPR and other life-saving measures, learn the skull and facial muscles by lasering cardboard to create a mask, create organs with the vinyl cutter and sew an apron together to learn the digestive track, 3D print a human heart while learning the anatomy of the heart, use virtual reality to learn about bodies and the circulatory system and learn team-building and communication skills. Cost $139

About the Fab Lab
The Fab Lab is a place where participants can build science, technology, engineering, and math skills through hands-on learning. Participating in Fab Lab activities allow participants to explore and experiment with digital fabrication technology including 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, and Vinyl Cutters.

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Fab Lab students

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