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Raspberry Pi Day
We spent today at IBM Hursley, one of IBM's biggest sites in the UK, helping them test out some educational games they were working on. They wanted a bunch of kids to help them with their testing and we were happy to oblige now that the big summer events are all over.
We brought a small group of kids who ran through the game scenarios, whilst the staff there (actually summer interns) observed how the kids navigated around their creation.
It was an interesting project; an attempt by them to introduce kids to programming by providing them with some simple games where they had to modify some basic parameters to solve the levels (such as the movement speed of the character). The system provided prompts re: what to change in the programme, which allowed the children to get a gradual introduction to programming by modifying existing programmes.
Although their games were designed for the Raspberry Pi, much of the testing was done on laptops just for convenience, but the children also got an introduction to what the Raspberry Pi was about, and also went on a tour of the IBM museum.
The project was part of IBM's summer programme where they get a bunch of interns each working on different creative projects. Shortly after our visit the young team building this project were to compete against other IBM summer teams in an internal competition. (If you guys won, please let us know and we'll update this!)
IBM have one of the better intern programmes around and attract some of the best UK university students as the places are highly coveted. With any luck we'll see some Tech Camp graduates there one day soon!
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.
If you're looking for a good gift for the tech-obsessed youngster in your life, the Makey Makey is a great option and one of our favourites. It's hard to explain all of the sort of things you can do with this fun device, but it essentially turns anything that is partially conductive into a key.
It's difficult to learn coding without access to a computer. We take it for granted in the west, but the affordability of a modern laptop makes it difficult in many places of the world. We recently had an opportunity to support REACT, a charity that was founded in the UK but supports young people in Ghana to access education.
3D Printing is a rapidly evolving industry, with new products, research and breakthroughs appearing every day. But it’s not all just about printing a new phone case, storage box or small plastic toy – 3D printing technology has a growing number of exciting real-world applications, which are becoming ever more important to businesses all over the world.
In October and November we enjoyed running a couple of different workshops on light. The first one was “Light, Lasers & Illusions”. During the presentation the children discovered how our eyes can be tricked, how we can burst balloons with different coloured lasers, and how a drop of water can be turned into a simple but impressive microscope.
Tech Camp are heading up to the Newcastle Maker Faire again, and this time we’re bringing our very own time machine! It’s top secret at the moment but we can speed-up, slow-down, freeze, and even reverse the flow of water using the three ‘time controls’! We’ll be making up a few of these machines for the public to try out as it’s hard to stop playing with them once you start!
Just finished the first of our Tech Weekends. We had a great time (and hope the children did as well!) Most of them opted to build a laser tag game gun but Barney chose other kits and it was interesting to see what he was able to do with connecting some off-the-shelf kits. His first one was a siren with adjustable pitch and sound effect.
Our FPV Rally Racing Course is shaping up to be an amazing experience. We don't like to blow our own trumpet, but we're pretty happy with what we've created so far. Think: a high-speed RC car, with a FPV camera installed in the driver seat, and a F1-style programmable steering wheel.
Myself and Tom have spent the week down at Forres Sandle Manor school in the New Forest, running a 'Rockets and Robotics' programme for 14 children. At the end of each year, the school have a 'project week' where all the children choose from a wide range of activities to do for the week, such as cycling, needlecraft, sports and even trips abroad.
Does your child love the idea of designing a video game? Tech Camp is the original and one of the most well-known tech camps, holding fun and educational events all over the UK. With our awe-inspiring technology camps, your child can learn to design a computer game, build a robot or learn how to code- all skills that are useful for the future!