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

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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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Minecraft Camp

Why is Minecraft Important for Kids to Play

Minecraft has been around since 2009.  It has been through a string of changes with the latest version offering different playing options such as creative, survival or hardcore worlds.  A world is the virtual area where kids go to create and craft things such as houses, palaces or even solar systems.

Most parents are fearful of Minecraft because they hear a number of kids talking about killing, shooting and raiding. None of these traits we, as parents, want to instill in our kids.

However, in spite of these fear factors, Minecraft is one of the fastest growing game in the world.  Many parents find themselves asking why?

Apart from offering a 3D world which simulates lego, but in a virtual world, Minecraft offers kids the ability to make their own choices and mistakes.  When a mistake is made, they learn quickly why they should do in that situation. At TechCamps4Kids, we believe kids should learn to become comfortable with making mistakes because this is part of the learning process.  The biggest learning factor is the actions taking after making a mistake!

Another aspect that Minecraft offers is the ability to create a 3D design using virtual Lego blocks.  If you search Minecraft in Google and look under images, you may be surprised at the level of design kids can do.  We know of a 10 year old that design the Solar System in Minecraft.  Of course he scored 100% for his project!  What a cool way to present your project to your teacher!

Minecraft is not all doom, gloom and killing.  The fact they offer a creative world means kids can create a 3D image without stress.  In fact, most kids start at this point before they challenge themselves into a survival world.

At this point, you may be questioning all the terminology.  Don’t worry – we run Parent and Child Minecraft camps to speed parents up with this section of your child’s vocabulary. However, the most important aspect is simulating Minecraft to building something out of Lego only it is in a virtual world.

One of the best parts of a virtual world is that kids can play with other kids.  This is one of the reason we use Buddyverse, which is a kids safe server which is built for kids and run by kids.  The only adults that are allowed on the server are those that are camp leaders.  Outside of this, the environment itself offers kids opportunity to play games, build things and test their building skills in a more stressed environment with other kids.  We call that interacting and learning to communicate!

Minecraft Solar System

Another factor we enjoy is that Minecraft helps kids read and write.  In other words, it is the introduction to coding.  Many coding languages require the operator to write the correct terminology and it is VERY case sensitive.  The same can be said for any password.  Add a capital instead of sentence case, and the chances are you will not be able to access your account!

To move from world to world, to talk to player, or to command certain things within Minecraft you must use a form of code.  It is similar to javascript but more in the lines of Minecraft code.  Type any of these commands wrong and you will receive an error.  For us, we find this is the perfect learning environment.  Kids learn about frustration, how to over come it, how to check their work, learn from their mistakes, and then give it another go.

Using Minecraft to Learn and Present your History Assignment!

Outside of all of these amazing learning moments, kids also develop Fine Motor Skills and Hand-Eye Coordination.  Kids learn to navigate through the world using a keyboard and a mouse.  This type of skill is often over looked, however for kids it is a challenging task to type on the key board, while watching where they are going and directing their movements with a mouse!  For many, this is a very new experience and can be overwhelming.  However, because it is fun to play they persevere through these moments to master this skills.  We call that valuable Life and Learning Skills.

Therefore, while kids may be using limited grammar to describe their experience, there is a very real learning experience happening.  Ultimately as parents, we want our kids to learn doing thing they love doing.  And this is the very reason why we offer camps such as Minecraft, Create a Minecraft Server or Create Minecraft Animation.  We use what kids love doing and teach them Life Skills, Learning Skill and Literacy Skills in a technology environment.  They have FUN LEARNING!

Find our more about BV Minecraft Camps we host.

 


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5 Lunch Ideas for Busy Kids & Parents

Category : Camps , food , health

Like many parents, I find myself scrambling for lunch ideas for kids.  Of course, I want to make sure it is healthy BUT I also want the kids to enjoy it.  Most importantly, it should be quick and easy to make!

So, here are some lunch ideas you can do for you kids at the next camp or event!

Pasta Salad

Possibly one of the easiest and more enjoyable treats for kids.  Cook up noodles the night before.  Mix with veggies and meats (optional).  You can add a little salad dressing, however I find adding this separately means kids can choose either to have it or not to have it with their salad.

