Category Archives: Camps

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Creatively Design and Child Approved Camps

TechCamps4Kids focus is creating a student centered technology environment. It is probably why kids, that come to our camps, personally give us the thumbs up!

This is what some kids have said about our camps:

I thought coding would be boring.  TechCamps4Kids showed me how much fun coding is.  I hope my parents allow me to code more at home  – Ryan Year 4

I was a little nervous at the beginning.  I did not believe I could code until I was show how easy it was and I am now a coding coach. – Kole Year 2

So, what makes our camps so different?

Camps are designed with kids in mind.  With over 20 different learning styles, TechCamps4Kids goal is to develop Life, Learning and Literacy Skills through Technology.  Kids learn how to problem solve, think creatively, collaborate, pitch their ideas, and much more, through a project based environment.

This is what one of the parents had to say:

I was surprised to see how my child was talking with other kids.  He is normally quite shy, however at TechCamps4Kids I witnessed him laughing, talking and even singing with the other kids.  –  Carol (Leederville)

These holidays, TechCamps4Kids plan to host a range of events for kids to enjoy.  These events include:

  • YouTube 4 Kidz (Basics)
  • YouTube 4 Kidz (Gaming)
  • Coding 4 Kidz
  • Game Design
  • App Design
  • Cartoon and Animation
  • YouTube & Animation

To book into one of our camps please visit our event page.  Click on the event you would like to book and either click on ‘booking’ or ‘Learn More’ to be directed to our ticketing site.


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Short 1 Min Film Competition for School Kids

Category : Australia , Camps , YouTube

Here is a perfect opportunity to use your skills learnt in our Video Editing YouTube Camp to create a 1 minute short film.

The competition closes on 01 July 2017 and is open to school kids.  With only one week to make your movie we know it does not leave much time HOWEVER …you completed a video in a day so technically that is PLENTY of time!  YOU CAN do this! And as we say in our camps….you can’t win it if you are not in it!

Theme is:  TOMORROW

If you want to know more and enter —–> READ MORE


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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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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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Preparing Skills for the Future

What Will Future Jobs Look Like?

This is what we do know.  There has been disruption within jobs.  Jobs, which we considered as secure 10 years ago, are almost redundant.  Some jobs that we did not even dream about 10 years ago, are taught in university.  Who would think that one could be a Social Media Manager?

Although Digital Technology has disrupted jobs, it has also offered us opportunities to diversify our skills into a more niche field.  One skill we can agree with is that collaboration is needed now and in the future.

We know that not all kids will be coders.  However, knowing how coding works helps, especially in the formation of an app such as Uber, is important?  The background of this apps stems from people who had a range of skills and teamed up to create a technology that will disrupt transportation as we know it.

So What Will Future Jobs Look Like?

Because we have seen a disruption in the job market, we know that any future job is possible.  Examples could be:

  • Robotics Surgical Engineer
  • Astro-Geologist
  • Remote Transport Operator
  • Virtual Educational Specialist

How Do We Prepare for This Type of Future?

What we know is that technology is constantly evolving.  Therefore knowing a ranging of technology skills is vital.  However, primary to this is having skills that allows us to be adaptable, solve problems quickly, can Fail Fast (Flearn), collaborate or present (only to name a few), is vital.

TechCamps4Kids is focused on keeping a watch on trends and changes in the skill sector.  We offer programs to prepare kids for the future.  And the way we do this is by offering camps that are in a fun tech environment.  Why do not join us?

 


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Technology Rich Future

Preparing your Child for a Technology Rich Future

We know that new jobs are emerging.  Who would think that one can obtain a degree in Social Media when it did not exist 10 years ago?

Of course, this places a lot of stress on parents who really want their child to have a amazing career in the future.  And with this in mind, we end up asking a question:

“Which career pathway should my child follow?”

Unfortunately, this question has been asked for generation, which has lead many children to follow a pathway that parents feel they should follow – like it or NOT! As a result, children drop out of university or change track because that career was not what they really liked.

With technology changing rapidly, the best question to ask is:

“Which career pathway would best suit my child?”

The beauty about a technology rich environment is that there is so much to experience and so many more opportunities. Careers that your child will be part of, have not even been created yet.  Imagine being an Lunar Geologist?

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We are in one of the most diverse era’s humanity has ever experience.  Kids have the opportunity to experience so much more than any previous generation.  From controlling a robot in a Mars simulation to creating a new cookie recipe.  And, every opportunity is at our fingers tips – thanks to technology.

However, how do we prepare our kids for a technology rich future when things are constantly changing?

The best way is to get down to basics!  Start with understanding your child, how they learn and where their interest lie.  Allow them to explore different things.  Not everyone is going to be a coder! However, being an enabler of technology is advantageous!

At TechCamps4Kids we focus on Life Skills, Literacy Skills and Learning Skills through technology.  We know technology changes and by guiding kids to be adaptable and flexible to a changing environment means children will be more confident and secure about their skills and future.  Being part of that journey is what drives us because at TechCamps4Kids we are passionate about education, technology and the future.

 


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It is not ONLY about technology

At TechCamps4Kids, we know that there is MORE to technology than JUST technology.  The MORE part is based on skills which can ONLY be learnt through specially created programs that encourage this part of development.  These skills involve Learning, Literacy and Life Skills.  Simon Sinek explain more on why these skills are so important ESPECIALLY with the next generation!  Notably – TechCamps4Kids is already taking action and it is why we are driven to do what we do! Our focus is your child and equipping with skills for a BETTER FUTURE!

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Keep Up to Date with Instagram

If you want to see how much fun kids are having at our camps and what we do within our camps, visit our Instagram Account.  Photos of camps are loaded up on camp day.

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