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WA Video Game Championships 19 August 2017

It is almost here.  And, there is still time to enter your video game.  Maybe you created something on scratch, game maker or even ClickTeam Fusion?  This day is aimed towards meeting other like-minded kids, having fun, seeing what others have created AND learning a few tricks of the trade.

This year, we will have a few more sponsors.  It is the 2nd championships and of course we need you to enter.  After all, this event was designed with you in mind.

Want to know a little……………….READ MORE


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Find Out What is In Store for the Future

There are over 25% more new courses offered by universities as a result of digital technologies.  These courses include Social Media Marketing, Social Media Management, Cyber Forensic, Online Law and many other new and exciting opportunities for the next generation.

In the next month, Universities around Perth will be hosting Open Days which are a great way to see what they have so you can plan for the future!

Click on READ MORE for your exclusive list of Open Days in Perth.

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Wheatbelt Innovation and Enterprise 2017

Once a year, TechCamps4Kids volunteer their services and computers, to help kids in the rural area.

This year, TechCamps4Kids will be teaching over 500 kids how to use technology for innovation and enterprise.  This means, that by the end of the camps, kids will have a better understanding on how to use new skills to create opportunities for a sustainable future.

We will keep you posted on kids achievements through our facebook page.

However, we thought we would leave you with some statistics found on the national site:

  • There has been a steady increase of unemployment in this area
  • About 30% of businesses that employed staff have closed
  • Only 3.5% of youth age 15 to 19 are engaged in work study
  • Comparing 2011 census to the latest census, almost 50% of business that employed more than 4 staff closed
  • And, from personal experience, many houses are now left vacant as families have moved to cities for jobs.

By teaching kids skills that they love and are passionate about, means that we can make a difference to this community.  If only 1% of kids we impact in this area, are able to take their skills to level where they run businesses and offer job opportunities to 4 or more people – we can reverse these  statistics and create hope and purpose for this community.

We call that GIVING A HAND UP not a hand out!


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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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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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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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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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Does My Child Need a Fidget Spinner?

Let’s face it – Fidget Spinners have hit the market with a tornado effect that has left parents dizzy from the demands of their child.

Ironically, Fidget Spinners are the ‘spin off’ from the Fidget Cube.  The latter was a solution offered to people (adults and kids) to help with ‘fidgeting’ which is a tactile response to an stimulated environment.

Tactile Learners require touch in order to deal with an environment – normally associated with learning!  Tactile Learners are often confused with Kinesthetic Learners, with the latter needing physical movement such as skipping, running or jumping to help them concentrate on difficult learning tasks.

Because of the confusion between the two, parents have been caught in the middle of a marketing & sales wind storm.  And because fidget spinners/cubes are under $20.00 the investment to purchase one versus a ‘demanding’ child is well worth the peace at home!

Does My Child Need a Fidget Spinner!

The answer is quite simple.  Unless you have completed an authorized Learning Style Analysis, it is challenging to determine if you child is a Tactile Learner.  However, little tell-tale signs might help you decide.

One give-away to a Tactile Learner is the clicking of a pen when given a challenging task.  At TechCamps4Kids camps we often can pick out tactile learners when given a challenge task during a tech workshop.  And as a result, we are equipped with some tools to help them through this learning process.  These learning tools do not include a Fidget Spinner, as we often find tools that make a noise are disruptive in a classroom environment.  And, because we want all kids to enjoy the program, we make sure we keep the class environment inclusive not exclusive!

How do I find out if my child is a Tactile Learner?

TechCamps4Kids offers Learning Style Analysis for Kids/Parents.  The analysis comes with 3 reports that help children understand their learning style (empowerment), helps parents understand their child’s learning style (knowledge) and helps the teacher understand your child’s learning style (solutions)

Are Fidget Spinners a Bad Thing?

This depends on a number of things!  Was the Fidget Spinner purchased to help in a learning environment or was it bought because everyone else has one?  The latter is not a problem, however it would be classed more as a toy than as a learning tool.

Secondly, one needs to question where you bought the Fidget Spinner?  Currently, there are a number of Fidget Spinners that have been found to have high amounts of Lead and Mercury (Read More Here)

And lastly, is the Fidget Spinner disturbing other children’s learning experience? Many schools are stepping in and banning Fidget Spinners from the classroom because it is disrupting the class.  As a result, everyone’s learning experience is being exploited which means your child may be the one who is missing out on some amazing new skills they can use now and in the future! (Read More 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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