Author Archives: Brenda

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TechCamps4Kids Wins Judges Award

Category : Awards

TechCamps4Kids won the Stirling Small Business Judges Award for 2017.  This award is given to businesses that are driven by passion, determination and their contribution to the community!

Co-Founder Brenda van Rensburg receiving the Judges Awards from Charlie Gunningham

Everyone at TechCamps4Kids are ‘over the moon’.  Many have given many hours to help build TechCamps4Kids to a position where we offer camps that are more than just coding.

Thanks to all our supporters, volunteers and staff members.  Our win is shared with all of you!


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Understanding Code

Category : Coding , Computers

TechCamps4Kids embarked on a mission this term to show kids the wonders of coding and at the same time teach kids to understand code.

The first 3 weeks had kids play with BASIC, Python and Scratch.

I love Python.  I can create some many cool things with it. (R – Year 2)

The best part is witnessing kids transform in confidence and take on coding challenges with skills learnt during each class.

Kids are introduced to different coding languages throughout the term.  Apart from creating amazing things with code, kids are 100% empowered through an Epic coding adventure!

Coming to this camp is the best part of my week! (J – Year 5)

If you missed out on this term’s coding adventure then make sure you are on our mailing list to be kept in the ‘loop’ of our next camps.  Newsletter Subscription form is to the right of this article!


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TechCamps4Kids at the Ellenbrook Community Expo

Kids and Parents had the amazing opportunity to see what kids create in our camps.

Apart from watching some videos created for Mother’s Day, kids had the opportunity to play games other kids made while parents walked through the Ellenbrook Community Expo.

Co-Founder, Brenda van Rensburg, having a little fun prior to big event!

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Kids Play Zone!

Thanks to Gracelife Women for arranging an spectacular event.  Also a special thanks to everyone that visited the Expo on the day!  And lastly, thanks to all other stalls that volunteered their time to make this event a success.


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Protect your Child Online

Category : Australia , Coding , Cyber Safety

At TechCamps4Kids, we are constantly monitoring online behavior to ensure kids experience a safe and positive experience online.  Cyber Safety is one of our main topics we cover in a number of our camps where we teach kids about safety online and how to report any suspicious behavior.

Lately, however, we have found a number of search parameters which can not be filtered for young eyes.  The results concerned me as a parent and as a leading educator within the technology environment.

As a result, we have been working with Forensic Cyber specialists and Parental Software companies to ensure parents have opportunities to equip themselves with skills and tools to help their kids have a safe experience online.

One of the companies we work closely with, and one that has already received a nod of approval with a number of parents that have invested in their products, is QUSTODIO.

I downloaded this app to monitor my kids online experience.  Qustodio has excellent customer service and I can monitor my child’s online experience from any of my devices!  (Amanda – City Beach)

Currently, this company is offering all parents a special discount so that they can monitor, block and turn off computers from one click on their phone.  To find out more, please visit their website QUSTODIO. For only $49.00 for the year, this is an investment that cannot be overlooked.


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The antikythera mechanism

A 2000 Year Old Computer

Two thousands years ago, the Greeks had an analogue computer called the Antikythera Mechanism.  It was used to predict the eclipses, work positions of the 5 planets you can see by the naked eye (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn) and used to calculate the 4 year cycle of the Olympic Games.

For decades, the Antikythera Mechanism lay silently in the ocean off Greece. Divers retrieved it in 1901 from the Antikythera shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera, which in antiquity was known as Aigila.

The Anitikythera is the same size of a clock that would stand on a mantle piece.  It has a number of gears that worked together to show celestial time.

Parts of the Anitikythera can be seen in the National Archaeological Museum, in Athen which also has some reconstructions to give an impression of how the ‘computer’ worked 2000 years ago.


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3 Ways you Can Help Your Child with Goal Setting this Term

Category : Uncategorized

Setting Goals can be a challenge, especially for kids.  Firstly, they don’t understand why they should set goals?  Secondly, they cannot understand how achieving a goal can impact their lives?  And lastly, completing a task can be timely and patience is not always in a young person ‘skill set’.  So how can parents help their child set goals?

LONG TERM (Term Project)

Ask you child what sort of things he/she wants to achieve in the areas they love! If they love soccer, ask them what is one thing they want to be better at.  And then ask them what they need to achieve to be better.  At this point, you can work out a little ‘game plan’ to help them work on this area.  Make sure you ask them to rate themselves in the ‘skill/area’ before creating a plan and then each week see how they are progressing.  Video is also a good tool to use, so they can visually see their improvement.

MEDIUM TERM (Weekly Project)

Some kids LOVE school.  Others struggle.  However, learning habits of doing a little homework will help in the later stages of school, especially in year 11 and 12.  Create a little Weekly Goal list where kids can focus on different subjects each day.  At the end of the week, they can be rewarded for achieving the weekly goal.

SHORT TERM (Day Project)

Help your child create a goal where they will see immediate success.  An example could be helping with chores at home!  Set one short term goal, such as making the bed or helping with the dishes.  Once they achieve this, remind them of their success of achieving that goal and reward them!  They could receive 5 more minutes watching their favorite YouTube or something you know they enjoy.

