Category Archives: techcamps4kids

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Introducing ToonGirl

ToonGirl is one of our Peer Lead Coaches.  From the moment she held a pen, she wanted to draw and over the years has had the amazing opportunity to work with well known cartoonist and animators to improve her skills.

Her goal is to work with Disney/Pixar and has competed in a number of animation competitions as one of the youngest competitors in the field.  Further, as a freelance agent, she has been contracted by a couple of companies to create original work.

These holidays, ToonGirl’s goal is to share some skills she learnt with hopes to inspires more kids to continue to draw and to create amazing art work.

One of ToonGirl’s original entries to the Disney Animation Competition

To join a FUTURE DISNEY ANIMATOR these holidays….BOOK HERE


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Cyber Security Like Iron Man

When it comes to security, Iron Man heads the pack.  After all, it is his duty to protect his home and his country!

While most households are not out to save the world, there is one environment that is of the utmost importance and that is HOME! However, like many marvel comics there is always a villain that seems to weasel their way into a happy domain.

Google understands parents fears about cyber safety.  As a result, they have created a safe search setting.  This means that you can set you google search on your computer to safe search and reduce the risk of your child seeing inappropriate images.  Click on the link below to take you to the Google Safe Search Page!

GOOGLE SEARCH


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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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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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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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Learning Styles

Understand your Child & Their Learning

Learning Styles

We have all heard about some of the major learning styles such as Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic!  But, did you know there are over 20 types of learning styles with your child having a combination of any one of these?

After working with children for over 25 years, Brenda will be hosting a complimentary session for parents to help better equip them with skills about their child, how do they learn and how we can help them become better students and unleash amazing potential.

There are limited tickets and booking is essential.  BOOKINGS

 

 


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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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happy new year 2017

Happy New Year

Category : techcamps4kids

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.  May 2017 bring health, happiness and an abundance of success.

From

the TechCamps4Kids Team


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Arcadia Spectacular

TechCamps4Kids @ Arcadia Spectacular

Deloitte (the main sponsor of Arcadia Spectacular) invited TechCamps4Kids to teach kids how to create their own Spiderbot from recycled toys and parts.

The event was a huge success with kids voting it as one of the best kids activities at the event.

With a behind the scene experience, TechCamps4Kids and kids were able to see how electricity, technology and robotics all come together.

A big thanks to the team that volunteered to make this event a huge success.


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New Website

Over the past few months we have been working on the new website and making some changes.  There is still a lot more we need to add, however we are excited to be rolling out this site.

To those new to TechCamps4Kids – Welcome Aboard.  We are glad to have you part of the community!

We will be transferring all our older blogs across over time, however please view our Facebook page which has a host of information about what we are offering through the year!


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