Category Archives: Coding

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Holiday Camps for Kids in Perth

September Holidays – Just Around the Corner

We have spiced things up these holidays with hosting the camps Kids love the most.  These holidays we will be hosting a Two Day YouTube camp, 2 Day Game Design, 1 Day Code Foundations (new program requested by kids & parents) Code Creator (also new program requested by kids & parents) AND Cartoon & Drawing with ToonGirl.

All camps have been specially designed to keeps kids entertained, having fun while learning some cool skills.

Our Camp Leaders include Coding Guru (Subhash), Animating Guru (ToonGirl) and Co-Founder (Brenda).

For a Quick Access to a list of events on Eventbrite ….CLICK HERE


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TechCamps4Kids selected as WA finalist for Telstra Business Awards

This year, TechCamps4Kids was selected as a finalist for the WA Telstra Business Awards for 2017.  If we could use two words to describe this event, one would be ‘Grateful’ and the other would be ‘Epic’.

We use the word ‘grateful’, as we have met so many amazing people along the way that has helped us and directed us to the position we are in today.  Of course, we are no where near the end goal, but as we teach kids in goal setting – set a goal, strive for it and along the way – evaluate your achievements.

Epic is used because a small little business went up against big companies.  While we are making a difference in kids lives, other nominees are helping shape communities by offering jobs, developing products and disrupting the marketing with innovative tech ideas.  In a way, we hope that the kids we impact today will be these people of the future.

With this Telstra Awards Journey, we were featured in the WA Sunday Times, interviewed by a number of reporters for different media channels and was seen on the 6pm Channel News.  And all this happened – just before and during the holidays.

EPIC and GRATEFUL – for sure!

 


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Creatively Designed 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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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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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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