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Design Exchange offers week-long hands-on design day camps in the heart of Toronto, all summer long!

 

Design Exchange is a cultural institution that champion’s creative thinking, inspires problem solving and celebrates the best innovative talent locally, nationally, and around the world. By offering unique and accessible experiences, Design Exchange educates and shares design stories with a broader public to highlight the importance and relevance of design.

In July and August, Design Exchange offers engaging camps for young designers ages 6 to 14. Conveniently located in the heart of Toronto’s Financial District, the former Toronto Stock Exchange building offers a unique environment for these specialized camp sessions. A qualified team of experienced education staff and instructors leads the programs.

All camp sessions are listed below. While some sessions may look familiar year-to-year, Design Exchange is committed to ensuring that each session is unique. Plus, each camp features a guest artist or field trip.

 

*Pro-Rated Short Week | Cost: $290

Rocking Roller Coasters
AGES 6-10

 

Stretch your mind, flex your creative muscles and put on your problem-solving hat for this fun, week-long STEAM-based camp that explores the engineering of roller coasters. No height restriction here!
 

Is This Real Life: Adventures in Augmented Reality
AGES 10-14

 
Augmented reality is changing the way we work and play. It has to power to create positive changes in schools, hospitals, and homes. Create your own reality in this cutting-edge AR camp.
 
  
 

Otherworldly Frontiers: From Space to the Sea
AGES 6-10

 

 

Sea levels are rising, ocean life is under attack, and space junk keeps piling up., Learn how the power of design, innovation, and technology has uncovered mysteries and solved challenges high above the skies and deep under the waters.
 

Sustainable Design Foundations
AGES 10-14

 

 

Good design can change the world! By creating systems to enact positive change we can begin to tackle pertinent social issues. Learn about the seven universal design principles – the ultimate blueprint for making products and environments more accessible – and how to apply them to local and global challenges, including housing, climate change, and city planning.
 
 

From Rags to Reusables
AGES 6-10

 

 

Fashion can change society and impact the dynamics of the world. Re-evaluate how you create your own wardrobe by learning about sustainable practices that you can employ right at home! You’ll use recyclable materials to create new, ethically and sustainably made clothes and accessories.
 

Rad Robots and Cool Coding
AGES 10-14

 

 

From driverless automobiles to smart urban ecosystems, life in the big cities is changing rapidly because of advancements in technology. Learn the basics of block-based coding – an introductory programming language – and collaborate with camp friends to solve a real-life city challenge using only code – maybe design an app or two!
 
 

Chemistry Exploration
AGES 6-10

 

 

From food and automobiles to our metabolism and environment, chemistry is everywhere. Explore natural science through hands-on experimentation and discover how chemistry is used to design cutting-edge material, new medicines, and more.
 

Fashion for Good
AGES 10-14

 

 

In this camp, you’ll identify key social issues where the fundamentals of fashion can contribute to co-creating a solution. Learn construction, machine literacy, and creativity in clothing design while balancing form and function.
 
 

The Great Outdoors
AGES 6-10

 

 

Biofuels, species conservation, and landscape restoration are all part of changing the world for the better. Did you know Toronto in sitting on a watershed? Learn more about greenspace management, the city’s natural habitats, and your sustainable actions in this camp where design and nature intersect.
 
 

Wearable Tech
AGES 10-14

 

 

Imagine the unthinkable future of fashion in this introduction to wearable technology that combines gadgetry, fashion, and function.
 
 

*Pro-Rated Short Week | Cost: $290

Rad Robots and Cool Coding
AGES 6-10

 

 

From driverless automobiles to smart urban ecosystems, life in the big cities is changing rapidly because of advancements in technology. Learn the basics of block-based coding – an introductory programming language – and collaborate with camp friends to solve a real-life city challenge using only code – maybe design an app or two!

 

 

DIY Podcast: Share your Design Story
AGES 10-14

 

 

Podcasts are a new way for people to connect with change makers around the world. Develop your communication and storytelling skills as you design and record your own podcast that shares tales of new inventions and innovations.
 
 
 

Tasty Design
AGES 6-10

 

 

Food feeds the soul, fuels the body, and impacts the environment. Defy your taste buds and learn how to make delicious meals from food waste and foraged ingredients in this hands-on cooking camp. Discover the importance of changing food systems to produce more nutritious food with a lower environmental footprint.
 

It’s An Upcycled World
AGES 10-14

 

 

In this zero-waste week of camp, you’ll learn how to reclaim trashed clothing, materials, and gadgets and breathe new life into, saving them – and the planet – from the depths of the trash bin.
 
 

It’s An Upcycled World
AGES 6-10

 

 

In this zero-waste week of camp, you’ll learn how to reclaim trashed clothing, materials, and gadgets and breathe new life into, saving them – and the planet – from the depths of the trash bin.
 

Paint The City
AGES 10-14

 

 

As the world moves to cities, so does art. Street art challenges and changes people’s lives positively across the world by changing the way we perceive public space. You’ll learn how to improve the look of your neighbourhood with positive messages and motifs.
 
 
 

Super Structures
AGES 6-14 (ALL AGES)

 

 

Celebrate the world’s most spectacular engineering triumphs and monumental construction projects. Learn key science, engineering, and architectural concepts as we explore the process behind the design and building of sky-high, kilometres-long, and earthquake-proof super structures.
 

 

 

 

Early Bird
$324 /week
General Admission
$360 /week
After-care (4-5:30pm)
$10 /day/child

All camp fees include project materials, afternoon snack,
field trip transportation (where applicable) and morning care, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Registration fees include HST. Tax receipts are provided at the conclusion of the program.

Refund Policy: A $30 administrative fee will be charged for withdrawals requests made in writing to education@dx.org, 14 business days prior to the start of the session. 

The full session fee will be charged for withdrawals made less than 14 business days before the session.

For more information, please contact
Programming Manager, Husena Jadiwala at 647.643.6037

Delivering design education to youth and children is a core component of Design Exchange's mandate.

 

Through our programs, DX encourages young audiences to become creative problem-solvers and design thinkers at every age. We believe programming that introduces the value of design to young people inspires future generations to make a better world, encourages the growth of the design sector, and stimulates the economy.  

Your donations contribute to providing a full scholarship to children who would not otherwise be able to attend our camp. We know these spots make a difference in children’s lives.

 

 

DX Headquarters is
located at 234 Bay Street, Toronto

HOURS
SUN + MON
Closed
TUES - FRI
9AM-5PM
SAT
12-4:30PM
 
QUESTIONS?
Call 416.363.6121

 
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