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Making the Most of Your Summer

While some kids may have every minute of their summer planned out and optimized, now is the season where many parents are wondering what’s the best way to take advantage of the extra time and learn something new.

As parents, we have always tried to find summer experiences for our kids that were unique, hands-on, and fun. Why not find engaging, authentic experiences where kids can improve their academic math and communication skills they’ve worked so hard on throughout the year to tackle a project that builds critical thinking and problem solving skills? What opportunities are out there?

Recently, while having lunch with a friend with three young kids, it donned on me there are some interesting options out there that need to be shared. Here’s a collection of the top gems we’ve found in the last year that will inspire a summer full of play, passion and purpose.

JAM Online Courses (from These beautifully crafted online courses like Cook For Yourself and Invent Your Own Machines are enjoyable and available for a whole year from time of sign-up.

Khan Academy – Pixar in a Box  From “The Art of Storytelling” to the “Mathmatics of Animation Curves” the engaging Pixar content and brilliance of the guests shine through. Content seems to be aimed at upper grades, but younger students will find value in it too.

Hour of Code –  Full of activities that fit the full range of age groups and diverse interests. Also available in multiple languages including English and Japanese.

While all these are fantastic online resources, what if you want your kids to join an “In Real Life” community of like-minded students? That’s why we’re holding our Maker Toolset Summer Camps that run for 4 days starting on July 30th!

Mission to Mars – Summer Camp 2017


ミッション・トゥ・マーズ – サマーキャンプ 2017








Minecraft Coding Summer Camp 2017

マインクラフト・プログラミング サマーキャンプ 2017

visual coding

We’re excited to see what our creative community of students will build during these days of fun, problem solving, and critical thinking. Hope to see you there!

Minecraft Coding Summer Camp 2017

Minecraft is now more than just a game for building awesome virtual worlds. These days, many people use it for studying language, quick virtual world modelling of something they are about to build in the physical world, or as a communication bridge between friends and community.


Starting July 30th, or Aug 27th, Maker Toolset’s Summer Camp 2017 students will learn how to do build cool Mods and Mini Games while using block-based coding within Minecraft. Between each coding session we have some physical building challenges with design cutters and cloud connected electronics that challenge students’ imaginations and build their creative confidence.


This 4-day camp is designed for students with the desire to learn coding and English purposefully through the fun of a virtual world game. All mentors are bilingual so even Japanese speakers who are new to English will find a practical hands on opportunity to communicate with classmates.

Enjoy and learn with us whether you are a beginner to computers and want to learn how to code for the first time, or are already on your way to higher levels. There will be lots of fun and new challenges to fit your level.
THE JULY EVENT IS SOLD OUT! (The August event is still available, see below)

For those who cannot make our first camp, we have the same camp running late August as well.

August 27th Camp start

The outline of our 4 days together contains:


Day 1 – Get an introduction to Minecraft and what it means to “Mod Minecraft.” Understand the environments of the simulator and your own private minecraft server. Introduction to functions, world edit commands, drones,  and enemies/mobs.


Day 2 – This day will require you to be unafraid of failure by using trial and error to learn the basics of coding. All we need is your growing logic skills and a bit of patience. Pick a Level 1 challenge and the code modules will guide you through the rest!

Drone Tool

Day 3 -You will now control the game through code. Building with the drone tool: discover the incredible power of the drone tool as you build massive or complex structures with ease. Combine building with the drone tool with the power of functions and loops. Make the game do what YOU want; at a keystroke.

Mini Games

Day 4 – Make basic games in Minecraft by customizing a Spleef style game. Your personal project mod or game will use all you have learned during the summer camp. Once your project is done, share and test others classmates creations.

Popular Demand

Minecraft is a relevant learning medium for any age. Due to popular demand, we have created a two track system for students to be able to collaborate within their age group and at equivalent levels and speed.

Elementary Track – includes more time for testing mini games and building your custom papercraft minecraft character

Elementary Track Sign-up – July 30th   Elementary Track Sign-up – Aug 27th

Jr. & Sr High School Track – includes more time for higher level challenge cards and option to experiment with cloud connected electronics to do IoT style connections between virtual and physical worlds.

Jr & Sr High Track Sign-up – July 30th   Jr & Sr High Track Sign-up – Aug 27th

Each student will need to bring a laptop with the Google Chrome browser installed. Share with a friend and download our printable PDF with 4 Day Outline

Want to know more? Ask us a question at

Mission to Mars – Summer Camp 2017

event hero image smThe team at Maker Toolset has done it again!

