The Tech Camp Difference
Tech Camp’s mission is to ‘inspire tomorrow’s inventors’, through its coding, electronics and engineering holiday camps and courses. Building robots and rockets, learning coding skills, designing computer games, 3D modelling and electronics are just some of the activities like-minded students enjoy at Tech Camp. All projects involve innovative take-home projects, so the learning and fun can continue at home. Tech Camp’s innovative course material has been developed over eight years and is continually refreshed to appeal to both beginners and serious technophiles alike.
Established in 2008, Tech Camp is the UK's original and longest-running provider of such camps, which students can attend in either Winchester (residential) or one of our non-residential venues in the south of England. Students from across the UK – and from further afield - attend the camps and learn from tutors with bright, young minds and a passion for technology and engineering.
Tom: Founder & Company Director
Tom is a self-confessed ‘techno-nerd’; a bit of a ‘boff’ from his schooldays in Australia where he won several national computing and technology competitions. More recently, he has written articles for trade journals, developed workshops for the Science Museum, Maker Faires and the Abu Dhabi Science Festival and has appeared on BBC and Sky News discussing technology and computing education. An Electrical Engineer, teacher and former Head of Science, he is passionate about engineering, inventing and encouraging practical hands-on science and tech for kids.
When not in the prototyping room inventing and developing the next creative, fun and cutting-edge courses for our campers, Tom can be found singing in a choir or two and barbequing, but not usually at the same time!
Jack: Technical Manager
Previously a tutor, Jack joined us after completing his MEng in Electrical & Information Engineering at St John’s College, Cambridge. He helps design, develop and test our courses, sourcing the latest cool components we love to develop and work with.
Jack is always ‘making’, from a ride-on garden railway, to designing and building sets for the ADC theatre (Home of the ‘Footlights’) at Cambridge - including full size replica ships, double revolving stages and 2 ton flying platforms.
Steve: Camp Manager and Child Welfare Officer
Steve has been our enthusiastic and reassuring residential camp manager since 2008. He was a Prep School Deputy Head with over 30 years’ experience as a housemaster and has a sense of humour and fun to match – his aim is to ensure that all our campers enjoy the Tech Camp experience.
Steve is a keen and knowledgeable sportsman and qualified Referee. Outside of Tech Camp he is often to be found travelling the country organising and refereeing football and rugby tournaments.
Paula: Office Manager
Paula supports the team ensuring the smooth running of the office. Aside from answering parent and camper questions, bookings and account administration (in several languages!), she has the vital role of ensuring the office kitchen is always well stocked.
In her spare time Paula enjoys theatre costume design and production and can usually be found in her sewing room or helping with Tech Camp fabric prototypes!
Tutors are carefully selected based on their specific technology-related skills, their love of the technology industry and their genuine ability to inspire tomorrow’s young tech enthusiasts. In fact, some of the tutors are ex-Tech Camp students themselves, who are now studying tech and engineering universities like Cambridge and Imperial College. Small tutor groups are maintained – with a maximum of 1:8 staff to student ratio - to provide the best possible experience. On top of this each camp also has a manager - normally an experienced teacher to ensure the camp runs smoothly and to look after the welfare of the campers - and depending on the size of the camp, a number of assistants as well. All of our staff are background checked (DBS) and undergo training to ensure the safety and high quality course delivery at our camps.
Take a look at a selection of our recent tutors:
Madison is a Physics student at Imperial College and has completed the Gold Crest award in particle physics. He has created Apps,multiplayer minigames and has experience as a motion graphics artist - but just as importantly has completed the Everest Base Camp trek, loves skydiving and ultimate frisbee.
Sam is currently studying for a Masters in Computing Science at East Anglia. As well as winning prizes for Physics, including a silver award at the British Physics Olympiad - he has appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe and is a keen competitive ballroom dancer.
Alex is studying for a Physics MSc at Birmingham. Already well versed in programming, she has also shadowed the LUX-ZEPLIN dark matter experiment at Oxford. Alex was in the U19 England Lacrosse Team and is now a qualified lacrosse and netball coach.
Leah is working towards her BA in Maths at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. She is bilingual, learns coding languages for fun and has already had teaching placements using both these skills. Leah is active in technical theatre, set design and construction, at Cambridge in the ADC theatre (home of the Footlights), and as Production Manager for a European theatre tour.
Helena is currently studying for a Masters in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Southampton; with a keen interest in combining her coding skills in a number of languages with practical projects. As a member of the Girl Guide Leadership team she has experience working with, and enthusing, all age groups.