Category Archives: Australia

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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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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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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.

Astronauts LOVE spacetripreneurs

The latest ASTRO read!


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Autism Skills Kids Future

Working Together to Make a Difference

Category : Australia , Autism , Future , Skills

TechCamps4Kids recently had a meeting with the National Disability Service Commission.  The goal is to offer kids with Autism the opportunities to learn skills for the future.

We are excited to start walking with a organization that shares the same vision and goals.

If you have a child with Autism and would like to see what classes we will be hosting for them in the future, please contact us.  We are planning to host small short classes for high sensory children in the future.

 


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