Kenilworth Makers Academy 2017



The Kenilworth Makers Academy returns with an all new series this summer, as the Kenilworth Public Library will host a summer-long odyssey into the world of robotics, DIY, and maker culture, culminating in a trip to two major science and technology sites. Children from 2nd through 7th grade are invited to enter our lottery through June 13, 2017.

The Kenilworth Makers Academy, created through the generous support of the Ralph Errington Charitable Foundation, will run from June 28 to August 9 on Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, followed by an all day trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and the New Jersey Drone Academy on Saturday, August 19.

Lucky entrants who are chosen via lottery will be admitted to the Wonder League, a series of exciting coding and robotics classes hosted by Mad Science of Union and Hudson County. Students will be part of a worldwide network of robotics clubs, learning valuable skills with the fun programmable robotic duo Dash and Dot. All classes will take place at the Kenilworth Public Library, located at 548 Boulevard in Kenilworth. There will be six classes in total, on June 28, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, and August 9.

After completing this series, each new Academy graduate (along with one parent or guardian) will attend a bus trip to Philadelphia on Saturday, August 19. They will spend the morning at the Franklin Institute, one of America’s foremost science education and research centers, where new exhibits related to science and technology will inspire local students to continue learning.

In the afternoon, graduates will tour the NJ Drone Academy in Ringoes, NJ. In the first drone training school in New Jersey, our academy members will learn about the process of building, programming and flying UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). We are truly thrilled to bring this educational opportunity to our students at no cost.

As space is extremely limited to approximately 24 members, applicants to the Academy will be chosen via lottery on June 14, 2017. Parents of children from 2nd to 7th grade are encouraged to enter the lottery by contacting or visiting the Kenilworth Public Library by June 13, 2017. Preference will be given to Kenilworth residents and students who attend Kenilworth schools.

Selection in the June 14 lottery provides access to all six Mad Science classes and the August trip. Children who are not selected will be added to a waiting list.

Children accepted to the Academy must attend a minimum of four Mad Science classes and the August trip. Academy members who miss more than two sessions for any reason will forfeit their space in future sessions and the August trip to the first person on the waiting list. Children admitted from the waiting list must attend all remaining sessions and the August trip or forfeit their position to the next person on the waiting list. Certificates and prizes will be awarded at the end of the summer to children who successfully complete the program and attend all required sessions.

Parents of children accepted into the academy will be asked to attend a short informational session on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm. All parents will be asked provide a working email address, and to sign a photo release form and acknowledgement of program terms.

The Ralph Errington Charitable Foundation, which represents the estate of Kenilworth Tool and Die owner Ralph Errington, has supported local educational initiatives through the purchase of 3D printers, laptops, robotics kits, and other items to be used in lifelong learning at the Kenilworth Public Library. With the support of the Foundation, the Kenilworth Public Library is able to offer the Kenilworth Makers Academy at no cost.

Please contact Michael Maziekien at or (908) 276-2451 to stay updated on the details of this and other events.

The Kenilworth Public Library is located at 548 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ. Visit to find out about services, events, newsletters and other library information. The library is accessible to all.