Piklets

Lucky for me, my kids are not gluten intolerant.  However, you could still make this with gluten free flour.  For the quickest results mix together 1 cup self-raising flour, a little sugar (sometimes I use bananas), 1 egg, a pinch of salt and some milk.  Mixture should be thick enough to pour but not to thin.  If it is too thin, you will end up making crepes!  (not a bad thing either)

Sandwiches

All time favorite and easy to make. In fact, you can ask you kids to help you make their sandwich adding responsibility and in dependency.  #lifeskill

Fruit Cups

Simply cut up pieces of fruit and place in a patty pan.  Don’t forget to squeeze a little lemon/orange juice over fruit such as apples or bananas to help reduce the ‘browning’ effect.

Wraps

Wraps are another easy lunch idea.  Kids can participate in the preparation. Fill wraps with kids favorite meats/veggies – roll – cut – your are done!

We hope you have a few ideas for kids these holidays.  Of course with Easter around the corner, you may wish to add some Hot Cross Buns!  😉

 


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Share the News

Category : Australia , Education , News

Recently we hosted one of the biggest promos for this year.  Some parents snapped up the opportunity, however we had many people contact us to say that they missed out.

Please think about your friends and family and share our newsletters, posts or other interesting things we may have online.  This way more people can benefit from our awesome promotions that we know parents/guardians LOVE! #sharethenews!


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5 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy These Holidays with Literacy

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Category : Australia , Education , Literacy , Skills

At TechCamps4Kids we understand how delicate the brain is and, while we love technology, we also know the value of taking a break from technology to rest and recover.  After all, you don’t find professional sports people training 24 hours a day – so why should it be different with technology?

With this is mind, here are 5 fun ways to keep the kids busy these holidays.

 Decipher Code

Let kids create coded messages to you using ASCII Binary which is based on 7 digits using one’s and zeros.

ASCII Binary


Read a Comic

We found that many kids do not know how to read a comic.  Comics are a great way to teach kids to read, improve on imagination and help kids understand story board and content.  You can purchase comics from your local news agency.  Of course, Marvel and DC comics are popular but there are also other comics such as Richie Rich, Archie and Casper!

Create a Comic

Once kids have conquered how to read a comic, the next is to create one.  TechCamps4Kids published a book on ‘Comic Creations for Kids’.  This is a helpful easy to read book, giving kids tips and ideas on how to create their first comic.

Comic Book Template

Template Sample of a Comic Page

Visit a Library

There are so many Libraries in Perth with great things to see and do.  Why not visit your local Library to see what they have planned for kids these holidays?

Membership to a Library is free.  All you need is Photo ID, verification of your home address and to your application form (which you can acquire at the Library).

Write a Story

TechCamps4Kids are looking for junior contributors.  Have the kids write a story about space and/or technology.  It could be fiction or non-fiction.  Who knows, their story might make it to press!

Elmo enjoys a Good Read

 

 


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Kids Become a Journalist

Seeking Junior Contributors/Journalists!

TechCamps4Kids is looking for contributors/journalist who love SPACE and TECHNOLOGY!  Contributors can be any age, however we would love some young contributors in the age bracket of 5 to 15.

As you know, skills are important.  Therefore, we want to help kids that are passionate in space and technology acquire some literacy and learning skills. More importantly, they will be able to show evidence of their work for any future jobs they make seek.

If you think you would like to give this a go, then all you need to do is to research some information about space and/or technology.  Write about 50 to 100 words about your research and then send that information to:

unleashingpotential@techcamps4kids.com

Finer Details

  • Articles will be placed in our next two magazines by our teen design team and then published into print and digital format.
  • Don’t forget to supply us with your ‘journalist’ name so that we can give you credit for the article.
  • If you have photos that you would like used, please make sure you supply the link of where you downloaded the photo.  If the photo is yours or your parents, please submit permission that we can use this in the magazine.

If you would like more information, please email us with your questions.  We hope to publish our next magazine by end of May/June 2017.

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The latest ASTRO read!


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