You may have seen over on Instagram that we’re posting a countdown calendar as we edge towards the big day!
Here’s where you can find all of the resources and links so you can get your kids trying fun STEM activities at home, find the answers to our mind-boggling puzzles, and discover our latest offers.
Don’t forget to tag us at #FireTechCamp to share your creations!
Day 1. Your Christmas Gift Guide
Splash out on a gift for tech-savvy youngsters in celebration of Xmas. Short on time? We’ve shopped around for you and pulled together a list of potential pressies for various ages, physical sizes (under a tree or in a stocking) as well as fitting a range of wallet sizes!
Day 2. Play Dough Christmas Tree
Build a Christmas tree with play dough! Looking for a weekend activity for the whole family. Get them building with this fun little activity.
Day 3. Joke Time
At Fire Tech we love sharing jokes, especially tech-related ones! We found a great list of jokes here which combine both Christmas and tech and we chose our favourite to share with you on today’s Instagram post.
Day 4. Micro:bit Activity
Let’s make a Christmas decoration that we can use at home that is so irritating it will drive your family bonkers!
Day 5. Let’s Give Back
Over a million people aged 75+ in the UK don’t hear from anyone at Christmas. But we can change that! Bring your team together as you lift someone’s spirit this Christmas. Check out the Wonderful Christmas Post.
DAY 6. CANDY CANE CODING
Yes, you heard this right. We love this idea from Left Brain Child. If ever there was the perfect activity for a Friday night, this is it.
DAY 7. NEW COURSE IDEAS
What course would you like Fire Tech to offer and why? Do you want us to run a course on Data Science, maybe introduce a Start-up founder course, or maybe something completely different! Let us know in the comments below or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
DAY 8. THE EMOTION MACHINE ACTIVITY
Program this card robot face to show different emotions one after another. This is a very simple way to introduce the idea of programs and sequences of instructions as well as computational thinking ideas like algorithmic thinking and decomposition. Screen reader support enabled.
DAY 9. JOKE TIME
Keeping it light-hearted today because as you know the team here at Fire Tech love sharing jokes, especially tech-related ones! We found our favourite here.
DAY 10. ENGINEERING CHALLENGES
Swap that evening in front of the TV and instead work on your engineering skills with stuff you have at home. Build structures, bridges and buildings, all with stuff you have at home… Ideas for kids aged 5+. Get inspired here.
DAY 11. CHRISTMAS PIXEL PUZZLES
Something for the whole family to get involved in on a cold night. All you need is a printer and some coloured crayons. Solve simple colour-by-number puzzles linked to Christmas and winter, and gain a deeper understanding of image representation. Click here for more info.
DAY 12. INTERN WITH FIRE TECH
Intern with Fire Tech for the week! Add something incredible to your resume! Young people aged 15+ can spend the week supporting us at camp over the Easter or summer holidays. Apply by clicking this link.
DAY 13. GALAXY CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS
This festive-fun STEM activity is innovative and fun! Check out this link for unique Christmas ornaments to make yourself.
DAY 14. JOKE TIME
Get inspired by these jokes. Feel free to share your favourite joke with us – the sillier the better!
DAY 15. TECH FOR GOOD
We’ve included it here as a sobering reminder that technology can create a gulf between regions of the world. One Laptop Per Child aim to give every child in the world access to quality, innovative education, providing each child with a rugged, connected, low-cost computer as well as educational support. The initiative has seen over 2.5 million computers in the hands of school children in 60 countries around the world.
DAY 16. PUZZLE TIME
Unscramble these words…
(hint – most have something to do with environmental health science)
bolgal; taehhl; adn; hcloso; eicensc
Answers: global; health; dna; school; science
DAY 17. OFF-SCREEN ACTIVITIES
As the year starts to wind down and we all start to have slightly more time with our family, it’s a good time to get the kids exploring. We’ve put a handy list together of 10 off screen tech-related activities you can do with your kids on this cold winter nights…
DAY 18. DIY CHRISTMAS SLIME
It’s time to get sticky, messy and have lots of fun – because who doesn’t like slime? We can already feel the deathly stares from the parents reading. But please, do forgive us, we just want to share the Christmas fun here!
DAY 19. JOKE TIME
What’s your best tech-related joke? Share your favourite in the comments on our latest Instagram post.
DAY 20. VECTOR DRAWING PUZZLES
Follow the instructions to create pictures from shapes and learn about vector graphics. Then create your own drawings. Learn a practical use of the maths of scaling. We love this idea from the team over at Teaching London Computing.
DAY 21. DIY SPEAKERS
Christmas music at the ready? Amplify the sound with these make-at-home balloon speakers.
DAY 22. SCHOOL WORKSHOPS
March 6th 2020 is the start of British Science Week to celebrate all things relating to science, technology, engineering and maths.
To celebrate, Fire Tech’s team of expert tutors is going to select one school and host a FREE workshop showing students how to engineer robots, code video games, or learn about digital media production.
Get in touch to tell us if you’d like us to bring our workshops to your child’s school. Let us know the name of the school and who you think we should contact. Email us email@example.com
DAY 23. JOKE TIME
It’s just 2 days until Christmas! Check out today’s joke on Instagram and comment your best!