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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!  For those who don’t know about the Faire, it’s…
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.  His second was a ‘clap switch’ which can turn a device on or off by…
On Wednesday Townley Grammar School celebrated their STEAM day, one of their three annual off-curriculum days. We were glad to take part in this celebration. It was great for us to work exclusively with girls as sometimes our technology workshops are seen more as boy’s activities, which is not the case. The day began with Tom’s show on UV light, which took place in the school gym. The girls made their own UV torches in order to continue investigating at…
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. We also introduced them the power of UV light and concepts of fluorescence and phosphorescence. During this workshop they also developed their…
For the second consecutive year Techcamp has enjoyed taking part in the Abu Dhabi Science Festival. We have brought to the United Arabic Emirates a new model of our robot, one that is much more rugged and versatile to play Robot Wars and Robot Football. We have enjoyed this experience a lot. The country has a rich culture, tasty gastronomy and a nice temperature at this time of the year. Running the stand every day during the two weeks was…
We've just finished running a rocketry activity at a corporate workshop for a BP team. This is a great activity as it can be done at multiple levels with all ages and abilities. With the more able (and adult) group that we had today we can cover a lot of ground in a few hours, exploring some theory as well as building and flying a couple of rockets. I guess it makes a nice change from a team-building day making…
See what everyone got up to at our Tech Camps this year - everything from Robotics, Laser Tag and Raspberry Pi to Rocketry, Web and Game Design and Chocolate making! Many thanks to our excellent venue, Sparsholt College, and we hope to see you again next year!

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Here is a video from our reverse engineering evening activity at camp this year. Disassemble and discover the inner workings of the largest photocopier you have ever seen, and even keep the really interesting bits!  With many thanks to Rob and International Copiers for providing our reverse engineering stock again!
We recently received an email from one of our campers way back in our second year (2009) when we ran a biotech course. One of the projects was to make your own biosphere, a sealed self-sustaining ecosystem. We would have been impressed with one year, but this one is still going strong after four! If anyone else still has a biosphere, please do send us a picture!
What an amazing two weeks! Robotics, Laser Tag, Web Design, Rocketry, Game Design and Raspberry Pi courses we enjoyed by almost 150 (our biggest year yet!), with all ages from 9-17. Our new venue, Sparsholt College, was excellent with great accommodation and ample computer facilities for our new programming courses. Evening courses this year were designed to give an introduction to new skills, and we had a bit of everything including juggling, Javascript, chocolate making, reverse engineering and even making…
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