Technology and the environment – two of the most important and talked-about topics of the twenty-first century. In Bristol this April, Fire Tech Camp is bringing them both together in a fun holiday camp engineered to get young people thinking about the physical world around them.
The event ties in with Bristol’s status as European Green Capital 2015 and is generously supported by Bristol 2015 Ltd, who are funding a massive 50% of camp places. Read on for all the green, juicy details.
What is Greentech Camp?
Greentech Camp takes the core elements of an ordinary Fire Tech Camp – creativity, technology, critical thinking – and gives them a green twist in the form of graphics, themes, sensors and other hardware equipment. Three of the most popular elements of the Fire Tech curriculum are on offer for children and teens in Bristol and the south west area:
- Video Game Design (ages 9-14*)
- Teen Hardware and Physical Computing with Arduino (ages 12+)
- Teen Coding with Python (ages 14+)
Each camp will cover the same concepts normally covered, for example creating a great user experience in Video Game Design or the inputs and outputs programmable by an Arduino in the Teen Hardware camp, and then uses these newly-learned skills to address topical environmental issues and raise awareness about sustainability and related topics. Specially-sourced equipment and graphics will be provided to allow campers to realise their ideas on a practical level – creating games, writing code and building robots and gadgets that all tie in to the Greentech Camp theme. In addition, there will be special speakers to engage and inspire students with the potential of technology to make our world a greener place.
Greentech Camp starts on Tuesday 7th April (the day after Easter Monday) and runs until Friday 10th April and will be held at Bristol Grammar School in Central Bristol.
Find out more about each of the three camps and book online:
Scholarships from Bristol 2015
Greentech Camp has been made possible by the generous partnership of Bristol 2015, who are keen to get local young people with a passion for tech involved in the event. To this end, they are fully-funding 12 of the camp places! To apply for a scholarship, potential game designers, coders and Arduino engineers should get in touch using our standard scholarship application process or you can give us a call with any questions on 0207 193 4002.
Green technology is at the forefront of conserving the natural environment – something that will have a profound effect on future generations. We are delighted to be supporting a dedicated Greentech Camp as part of Bristol 2015’s International Green Technology Festival – which includes funding half of the places to make the camp as accessible as possible – and we are looking forward to seeing what these future coders and programmers come up with.
Sonny Masero, Bristol 2015 International Green Technology Festival Advisor
It’s fantastic to have this level of support from Bristol 2015 as part of their commitment to European Green Capital events taking place around the leading tech hub of the south west this year, and helps us as we continue to follow our mission of making technology accessible as widely as possible.
More about Bristol Green Capital 2015
While we are most excited about Greentech Camp, that is far from the only thing going on to mark Bristol’s year as the European Green Capital (the first year a UK city has worn the crown). There are lots of events to get involved with.
Our cream of the environmentally-friendly crop is:
Green Youth Day and YouthSummit
The future of the environment and technology lies in the hands of our future generations. This is a chance for those generations to discuss their ideas and make their voice heard on a wider platform. A series of talks, films and demonstrations on the 20 April is open to all people aged under 25 and will culminate in rally on Earth Day (22 April).
Venturefest Bristol and Bath 2015
A huge opportunity for entrepreneurs seeking investment and collaboration to network with some of the most innovative big businesses and exciting small start-ups in the tech scene.
Big Green Week
Bristol’s annual festival of environmental arts, ideas and culture is set to be bigger than ever during this very speical year. There will be over 120 events including two weekends of family-friendly entertainment, talks and workshops.
*Video Game Design curricula has been adapted and age group has been expanded for this one-off event to give more young people in the Bristol area a chance to get involved.