Category Archives: Future

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2017 WA Video Game Challenge

2017 WA Video Game Challenge

Category : Australia , Future , Game Design

Welcome to the 2nd WA Video Game Challenge.  Last year was an Epic success with winners walking away with some awesome software over $200.00.  Some winners went on to make more games and sell them.

This year’s WA Video Game Challenge is supported by Lolly Potz, SAE Creative Institute and Guildford Grammar School.  There will be prizes, certificates and door prizes for those that attend.

So let’s go over a couple of questions we are asked frequently.

Who can enter this event?
Anyone age 6 to 17.  This means that if you are turning 6 in 2017 or are 17 in 2017 – you qualify.

How do I enter?
All entrants must register to compete in this event.  There is a small fee which covers a range of awesome things for entrants.  REGISTER HERE

Do I need to be present on the day?
No. While we have created an social environment where like minded kids can see what others have created, you do not have to be present at the event.  However, you will need to ensure we receive a copy of your game, either a link or a download from dropbox, so that we can display it on the computer for the judges.  If you choose a link, we must either be able to access it or download it for free!

What is the Theme for this Year?
In alignment with the Stem Video Games Australia, this years theme is called REACTION.  Read more about REACTION?

Will our game qualify for the Australia Stem Video  Game Challenge?
Teachers and Parents can register kids in the Stem Video Game Challenge.  TechCamps4Kids has registered 4 spots (1 to 4 participants) for kids would like to enter their game into the Australian Event.
If parents would like to register their child through TechCamps4Kids, you need to contact the headoffice (admin@techcamps4kids.com.au) to obtain a Registration Code.
TechCamps4Kids have limited spots for this event.

Can I apply for a Pay It Forward Ticket?
Yes.

Our Pay it Forward opportunity is open to businesses, parents or individuals that would like to purchase a ticket on behalf of someone else.  This does not have to be someone they nominate, however in the payment process please let us know this is a Pay It Forward Ticket.  If you choose, we will add your business or other details, on our Facebook Page and our Video Game Page as a supporter. We will also link your details to your website (which must comply with our age appropriate content for young viewers)

Otherwise, we will list the Pay It Forward Tickets as Anonymous for those who prefer to gift a ticket without wanting to be recognized for it.

Pay It Forward Tickets will be listed on our page which kids can apply for. Some Pay It Forward Tickets may have conditions.    Please visit our Pay It Forward Page for more details.

 


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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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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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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?

TechCamps4Kids

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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