We are excited to announce our “Mission to Mars” Summer Camp 2017 which will bring you four days of hands-on learning. From building a foundation of STEM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to preparing you for college level classes and careers in engineering and design, this camp will see you take flight this summer.

Designed for beginners new to 2D and 3D modeling, engineering design, and coding for robotics you will quickly find confidence in your ability to build a drone glider. If you have spent time with any of these tools before, we also have a number of additional challenges awaiting to push the limits of your problem solving abilities.

Sign-up now…

Mission to Mars Summer Camp – July 30th Start


Day 1 – Design and build an Exploration Drone
Introduction to Exploring Mars – What challenges do we face and what tools can help us?
Learn basic aerodynamics and build techniques, and construct a pre-cut drone glider prototype.
Learn about the unique problems for flight on Mars and start designing your own improved drone for exploring the Red Planet.


Day 2 – Design Tools for Exploration
Learn to use Sketchup for 2D & 3D design and problem solving. Design a drone (plane) and turn it into a template for laser cutting the parts to create a prototype.
Each student will need to bring a laptop with Sketchup Make installed.


Day 3 – Design a Robot & Launch our Drone
Learn coding for Robotics.
Do basics of making the robot move, code to move an arm, obstacle avoidance and sensors.


Day 4 – Presentation Polish and Sharing
Final build and preparation for presentation of your drone solution.
Additional investigation of real exploration scenarios for Mars and what can be done with the knowledge, tools, and techniques learned.

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Take flight this summer with us on a “Mission to Mars”.

For those who cannot make our first camp, we have the same camp running late August as well.

August 27th Camp start Signup


Celebrate Your Games

Wow, we made it! The super successful first annual Electronic Arcade Game Playoffs was a brilliant highlight to the Coding for Life event of Tokyo Sandbox 2017. A huge thank-you to Kevin Lim of Tokyo Sandbox for his confidence in us to put on a show that was remarkable. Additionally, a full round of applause to all of you, the students who demonstrated your creativity, hard work, and persistence to conceptualize and deliver on your ideas!

Please remember to individually thank your teachers who gave up many afternoons and weekends to get behind this project to provide a very unique and authentic learning experience for us all. A wonderful surprise was the extraordinary support from the volunteers at Tokyo Sandbox as well as the team from YouMeWe who will be putting all the proceeds from token sales into their Digital Literacy Project with children living in institutionalized homes. Your efforts will make a difference in the life of underprivileged children in Japan.

A quick summary of the overall event summary in infographic format below.

In the spirit of transparency and reiteration, we have corrected a silly gaff that has actually changed the order of the results previously announced! Please see the v2 results below…


Due to the misreading of a 1 as a 4 during the announcement of winners, we have corrected our mistake and offered even more prizes for the excellence shown by students.


To wrap up, the Grand Prize winner of the littleBits Gizmo and Gadgets kit was K-IST coders. Thank-you again to Korg and littleBits for their assistance with judging as well as for supplying the prizes.

combo prize

Runner Up – Coding for Life Prize for significant technical coding challenge goes to GuriiEcoGames who have won the littleBits Space Kit and the littleBits Base Kit.


Runner Up – Arcade Gamer Appeal Prize for ability to draw people in to play everyone’s game goes to Team Mallaborema who have won the littleBits Gizmo and Gadgets kit.


Also, a very big congratulations to Mr. Shibata who beat the odds in a raffle of 45 gamers who completely filled their stamp passports for the entry to win a Nintendo Switch!

Judging for the Playoffs was extremely tough as every single team put in a huge effort and came up with interesting and fun ideas for their games. There was a bit of genius in each game and we hope this has provided more fuel to your passion to invent more and constantly stretch your creativity. In the end, the attendees chose for us through their determination to play again and again as they tried to master the game and compete with their friends. We look forward to seeing how high you may have raised the bar for next year!

Final Updates – Electronic Arcade Game Playoffs May 14th

We’ve done additional checkins with Team GuriiEcoGames and Team Mallaborema and they are on the home stretch with their games which are looking very good and promise to provide fun and challenging game play action for all who attend the Playoffs Event this coming May 14th.

GuriiEcoGames – With a Japanese themed interactive battle game, your reaction speed and moves will be put to the test. Brace yourselves for two player action fun.

GuriiecoGames teaser

Mallaborema – Space and time may bend while playing this colourful challenge to your reactionary speed. Ready, Go!Mallaborema teaser

Posters to remind your friends, faculty and family come to enjoy your game on May 14th are linked below.

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Download Poster PDF in English


Download Poster PDF in Japanese

Electronic Arcade – Countdown to the Playoffs!

