What do programmers at NASA and seven year olds in a Computer Science classroom have in common? They both program in Python! In this blog post, our Program Leader Michael, a Computer Science teacher, shares his knowledge and experience teaching coding to young people. Is Python accessible? I’ve been teaching Python to school aged children […]
We are thrilled to announce that we have launched a GCSE Computer Science Bootcamp. We’ve condensed the most important learning from the OCR Computer Science GCSE into a 6 week intensive course. This course covers both papers and learners will receive extra resources and content to work on in between sessions. What is the bootcamp? […]
This week, we caught up with Filippo, a young Fire Tech UK-based camper, who attended our Python with Minecraft week-long online course during the October half term. Continue reading as he answers our questions about his experience with Fire Tech. What did you create/make/build/code during your week at Fire Tech? We learnt all the basics […]
Python is one of the most popular languages in both industry, research, and many other creative fields and is an incredibly fantastic and easy language to get started with! Python is taught at GCSE, A-Level, and at University, so learning Python early on will give your child a head start academically and to support future […]
Recently, we caught up with Priya, a first year Computer Science student at the University of Exeter who attended a Fire Tech course as a teen. Alongside her studies, Priya now supports Fire Tech in delivering in-person camps and online courses to young people across the UK. Continue reading as she answers our questions about […]
Fire Tech is proud to announce the launch of two brand new coding and game design courses to support young people in learning the technologies that are shaping the world around us. Course topics include ‘Python With Minecraft’ and ‘Making Video Games With Python’, and will be running online this October Half-Term so students can […]
Much like reading, improving your child’s coding and tech skills need to be supported as part of everyday education and learning. The best position to be in is where your child has the motivation and excitement to work on projects independently, but how do we reach this point? In this blog post, we break down […]
Have you ever heard your Roblox-obsessed child saying words like “obby, brick battle, robux” and you’re clueless as to what they’re talking about? You’re not alone. Of course, with millions of users of Roblox across the world, the young community of gamers and creatives have developed their own Roblox-specific slang. As a guide for parents, […]
Java programming, sound familiar? I am sure many of you would have heard of Java, especially if you’re working in the tech, banking or gaming sectors. Java is used globally and is the coding language that powers Android phones and platforms such as Minecraft, Airbnb and Uber. It’s easy to learn and is taught throughout […]
Have you heard of Python coding or ever wondered what language is most useful for your child or teen to learn? Either at school or even to set them up for their future, be it at university or later on in their career – or even as a hobby? Python is one of the most […]
Coding is part of the discipline of Computer Science which itself is defined by the term ‘Computational Thinking’. Seymor Papert, the renowned mathematician, computer scientist, and educator, wrote in his seminal book Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas (1980) that computational thinking is a ‘mode of thought’. It is a thinking discipline which, Papert claimed, […]
I’m often asked about girls in STEAM – how to get them in, why they quit, why don’t more stick with it. There are as many answers as there are girls! At Fire Tech we have lots of girls who love tech and who love to use it to solve problems and express their creativity. […]
In the past, eager parents wanted their children to become accountants, doctors and lawyers. Today, you are just as likely to hear parents talking about their kids becoming software developers, computer scientists and technology entrepreneurs. Here are our top eight reasons for encouraging your child to learn to code. Develops Confidence and Independence One of […]
We asked Dave Ames, one of our curriculum developers to answer a question we get a lot – how does our Teen Coding with Python course dovetail with the GCSEs? Here’s what he had to say: All of the GCSE Computer Science Specifications require the student to complete a substantial programming project (15-20 hours) solving […]
Johannes, our Python tutor, explains why. Coding is a hot topic. Last summer break our Python course was hugely popular as many kids are showing the desire to learn this programming language. Here’s what you need to know about our Python course. What’s Python and how is it used? Python is a high-level interpreted programming language. […]
“Most of us lived this through the interface. But, in the midst of all this easy-to-use technology, somehow we lost touch with the fact that someone has to build it all. And the kids have become consumers, sitting slack-jawed and motionless above the wrists for hours, killing baddies but never knowing the thrill of summoning the code-driven genies themselves. So how can we halt this decline? It’s simple – let’s get young people excited about coding.”
Python has overtaken French as the most popular language to learn in primary schools, according to a new survey.
Fire Tech Camp is part of a educational movement to enable more young people to take advantage of the many and growing job vacancies in the field of technology.
There has never been a better time to get yourself coding. Here’s a list of resources and why you should start!
Wondering about the benefits of learning to programme and write computer code? See the article I wrote for Jump! Mag about why kids should be coding! Image credit: Jump! Mag