Courses for 9-17 Year Olds

Courses for 9-17 Year Olds

Fire Tech Camp in the News

Fire Tech Camp in the News

Now Booking Oct and Dec 2014 Courses

Now Booking Oct and Dec 2014 Courses

 

Teaching kids and teens how to develop video games, mobile apps, robotics and more.

Fire Tech Camp offers short courses for ages 9-17 - getting the next generation of developers coding and creating. Learn real coding languages and techniques as used by the pros!

About Fire Tech Camp

What is Fire Tech Camp

Creativity. Innovation. Technology. Fire Tech Camp is bringing these together to empower your child with the skills and environment to build something amazing. Fire Tech Camp are London’s only tech daycamps, putting the power of technology into kids’ hands so that they can create their own games, design their own smartphone apps, and build robots to do their bidding! During school holiday periods children age 9 to 17 will spend five days at Imperial College or another great venue gaining great skills, and getting exposure to the inner workings of the games and tech world.  New for 2014 - we now also offer special one day events on Wearable Tech and Minecraft. Young people will make new friends, stretch their horizons, and enjoy the support of a world class team.

Find out more:

Our Courses for 9-17 year olds


Kids and Teens Learn Tech Skills in London

Our flagship location is Imperial College, London

Imperial College is the flagship location for Fire Tech Camps. Imperial College is consistently ranked top university in London, with a reputation for excellence in science-based subjects. Fire Tech Campers will in many cases be enjoying the use of Imperial’s excellent facilities, and in many cases will be supported by student instructors from top universities, including Imperial.  Not all camps are held at Imperial, so be sure to check the location of the camp you are booking!

16-20 December 2013 camps will be held at Imperial, as will our Sunday Series, starting 12 Jan 2014.  February half-term camps will be held at the Baden-Powell House, (65-67 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5JS).

(Note: Fire Tech Camp is not an Imperial College programme and we are not officially affiliated with Imperial College. )

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Testimonials

Kids show their work to parents at Fire Tech camp

... and their parents

Fire Tech Camp provided my kids an experience to create a game and gave them a greater appreciation for what it takes to make the games they play.  I highly recommend the camp for any child who is interested in computer games.  I’ve already enrolled my children in the robotics summer camp.

A unique and inclusive learning experience across all ages.

Great initaitve.  Hope it takes off and accelerates.

Jill’s a wonderful, inspiring leader, determined that children should find the world of technology engaging and fun.  It was great to see the enthusiasm of her teaching team.  My children talked endlessly about their latest discoveries, Fire Tech definitely sold them on the idea that science is exciting and fun, something I would never have achieved alone.

Paying for three children to attend is slightly uncomfortable as the camp is not the cheapest option for holiday courses. HOWEVER, they all want to return (which is a first), they had a lot of fun and were inspired.  What you do that is so different from other camps is to treat them as young university students – my three are of an age where they are independent thinks an deasily feel indignant if treated as “children.” They are very lucky to be afforded the resect and the learning opportunities in a first class environment (I’m slightly jealous to be honest.)

My daughter continued working on her app for two hours more after she got home at 5 pm.  That’s how much she enjoyed it.

My son had a challenging and stimulating week designing his app under the guidance of the Fire Tech faculty, giving him a unique IT experience beyond the scope of the school curriculum.  Thank you!

Thank you for accommodating my son aged 11 years with special needs.  His passions are technology and engineering - we were honest with you about his difficulties and you did everything you could to make sure that he was settled, included and gained more than we could ever have hoped for in terms of learning and enjoyment.   Thank you for your positive and practical approach.  It is a very special feeling for a parent of a child whose life isn't straightforward to know that there are wonderful people in this world like you and your course tutors who will do all they can to reach out to the youngster and look forward with them to see what they can achieve.  Best wishes for your future courses.

 

Contact

You can see answers to our most frequently asked questions in our  FAQs

We are also happy to hear from you if you have any queries or need help with your booking.

Contact info
Jill Hodges, Founder
Telephone: +44.7798.928.057
Email: jill@firetechcamp.com


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FAQs

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What are the instructors like?

Angela Brennan is the Head of Curricula Development and Training and she and her team will be overseeing all instruction. We hire talented Computer Science and Engineering students including PHD students, with a large number coming from Imperial College, to be Student Instructors to lead the small (usually 8 student) camper teams during the sessions.  They will all be trained, in person, by the Fire Tech Team in our curricula and policies.

What does a typical day at Fire Tech Camp look like?

Kids arrive between 8.45 and 9.15 – start the day with a warm-up activity and then start working on their projects.
Kids have a break for a snack in the morning,
More project work til lunch time - kids bring their own lunches.
There will be a 60-90 minute break for lunch in the afternoon - games will be organised indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather.  
Special speakers or excursions may be planned!
Kids keep working on their projects until pick-up time.
In addition to the rooms where the coding sessions take place, we have break-out rooms for snacks and indoor activities, and a dedicated lunch area for Fire Tech Camp.

