One Day Events

This is a Portland Public School inservice day, so our doors will be open for tinkering. Calling all engineers, builders, entrepreneurs and civic-leaders. Help your community and design a city of the future. Use your engineering skills, creativity and knowledge about the place you live to plan, build and 'tinker' the kind of city you want to see in the future - and all to scale. Light the streets, create public and residential zones, designate eco-spaces, prepare for natural disasters and build all the places you need to help your community thrive. At the showcase, on the last afternoon of camp, all are invited to tour your city and you can show the world your innovations.

For tinkers 3rd-7th grade
Time & Date: 9am to 3pm, Mon, May 27th 2024
Cost: 45.00
Location: Tinker Central, Tinker Camp, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR 97203, USA
Hosted by: Blake Swensen
Spaces Available: 9
Registration closes in 3 days

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James John School Carnival
Fri, May 31st 2024
The James Johns School PTA is throwing a shindig in their school to support programming and the Parent and Teachers of the school. Come and get your game on and tinker a little with us.

For tinkers K - 5th
Time & Date: 4:30pm to 7:00pm, Fri, May 31st 2024
Cost: FREE
Location: James John Elementary, 7439 N Charleston Ave, Portland, OR 97203
Hosted by: The volunteers of Tinker Camp
Spaces Available: 20
Registration closes in 7 days

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Tinker Day: The YOUseum
Sat, Jun 8th 2024
What is it about YOU that makes YOU so very special? Tinker away in our workshop to tell the story of you in a format that is like a museum. You can tinker a museum exhibit that puts you and anything you want to share on display. Use all the materials and tools we have to create an experience for viewers to better know you! Maybe it's where you live, maybe it's a trip you took, maybe it's a timeline of your life so far or maybe it's the things that inspire you. Whatever you decide to make - create the museum of YOU. The YOUseum

For tinkers 3rd - 6th grade
Time & Date: 9am to 3pm, Sat, Jun 8th 2024
Cost: 45.00
Location: Tinker Central, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Suite 212, Portland, OR, 97203
Hosted by: Blake Swensen
Spaces Available: 10
Registration closes in 29 days

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Tinker Camp Skill builder
Sat, Jun 22nd 2024
Have you ever wanted to learn to sew? Do you want to know how to solder, connect circuits and make things light up? Are you ready to learn basic carpentry skills with our bench tools? This is your chance to work side by side with expert tinkerers to get your skills in shape and ready for a whole summer of fun tinkering - or maybe just doing a project you always wanted to tackle. Get some basic instruction and then be on your way to use the tools in our workshop to suit your imagination! It takes time to build a skill and often there are failures along the way - but Tinker Camp is where you can try, learn, and try again! We will be there with you to spark your passion on Skill Build Day!

For tinkers 3rd - 6th grade
Time & Date: 9am to 3pm, Sat, Jun 22nd 2024
Cost: 45.00
Location: Tinker Central, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Suite 212, Portland, OR, 97203
Hosted by: Blake Swensen
Spaces Available: 20
Registration closes in 15 days

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Join Tinker Camp at the Multnomah Library Summer Reading Program Kick Off. Start your summer reading by greating a miniture world of a book or movie. You can integrate your imagination with your summer reading favoites and create a physical reminder of how great it is to be a reader in Portland!

For tinkers of all ages.
Time & Date: 1pm to 3:pm, Sat, Jun 29th 2024
Cost: FREE
Location: New Columbia Community Room, 4605 N. Trenton Ave, Portland, Oregon 97203
Hosted by: Multnomah County Library
Spaces Available: 30
Registration closes in 36 days

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Multi-Day Camps

The Play's The Thing
Mon, Jun 24th 2024
"The Play's the Thing wherein I will catch the conscience of the king" is a famous line from Hamlet who uses a play to start his evil plot. We don't plan any evil. but you will be the one producing a new play. So, get your show on! Your skills are needed to mount the next Tinky Award winning play. If you are interested in writing a script, if you like costuming, if you like building sets or if acting is your gig, then it is showtime at Tinker Camp.

