19 March 2020
Fire Tech, the edtech company that runs cutting-edge tech camps for 9 to 17 year olds, is looking to support students stuck at home due to the coronavirus pandemic by launching new remote tech courses.
Fire Tech’s remote 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.
Each class, made up of no more than 8 students per class, is livestreamed by one of Fire Tech’s expert tutors, who are recruited from the UK’s leading universities and trained to instruct effectively online, and
Each year, Fire Tech supports thousands of students via their in-person programmes based at leading education institutions around the UK like Imperial College London, Cambridge University and Wycombe Abbey.
Since launching, the company has delivered over 30,000 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, the Seychelles and Gibraltar. They currently have 15,000 students actively using their online coding education platform.
Now, having been working on a remote offer for months, they have brought forward the launch of their remote tech courses so young people can still take part in their programmes.
Starting from 30th March, students can experience the structure and value of expert bricks-and-mortar classes, now accessed remotely from their own homes. This includes:
- Small class sizes: there will be a maximum of eight students to one tutor, giving kids plenty of one-on-one support.
- Specialist tech-savvy tutors: each one is hand-picked 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 children to go deep.
Founder and CEO of Fire Tech, Jill Hodges, said:
“The nationwide school closures announced by the UK government on 18th March present a significant challenge for parents and their children. We understand that these are challenging times for families, and we wanted to make sure that, rather than letting their progress slide, young people still had access to world-class learning experiences.”
“So many young people look forward to coming to Fire Tech because of the fun, inspiring project-based learning. We want to be sure that we bring those same values to our online offer. We know that parents were counting on us to keep their kids busy and engaged over the holidays, and that need will be all the greater now that most people will be staying close to home over the holiday period.”
Michael Cotter, Fire Tech’s Head of Learning, commented:
“We have, since our early days, had requests from families around the world to bring our camps to their local communities. The current situation is a catalyst to roll out this new format to support families around the UK and beyond, to have access to a brilliant learning opportunity wherever they are.”
Fire Tech’s remote courses are taught in English and available to students internationally. The courses will typically run between 10am to 3pm GMT. Parents interested in these courses can find out more via their website. The tech requirements to take part are listed here.
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 31,000 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 new independent economic research conducted for Amazon by Capital Economics.
Contact: Ed Halliday, Fire Tech UK Country Manager