Can you recommend accommodation near the campus as I’m coming from further afield and would like to stay nearby?

For the London camp, Imperial College has some summer accommodation options and the Meininger Hotel is a hostel in South Kensington that is clean, inexpensive and may be suitable for young people and families.

 

 

Do the kids need to bring any equipment?

Kids should bring headphones and can bring smartphones to class if they want to take photos or videos as content for their projects,  test their games or apps on their own device, and if they want us to help them load the game to the device (we will provide instructions for kids who prefer to do it themselves at home).  They should also bring a packed lunch - we'll provide snacks but if your child has serious allergies they probably want to bring their own.  We provide laptops for the classes for the younger students, but some of the teen-focused courses require a laptop, as we believe working on their own laptop and installing all the programmes there makes it more likely that they will be able to continue their work at home after the course.  If you are signing up for a teen class and do not have a laptop for your student, we can provide one although there is additional fee for us to rent that for you.

Do you offer shorter days?

In the summer, many of our classes run from 9 am to 5 pm.  Parents are welcome to pick kids up at any time that is convenient to them - we will ask you each morning what time you plan to pick them up so that we know if you are planning to come before 5 pm.  We have planned the camp with a longer day so that working parents will not need to arrange additional child-care.  We also find that the kids are quite happy to work on their core projects, plus their websites, Makey Makeys and other circuitry experiments, and other activities available to them throughout the afternoon.  (In fact, the challenge is getting them to shut things down!)  As the children's work is in most cases quite independent and the tuition is more or less one-on-one, it isn't a problem if you prefer that your child leave earlier in the day.  Just let us know!

We do have shorter formats during half-terms, and the teen courses also tend to be shorter hours (10 am to 3 pm) as we find that's usually a more suitable rhythm for them and their work.

We also have some one day camp options such as Building Worlds with Minecraft. Look at our course pages for more information.

Will my 9 year old be working with 17 year olds?

All of the courses are designed with a particular age range in mind and when we have enough demand for more than one tutor for a topic, we are able to split the group into narrow ages.  Usually the age span in a specific tutor's group is no more than 2-3 years.

What about disruptive kids?

It is very important to us that all of the campers have the opportunity to have fun and to get the most out of Fire Tech Camp.  Of course we know that kids can be playful and we want this to be a fun environment, very different from school.  We will do our best to engage kids who may find their attention wandering, who may be less keen on one particular activity, or who are due for a runaround outside.

We cannot, however, permit kids to disrupt the camp experience for other kids.  Tutors will first let the disruptive child know that their behaviour is not appropriate, and that it is hindering other kids from enjoying the programme.  If the problem persists it will escalate to the camp director, who will decide whether we need to call the parents.  Children who are destructive with our equipment or setting, or who prevent other kids from benefitting from the camp will be suspended or expelled from the programme.  Of course we would hate to have to do that, but it is important that we provide all of our campers and their families with a productive and safe environment.

How are the Student Instructors selected and trained?

We recruit computer science and engineering students from Imperial College and other universities to work with the kids on their projects as Camp Instructors. We also recruit experienced Computing Teachers to lead the camp. They will all go through 1-2 days of in-person training on the curriculum and on the pedagogy of teaching technology to kids. The student instructors will be supported in the camp sessions by our Head of Curricula Development and Training, who will lead the training team and supervise all instruction.

How can I be sure that my kids leave the campus with the right person?

During camp registration, parents will indicate who is authorised to pick up the children. That person will need to show ID to sign the children out. Parents can modify the authorised person if necessary by getting in touch with Fire Tech Camps.

How many students per teacher?

We will have approximately eight students per instructor.

Is First Aid available at all times at the camp?

There will be a First Aid trained staff member in attendance at every camp session.

Will I get to see what my kids are doing?

Parents will have an opportunity to see their children’s projects and get to know their instructors on the last day, at the Grand Finale - details will be available in the information pack you will receive prior to coming to camp.

I really want to go to Fire Tech Camp but it’s simply too expensive for my family – are there any scholarships available?

We don’t want any child to be limited by their economic circumstances and we are raising corporate sponsorship that will enable us to offer a limited number of scholarships. Please email scholarship@firetechcamp.com if you would like to apply for a scholarship.  More information on our scholarship program can be found here.

Is there a residential option for the camp?

There may be options for this in the Summer of 2015 - keep an eye on our website for more details.

Can I cancel my course for a refund?

Unfortunately we cannot provide refunds, as we book classes and venues on a custom basis. However, we are able to give you credit for a different course or date, if you cancel with six weeks advance notice.

In the unlikely event that Fire Tech Camp cancelled a course, we would offer refunds.