WA Video Game Championships 19 August 2017

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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.

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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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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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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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The Importance of Being a YouTuber

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Category : Australia , Camps , Literacy

Fact:  Any child under the age of 13 may not have a YouTube account!

However, learning to become a YouTuber has many advantages.  And, here is just a short list of why we think being a YouTuber is advantageous for the future!

  •  Literacy Skills

YouTubers must be able to compile a story board AND a script.  Not only do kids learn to write a story, they also need to learn to communicate their story to their audience.

  • Life Skills

Kids learn how to work with others in a collaborative manner so that they both can achieve a set outcome.  Focusing on strengths means kids learn to work in a team and create some exceptional.

  • Learning Skills

Sometimes things don’t go to plan.  Adapting to changes means kids learn to be flexible and think ‘outside of the box’.

Apart from this, kids learn valuable skills in regards to video production, recording and editing.  Currently we are in a visual digital world, and knowing how to create visual work means kids can use skills as a spring board to future careers.

TechCamps4Kids has partnered with Google (YouTube) so that they can offer kids the correct material for a bright future.  Look out for our next YouTube for Kidz camp.  #futureyoutuber

 


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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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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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5 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy These Holidays with Literacy

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Category : Australia , Education , Literacy , Skills

At TechCamps4Kids we understand how delicate the brain is and, while we love technology, we also know the value of taking a break from technology to rest and recover.  After all, you don’t find professional sports people training 24 hours a day – so why should it be different with technology?

With this is mind, here are 5 fun ways to keep the kids busy these holidays.

 Decipher Code

Let kids create coded messages to you using ASCII Binary which is based on 7 digits using one’s and zeros.

ASCII Binary


Read a Comic

We found that many kids do not know how to read a comic.  Comics are a great way to teach kids to read, improve on imagination and help kids understand story board and content.  You can purchase comics from your local news agency.  Of course, Marvel and DC comics are popular but there are also other comics such as Richie Rich, Archie and Casper!

Create a Comic

Once kids have conquered how to read a comic, the next is to create one.  TechCamps4Kids published a book on ‘Comic Creations for Kids’.  This is a helpful easy to read book, giving kids tips and ideas on how to create their first comic.

Comic Book Template

Template Sample of a Comic Page

Visit a Library

There are so many Libraries in Perth with great things to see and do.  Why not visit your local Library to see what they have planned for kids these holidays?

Membership to a Library is free.  All you need is Photo ID, verification of your home address and to your application form (which you can acquire at the Library).

Write a Story

TechCamps4Kids are looking for junior contributors.  Have the kids write a story about space and/or technology.  It could be fiction or non-fiction.  Who knows, their story might make it to press!

Elmo enjoys a Good Read

 

 


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Kids Become a Journalist

Seeking Junior Contributors/Journalists!

TechCamps4Kids is looking for contributors/journalist who love SPACE and TECHNOLOGY!  Contributors can be any age, however we would love some young contributors in the age bracket of 5 to 15.

As you know, skills are important.  Therefore, we want to help kids that are passionate in space and technology acquire some literacy and learning skills. More importantly, they will be able to show evidence of their work for any future jobs they make seek.

If you think you would like to give this a go, then all you need to do is to research some information about space and/or technology.  Write about 50 to 100 words about your research and then send that information to:

unleashingpotential@techcamps4kids.com

Finer Details

  • Articles will be placed in our next two magazines by our teen design team and then published into print and digital format.
  • Don’t forget to supply us with your ‘journalist’ name so that we can give you credit for the article.
  • If you have photos that you would like used, please make sure you supply the link of where you downloaded the photo.  If the photo is yours or your parents, please submit permission that we can use this in the magazine.

If you would like more information, please email us with your questions.  We hope to publish our next magazine by end of May/June 2017.

Astronauts LOVE spacetripreneurs

The latest ASTRO read!


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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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