McGaw YMCA MetaMedia summer middle school program


MetaMedia is a free maker-space for middle school youth (recent 5th grade grads welcome!) at the McGaw YMCA that uses a mentor-based method of learning and exploring STEM-focused activities. In addition to the MetaExplorers Program, MetaMedia will also be open from 10 am to 4 pm every day for Open Studio, in which students can interact with mentors in our space, using any of our equipment for self driven projects or taking part in our various tinkering stations as well. Our Open Studio program is completely free! 

In MetaExplorers, there will be four sessions of the two week program with different themes throughout the Summer, listed below. Youth will learn skills in making, digital fabrication and innovative thinking. The program runs from 4 PM – 6 PM, but our space will be open to youth for Open Studio before the program, from 10 AM – 4 PM. This is a FEE-BASED program. Each session is $55 for YMCA members and $75 for non-YMCA members. You can register online HERE, by calling the McGaw YMCA (847-475-7400) or in person at the McGaw YMCA.

Session 1: The Roots Vol. 3 (June 10 – 21) Monday – Friday 4pm-6pm 19 SUM 1YSMETAEXP1

Makers will further MetaMedia’s ongoing investigation into urban gardening. They will look at the technology and strategy behind growing food in a city environment, as well as the best ways to go about eating it. 

 Session 2: Racing Robots (June 24 – July 5) Monday – Friday 4pm-6pm 19 SUM 1YSMETAEXP2

Battle Bots! Drone Racing! Robo Joust! Over the course of two weeks, makers will learn the basics of robotics through their creation, coding, and applications. This will be done through a series of competitive challenges. 

Session 3: The Tradeshow (July 8 – July 19) Monday – Friday 4pm-6pm 19 SUM 1YSMETAEXP3

Makers will sharpen their business savvy through the creation and sale of a variety of items using MetaMedia resources. They will learn the basics of economics as they create their own goods, set their own prices, and negotiate sales. 

Session 4: Arcade Avenue (July 22 – August 2) Monday – Friday 4pm-6pm 19 SUM 1YSMETAEXP4

In two weeks, Maker’s will design and create a mini arcade. Then they’ll spend a solid amount of time giving it a thorough test drive.



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