Category Archives: Coding

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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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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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