Our Minecraft Club focuses on Time Management and Goal Setting.  Using something kids are passionate about helps them achieve short term, medium term and long term goals WHILE having fun!

Keep a watch out for our next Minecraft Club which could be hosted in your area!


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Understanding Code

Category : Australia , Coding

Coding is a hot topic in Australia.  Many schools are teaching young kids to code. However, there is a big gap between coding and the importance of coding?

Ask any kid why they code, and the answer will be mostly that it is fun!  And we agree, coding is fun but it is A LOT MORE fun when we know how to apply it

This term, TechCamps4Kids will be teaching kids 8 to 12 coding with a difference. With over 2 years of working with kids throughout Western Australia, TechCamps4Kids have put together a curriculum to give kids an introduction to a range of coding languages. Besides learning a few more languages, kids will begin to understand Digital/Computer Literacy.  And more importantly, have a greater understanding of code and coding!

With each session planned around ‘FUN LEARNING’, Kids will begin to play with code like never before.  Starting from BASICS and working our way to Javascript, our goal is to have kids keen to know and learn more!

With the first session starting off with the 80’s, kids can expect to learn the foundations to coding.  And ultimately, apply the same concept to all languages that follow! [A clip of an 80’s coding movie “War Games” can be seen above]

There are still a few spots left.
Tuesdays – Guildford Grammar
Wednesdays – Guildford Grammar

 


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The Importance of Being a YouTuber

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Category : Australia , Camps , Literacy

Fact:  Any child under the age of 13 may not have a YouTube account!

However, learning to become a YouTuber has many advantages.  And, here is just a short list of why we think being a YouTuber is advantageous for the future!

  •  Literacy Skills

YouTubers must be able to compile a story board AND a script.  Not only do kids learn to write a story, they also need to learn to communicate their story to their audience.

  • Life Skills

Kids learn how to work with others in a collaborative manner so that they both can achieve a set outcome.  Focusing on strengths means kids learn to work in a team and create some exceptional.

  • Learning Skills

Sometimes things don’t go to plan.  Adapting to changes means kids learn to be flexible and think ‘outside of the box’.

Apart from this, kids learn valuable skills in regards to video production, recording and editing.  Currently we are in a visual digital world, and knowing how to create visual work means kids can use skills as a spring board to future careers.

TechCamps4Kids has partnered with Google (YouTube) so that they can offer kids the correct material for a bright future.  Look out for our next YouTube for Kidz camp.  #futureyoutuber

 


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Back to the Future with Easter

 

This Easter we are taking kids back to the 80’s when the only form of video games could be found using an ATARI type console or going to an Arcade.  Road trips did not involved watching videos, because DVD’s were only starting to become a concept in the average household.  Of course, there was no internet, unless you were NASA. And time in the car was spent either playing ‘cricket’, ‘I-Spy’, or reading a comic.

So, in remembrance of an era that became the foreground to the evolution of technology, we have some activities which kids can do!  No I-PADS or smartphones, no computers or DVD’s.  Just old fashion pen, paper and communication skills.

The Challenge – How long can you go without using technology to keep you entertained this Easter?

A big thanks to DLTK for these awesome activities for kids.  To download the ‘old fashioned’ activities please click on image and print.  Or, click on image, save and print! 😉

Happy Easter Everyone

From
The TechCamps4Kids Team


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A Sneak Peek into our Game Design Camp!

TechCamps4Kids has one primary goal.  To educate Life Skills, Literacy Skills and Learning Skills within Tech Environment.  It is through this, that kids learn skills that they can use now and build on for the future.  We call that “Creating a Road Map to a Career that makes you happy!”

In our Game Design Camps kids learn a ‘mountain load’ of information.  Apart from teaching basic coding techniques, we also teach kids how to design a game.  The latter is a little more challenging because kids need to figure out what type of game their friends will like to play.

While designing and developing a game is fun, it does not mean anything until you see your game on a global platform for the world to download and try.  This is called Real World Linkage and the information they receive back about their game is vital because this allows kids to understand what the market wants and what they want to buy. ‘Future Gamepreneur’.

TechCamps4Kids is proud to be pioneering a movement across Australia, and the world, where kids learn to create technological masterpieces.  We help kids grasp complex concepts in easy steps.  In other words…kids go from zero to hero literally within a couple of days!

Keiran came to TechCamps4Kids last year.  According to Keiran, TechCamps4Kids helped launch his ‘career’.  He entered into the WA Video Game Challenge held by TechCamps4Kids in 2016 where he came 3rd.  The prize was software over $120.00.  As a result, he dived into coding, and has not looked back.  To download one of his games —-> click here

The Mrhenben Team attended a camp on 10 and 11 April 2017.  This was their first attempt to creating a global game that could be downloaded on any computer and played.  They went from zero to hero within a couple of days.  To download their game —-> click here

This is what drives us…unleashing potential…and helping kids pave a way to an awesome future!

 

 


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