For tinkers 3rd-7th grade
Time & Date: 9am to 3pm, Mon, Jun 24th 2024 through Sat, Jun 29th 2024
Cost: 360.00
Location: Tinker Central, Tinker Camp, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR 97203, USA
Hosted by: Blake Swensen
Spaces Available: 16
Registration closes in 30 days

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Intergalactic Exodus
Mon, Jul 8th 2024
Imagine if it was your responsibility to save humanity. We will be doing just that by creating a spacecraft capable of carrying a select crew into the furthest reaches of space. Using motors, tape, lights and anything in our mad collection of materials and tools we will undertake a number of tinkering challenges designed to get us all into space.

For tinkers 3rd-7th grade
Time & Date: 9am to 3pm, Mon, Jul 8th 2024 through Sat, Jul 13th 2024
Cost: 360.00
Location: Tinker Central, Tinker Camp, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR 97203, USA
Hosted by: Blake Swensen
Spaces Available: 8
Registration closes in 44 days

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Planet Colony
Mon, Jul 15th 2024
Now that we have landed on a planet last week, what is in store for us now? What are the things that are essential to survival out here in the far reaches of the galaxy? Food, water, shelter, of course! You and your team will be the first humans to build a settlement on a weird and wonderful planet.

For tinkers 3rd-7th grade
Time & Date: 9am to 3pm, Mon, Jul 15th 2024 through Sat, Jul 20th 2024
Cost: 360.00
Location: Tinker Central, Tinker Camp, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR 97203, USA
Hosted by: Blake Swensen
Spaces Available: 10
Registration closes in 51 days

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Urban Survival
Mon, Jul 22nd 2024
Are you ready? Do you have the skills to survive in an urban environment? If you can carry only the things you will need, what choices will you make? How about shelter or food? Now you will be able to try your skill at surviving in a hostile urban world. This won't be easy, and everyday will bring new challenges. Are you ready?

For tinkers 3rd-7th grade
Time & Date: 9am to 3pm, Mon, Jul 22nd 2024 through Sat, Jul 27th 2024
Cost: 360.00
Location: Tinker Central, Tinker Camp, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR 97203, USA
Hosted by: Blake Swensen
Spaces Available: 10
Registration closes in 58 days

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The History of Flight
Mon, Jul 29th 2024
Over five days, explore the history of flight. Build and fly a hot air balloon, send a camera high into the sky and design a glider. Then on to rockets powered by air and by fuel that you have made. This is your chance to build and experiment with the nature and methods of flight.

For tinkers 3rd-7th grade
Time & Date: 9am to 3pm, Mon, Jul 29th 2024 through Sat, Aug 3rd 2024
Cost: 360.00
Location: Tinker Central, Tinker Camp, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR 97203, USA
Hosted by: Blake Swensen
Spaces Available: 1
Registration closes in 65 days

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Cities In Your Future
Mon, Aug 5th 2024
Calling all engineers, builders, entrepreneurs and civic-leaders. Help your community and design a city of the future. Use your engineering skills, creativity and knowledge about the place you live to plan, build and 'tinker' the kind of city you want to see in the future - and all to scale. Light the streets, create public and residential zones, designate eco-spaces, prepare for natural disasters and build all the places you need to help your community thrive. At the showcase, on the last afternoon of camp, all are invited to tour your city and you can show the world your innovations.

For tinkers 3rd-7th grade
Time & Date: 9am to 3pm, Mon, Aug 5th 2024 through Sat, Aug 10th 2024
Cost: 360.00
Location: Tinker Central, Tinker Camp, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR 97203, USA
Hosted by: Blake Swensen
Spaces Available: 2
Registration closes in 72 days

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Carnival
Mon, Aug 12th 2024
Everyone loves a carnival, with its unusual characters, entertainment and challenging games. At Tinker Camp we will put on a carnival that you design, build and run. Want to give a shot at creating the next generation game? What to write, star and direct your own show? Have you ever dreamed of making an automaton? Then join us for a week of carnival fun! On the last afternoon of camp the doors will open and all are welcome to enjoy your creations! Come one, Come all!

For tinkers 3rd-7th grade
Time & Date: 9am to 3pm, Mon, Aug 12th 2024 through Sat, Aug 17th 2024
Cost: 360.00
Location: Tinker Central, Tinker Camp, 6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR 97203, USA
Hosted by: Blake Swensen
Spaces Available: 4
Registration closes in 79 days

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