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Only men being techies is a stereotype up to a certain point, but with the male population providing the lion’s share in the digital industry, questions are being asked why women are in the minority of employees in this field. It could be argued that boys are given remote control cars, planes, trains, robots and drones as presents and therefore are introduced to technology from an early age – or at least that was the case maybe a decade or…
Staff member and former Tech Camp student Harry Thorpe recounts his story… "I started at Tech Camp firstly as a camper in 2008. As a child at the time I loved creating small robots and coding, but my parents had struggled to find anywhere I could work on advanced projects like this outside the home until they discovered Tech Camp. At my first camp there were all sorts of exciting activities like building rockets, robots and electronic circuits. They were…
Tech Camp has a long list of successful former students, many of whom return to teach the next generation of inventors. We pride ourselves in keeping our family ties close and the truth is, many of our tutors want to continue their relationship with Tech Camp despite success in their own careers. Let’s look at a few of our stellar students and how they’ve progressed... Andrew Mulholland, 20, is a tutor at Tech Camp who has been offered an internship…
We're at the Abu Dhabi Science Festival running a workshop called "Light Fantastic" and we're having a fantastic time running it! The children are making some amazing light painting images - have a look below to see the images from the gallery. Please note that the gallery has multiple pages - use the 'last' button to go to the most recent ones. We'll be updating these daily.
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…
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