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Fire Tech launches partnership with Duke of Edinburgh

Fire Tech, the edtech company that runs cutting-edge tech camps for 8 to 17-year-olds, is now working in partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh Award

Fire Tech’s online tech camps inspire and educate students about the technologies that are shaping the world around us. They are made up of engaging challenges that bring technology to life, on topics including artificial intelligence, video game design, Python, and augmented and virtual reality.

From October 2020, Fire Tech students can now use Fire Tech’s Teen Coding with Python courses (part 1 and part 2) courses as part of their skill building projects towards their Bronze Level Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Each class, made up of no more than 8 students per class, is live-streamed by one of Fire Tech’s expert tutors, who are recruited from the UK’s leading universities and trained to instruct effectively online.

Each year, Fire Tech supports thousands of students via their online courses taught by expert tutors from the UK’s leading universities like Cambridge University, Imperial, and King’s College London.

Since launching, the company has delivered over 70,000 learning experiences to young people across the world and partnered with some of the world’s biggest brands like Amazon and Barclays, and with international governments in Oman, Seychelles, and Gibraltar. 

From 1st October 2020, students can join Fire Tech’s popular Python courses as part of their Bronze Level submission. These courses include:

  • Small class sizes: there will be a maximum of eight students to one tutor, giving kids plenty of one-on-one support. 
  • Content expert tutors: mainly coming from the UK’s top universities and trained by Fire Tech
  • Project-based learning: each child will be creating and making with technology, not passively learning
  • In-depth courses: each course lasts for four or five days, allowing teens to go deep, beyond the coding content of the Computer Science GCSE

Founder and CEO of Fire Tech, Jill Hodges, said:

“We understand that these are challenging times for families, and we are delighted to have an online offer that supports young people so that they can pursue the Duke of Edinburgh awards.  We hope this is another way that young people can find new ways to socialise and engage with skills development, even when Covid-19 means that so many activities are up in the air. These digital skills will help them with their academics in secondary school, university, and into the world of work.”

About Fire Tech

Fire Tech’s mission is to give young people the tools and inspiration to become the tech creators, makers and leaders of the future. We have delivered over 70,000 learning experiences to young people across five continents. Courses include Python coding, AI, cyber security, robotics and digital media production. Each workshop is designed to teach young people 21st-century skills such as design thinking, collaboration and problem-solving. All of our programmes are taught by tech-savvy teachers from some of the UK’s leading universities. We run holiday camps, residentials and courses in school term times in over 20 locations across the UK.

Jill Hodges started the company seven years ago when she realised that she couldn’t find a way for her own kids to learn creative tech skills, either in or out of school. She wanted to provide a place where kids could get their hands dirty and experiment with a wide range of technology concepts. 

The UK needs an additional 38,000 workers with computer science-related skills, including 21,000 computer science graduates, to meet labour demands every year – or the economy faces losing out on an estimated £33 billion a year by 2030, according to recent independent economic research conducted for Amazon by Capital Economics.

Contact details

Contact: Michael Cotter, Fire Tech UK Head of Product
Email: michael@firetechcamp.com 

Website: https://www.firetechcamp.com/
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