Sam Poder, GEMS (Singapore) Grade 9 student, has always been passionate about technology and innovation. With school facilities and community maker spaces being closed during the past couple of months, Sam came up with the idea to create an innovative program for young adults searching for ways to pursue their passions and meet new friends.
I love making! That is why I started this program to enable my generation to make awesome things this summer! I can't wait to see what you'll make..." Sam Poder
In April, Sam pitched his idea to the Hack Club and got full support from their team. Today, Sam is one of three students working with GitHub, Hack Club, Adafruit and Arduino on a summer programme for young makers aged 13 to 18.
How it all started
"By joining the Hack Club community online, I've made friends with other high schoolers who share similar interests", says Sam. "We've built projects together, discussed topics we're passionate about and had loads of fun! In the community around me, I have always struggled to find people who share similar interests. Finding an online community full of people who do has changed my life."
Hack Club Summer of Making brings professional mentorship, $50,000 (USD) of hardware grants, weekly get-togethers and nonstop making—culminating in an award show.
Signups will be open on June 18 for July
Students aged 13–18 from anywhere worldwide
Participation is FREE
Running for six weeks starting in early July, students will have access to hardware on a needs basis (shipped directly to your home) and guidance from industry mentors. With both Adafruit and Arduino on board to make the summer incredibly fun, we can’t wait to see what you create!
Summer of Making is the brainchild of teenagers from Hack Club, a network of after-school computer clubs led and organized by students, for students. Hack Club gives students the support and community they need to explore their interests in technology. All Summer of Making participants will have the opportunity to build connections within the entire Hack Club community and showcase their projects at the end of the summer. Students also have access to:
- A network of 400+ Hack Clubs chapters, across 22 countries around the world
- Free access to the best developer tools with the Student Developer Pack
- Funding for hardware (as needed basis) from GitHub
- Prototyping tools and support from Adafruit and Arduino
- Mentorship from industry professionals
What will you learn this summer?