Banish weekend boredom and get your child ahead in their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) journey.
Fire Tech Crew is our 10-week Saturday programme for 9-12 year olds running in Notting Hill, London. This is the place where children go from passive technology consumers to proactive technology creators. This is more than a Saturday club, this is 21st century learning at it’s best.
With the support of our specialist instructors, your child will complete this programme with an enthusiasm for technology. This is important, because today, every profession, from being a lawyer to a laboratory professor requires a strong foundation in technology. Yet, if we want to prepare our children for this, we have to make learning these subjects fun.
We’ve delivered more than 5000 tech courses and it’s clear that students get more inspired, more creative, and more resilient when they get hands-on and build real projects. Fire Tech Crew isn’t classroom learning, we bring subjects to life in a fun and engaging way.
Here are five skills children learn at Fire Tech Crew…
1) How to collaborate in order to evolve their projects
Tutors ensure that campers make new friends quickly by encouraging them to discuss their ideas with peers. This not only gives parents peace of mind that their children are making new friends, it encourages students to work together and challenge one another to solve problems.
2) How to program robots to follow your instructions
In this very popular session, children have the opportunity to learn about robotics and programming languages. We begin teaching them how to make the small robots follow their commands with colour coding and then how to programme using a block language called ozoblockly. They learn that specific language creates specific actions and, naturally, get very inventive.
3) How to create unique objects with 3D printers
Laser cutting and 3D printing are popular given their ability to rapidly produce models and bring concepts to life. Right now, they’re used for printing car parts and small houses – in the future they could transform the medical world and create limbs and organs.
During our sessions which are held at Maker Spaces, such as our Notting Hill location, students learn how these machines work and how to design, print and cut a small model. At the end of the class students produce fidget spinners, space rockets, and one student even created their pet pug.
4) How to build electronic projects like flashlights or remote control cars
Students use littleBits which are small electronic pieces, similar to Lego, that snap together and allow them to develop electronic projects. Some more advanced students have been able to move onto the Arduino electronics platform.
These platforms give students the freedom to make creative projects while they learn about circuits in a fun, hands-on way. This is one way tutors can get students who are less interested in code curious about STEAM subjects.
5) How to construct a mobile phone app on their favourite topic
With the popularity of smartphones and tablets, we are surrounded by all kinds of mobile apps, from payment apps to mobile games.
This is where we turn passive play into real world skills. Students are introduced to concepts such as usability and interface design. Kids begin to see how programming skills can serve to solve problems they identify themselves, communicate with friends and family, and even create commercial apps.
You can book the Fire Tech Crew course here. Fire Tech Crew takes places every Saturday (except half term) in Notting Hill, London, beginning September 16th until December 2nd. Choose between the morning session 10am-12pm or afternoons 1.30pm-3.30pm. For more information you can email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020-7193-4002.