Fire Tech Camp has been busy working on new curricula to introduce in 2017. We've managed to get the first of these out in time for our December 2016 camps. Junior Coder is a course for 9-12 year olds new to the world of tech and coding. It's an exploration of robotics, animation, app design, games design, and straight-up coding. This course gives young people a chance to get to grips with the basics, and work on an original project in their chosen area.
This post is about our second session in Gibraltar, when a group of 22 students discovered the awesome potential of tiny robots! To find out about our music-making session with bananas and Makey Makeys, read Part One.
In July 2015 we launched our first ever residential camp at Wycombe Abbey and it was incredible. Students came from far and wide (from across the UK plus further afield, including France, Oman and Hong Kong) to explore new technologies and bond over fun evening games and the thrill of writing code that makes things happen!
Python is now the 'language' of choice among parents of children at primary school age, according to a recent survey published by Ocado Technnology. Six out of ten parents would prefer their child to learn this versatile coding language than French.
Digital Technology can be hugely creative and rewarding. Whether you keep your fingers busy coding, soldering or gaming, it's easy to lose yourself for hours in cyberspace. But for all the fun and adventure, there is no excuse for outdated stereotypes and bad manners. Here are some handy tips for going about computer tech the right way.
We're seeing more and more on this: 1 million unfilled tech jobs in the US and similar numbers in Europe at a time when youth unemployment is a worrying and persistent fact of life. Only 5% of schools in the US teach computer science - I haven't seen statistics for that on the UK, but it's unlikely we're much better. But kids and parents are figuring this out! Over 28,000 kids a year are going to tech camp in the US. It's just getting started in Europe and we are delighted to be at the forefront of that.
I love this infographic on coding languages: who invented them, why they're named the way they are, who uses them! Just the kind of info that we'd like to share with all our campers and especially those coming to our Teen Coding Class this summer! Come join us and start coding in Java or Python!
It started before our Easter classes - parents and teens themselves calling me to find out if we had anything to offer to 15 & 16 year olds who are keen to learn to code. And if not us, who?