Drones have come a long way since they were used purely for military use and are now one of the most popular ways to capture unique and often breath-taking pictures. Bizarrely, they’ve also been used to deliver pizzas and by farmers, for aerial views of their crops.
Many children love drones and the idea of experimenting with them. If this sounds like your boy or girl, why not bring them along to our Drone Building Camp?
With Tech Camp, children can learn how to build both robots and games, including Quadcopters, which are a type of drone.
Our quadcopter building course is suitable for all campers aged 13+, irrespective of experience. It is ideal for any child interested in learning the fundamentals of aerodynamics, including flight stabilisation and the physics of quadcopters.
The course takes place in Winchester and involves building a quadcopter, practising using a computer simulator and learning how to fly it safely. Better yet, participants can take the quadcopter home with them at the end of the course.
This camp includes a residential option which is Sun-Fri inclusive.
We give you a round-up of some of the most exciting games released in 2020.
Another exciting year for gaming is kicked off to a great start with some fantastic new games, either already released or set to be released. Here is the low-down on some of our personal favourites - maybe some of them can provide you with inspiration for creating your own games!:
Please note that release dates may change due to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
On Friday night we began the long road trip North to Newcastle for the Maker Faire, with Tech Camp regular Felix and our new employee Pedro, who will be joining us in June. We eventually got to the Centre for Life in Newcastle, an amazing science museum/exhibition space/research facility that was the venue for this year’s UK Maker Faire.
As part of our visit to IBM for the Raspberry Pi day we had a tour of IBM's museum. During the tour we were shown some of IBM's typewriters and after a long (but concise) explanation of the development of the typewriter, one of the kids asked what did these 'typewriter' things do? It never struck the rest of us adults that most of the children would never have seen one of these before.
Here at Tech Camp we are often asked which programming language to learn first - it can be a very confusing subject with so many options and opinions out there! Choosing the right starting point is very important especially when it comes to children - choosing something too easy for a certain age can result in boredom, and then a lack of motivation and interest to continue.
We often have conversations with parents who are worried their child plays too many computer games. Is it as bad as it seems? Believe it or not, playing computer games (within limits!) has some well-researched benefits.
We’re bringing you a whole new game design experience, with our Arcade Gamer course featuring the Microsoft Kitronix ARCADE Gamepad -a fully featured programmable gamepad for use with the MakeCode Arcade block editor.
It's no wonder that coding is more fashionable today than ever before. The ability to program is undoubtedly one of the most important skills for the current generation of children to have leading into their adult lives. In 2015, 7 million job openings required the ability to code in the US (Burning Glass) and it is known that the best way to learn is to start early. A coding camp is a great way to introduce the next generation to the most important skill of the future. While popular culture can often make coding seem a daunting and tricky skill, that is far from the truth. Programming is a skill which everyone can learn.
OK, so this isn't one for your average 9 year-old, but for a teen (or older) who is REALLY into electronics, this is one amazing book. What makes it more incredible is that it's been the Electronics Bible for several decades already. Tom (Tech Camp's MD) stumbled upon this as a teenager himself (definitely several decades ago), and it's been the go-to reference ever since.