Max Armstrong, 12, is a connoisseur of summer camps.
Last week he attended one in nondescript office space in a small Jacksonville Beach industrial complex. He was a few blocks from the ocean but never went outside. Despite the atypical camp location, he gave it rave reviews.
What’s not to like about a camp called Drone Pilot Race School?
“It’s awesome,” he said. “Definitely my favorite summer camp.”
Drone School is one of the summer and after-school classes offered at the newly opened Bolts & Bytes Maker Academy, a fully equipped educational “maker-space” for youth ages 9 to 16. Other current classes include 3D printing, skateboard design, spy lab, silk-screen printing and escape-room building. Camp costs are generally $150.
“Technology is more accessible than it has ever been before,” said Reed Beaubouef,. founder and president. “A maker space is just a place to build stuff. ... Kids really want to build stuff.”