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Summer of Making: Build Something Real This Summer!

We’re excited to announce we’re working with Hack Club and GitHub on the Summer of Making! Read the message from Sam at Hack Club below:

Hey! This a letter to all my fellow teenagers. I’ve got a challenge for you this summer: make something awesome. It can be anything — just make it.

We’ve all been stuck at home struggling through the weird world of home based learning, we haven’t been able to see our friends, and we have missed out on things we’d been excited for. Instead of dwelling the sadness of lockdown, let’s go out of our comfort zone and try something new.

This summer at Hack Club we’re having a Summer of Making. It’s not a program but simply a theme and challenge for the summer. Over a thousand teenagers have already taken the challenge, so how about you?

We’re supporting everyone who does in the following ways:

  • $50K in hardware grants to fund electronics projects thanks to the support of GitHub, Adafruit & Arduino. Applications are still open: learn more and apply with an idea.
  • Share updates of your learning every day: Every day this summer, Hack Clubbers are learning & building projects, sharing short video & photo updates each day. See the in-progress projects and join at scrapbook.hackclub.com.
  • Join Hack Club’s Slack and weekly Zoom events: All summer, the rest of the team and I will be running weekly live events including coding workshops, show & tells, office hours, games, and more. Join the Hack Club Slack to participate.
  • Get a Summer of Making sticker in the mail: Fill out this form to request one.

I can’t wait to see everything you come up with!

– Sam

(Feel free to reach out at sam@summer.hackclub.com or on Twitter)

Share your idea here!


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