Each school and team are hard at work preparing their Electronic Arcade Game for the Playoffs Event this May 14th. Mark the date on your calendar and join the fun!

Have you scheduled your game preview with our Judges?

We had a great preview of the game the K-IST Coders, JEPI, and SVS teams are creating. Enthusiasm, hard work, and teamwork were on full display here. Elements of programming, physical computing and modelling were all present. We are looking forward to playing your games on May 14th!

K-IST Coders – Here’s a teaser photo. We don’t want to give away too much before the day of the playoffs, but we can say it involves a character named Banana Bully.K-IST Coders

Team JEPI – Lights are blinking, code is in progress and buttons are being cut as Team JEPI sprints to the arcade finish line.


Team SVS – Waves are beckoning you to try this Hawaiian themed game, but beware the shark infested waters!SVS IMG_2949

Overall, we are impressed by the teams’ enthusiasm and thought put into bringing you the most creative, challenging, and fun games you’ve played in a long time. We expect there will be plenty of “play testing” between now and the playoff event to find the right mix of challenge versus playability for all our guests at Tokyo Sandbox. Support your school and fellow students by buying your tickets and stopping in to play their games and many others on May 14th at Akiba Square in Akihabara.

Electronic Arcade Game Playoffs 2

Downloadable PDF Posters

Introducing our Pilot Spring Camp 2017

At Maker Toolset’s Pilot Spring Camp 2017 students will build  21st Century skills through design challenges using digital fabrication, physical computing, coding and robotics.

This 2-day camp is open to Jr. and Sr. High School students in the Tokyo area with the desire to learn in a primarily English environment at a fraction of the cost of an overseas design or engineering camp.

Friday, March 24th: Rescue Robot and Design Challenge – 4 hours (12pm to 4pm)
Use tools like 3D pen, crafting tools, and a design cutter to construct an environment and robot shell to perform a rescue in your presented disaster scenario.

Saturday, March 25th: 3D Game Design and Fabrication Challenge – 4 hours (2pm to 6pm)
Use Autodesk 360 to design a game and fabricate it on a CNC machine. Advanced options include electronics, sensors or robotics, for added game interactivity.

2 day spring program
8 hours of instruction and build time
students will supply their own laptops and pre-install free software for designing, coding and fabrication
¥22,500 per student (price includes tax)
5-6 students per mentor

Dates and time: Friday, March 24th 12pm – 4pm and Saturday March 25th 2pm – 6pm
Location: SunLife Nerima in Nakamurabashi


Sign up now!

I ♥︎ CRAFTECH Valentine’s Day event in collaboration with Maker Toolset

Design your own Valentine’s Day cards and Valentine’s gift packaging using computer controlled cutters.


Date: Sunday Feb 12th, 2017 14:00 to 17:30

Place: 4F, 5 Ichigayasanai, Shinjuku, Tokyo, 162-0846

Age: 8 – 18 years old

Fee: ¥3,000 (one + children per adult)
+ Adults one ¥2,000   + Children one ¥1,000

  • Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • All materials, special chocolate treats and drinks included.
  • Photos and video will shot during Craftech Kids to be used on the Lowp website and social media.

Contact :

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Originally from Los Angeles, Guy is a Variety Entertainer and “Multi-Talent” who has been featured in many advertising campaigns. He works as a Creative Consultant and is the Social / Creative Director at Lowp. Guy will also have some enjoyable surprises to share at the event.

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  • 対象: 8 – 18歳
  • 料金: ¥3,000(おとな1人+こども1人)
    +おとな1人 ¥2,000   +こども1人 ¥1,000
  • 12歳以下はおとなの同伴が必要です。
  • すべての材料、スペシャルチョコレート、ドリンクが含まれています。
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Fukushima – Electronic Arcade Game Workshop

Thanks to the generosity of everyone’s support for the Tokyo Rocks for Tohoku/ Ladies Rock for Tohoku events held by a collective of Tokyo-based indie musicians and local venues keeping Tohoku in their hearts and on their minds.

We enjoyed running this creativity and technology workshop with a group of underprivileged children in Fukushima last weekend. Their unbridled enthusiasm to take on the challenge and stretch beyond what they thought possible was an eye-opener. What a great chance to spark the idea to leverage physical computing for solving problems while having fun with technology.

The students put the design cycle into action while using easy to understand electronic building blocks by littleBits, some Makedo, cardboard, elastics, marbles, and other construction tools to prototype their team’s Electronic Arcade Game. Next, members from other teams playtested the games and gave feedback on enjoyment and suggested improvements.

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