Adventurers & Innovators: Ages 8-14

Festive Robotics and Design

Children can get hands-on with robots and physical computing in this interactive workshop full of festive fun.
Age 8 to 12
Difficulty Level
Suitable for beginners and experienced students alike
Date & Times 22nd December / St. John's Notting Hill
Price £95.00
Location St Johns Church, 152 Lansdowne Cres, London W11 2NN
£95.00
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You can drop your child off anytime between 9am and 10am

Interested in multiple workshops? Book for 20-23 December and save £50!

Join us for our winter holiday robotics workshop! Campers will be able to get hands on with tech as they build their own LEGO Spike robots and program Micro:Bit inventions. This workshop is a great starting point for young coders to begin building and coding at a more advanced level with amazing results!

Learning outcomes

Campers will build their own LEGO robots from scratch as well as program them to follow their commands. LEGO projects expose students to robotic motors, lights, sensors, and more. Students will also have the chance to build inventions using Micro:Bit processors and learn about accelerometers, radio, electronics, and more.

Information for parents

Micro:bit/MakeCode uses Blockly/block-based coding very similar to Scratch AND Python or JavaScript making this course great for Scratch learners as well as more advanced students. Some Scratch knowledge will be helpful in this workshop.

Camp structure

This is a sample schedule for a typical day at camp. In between each lesson there will be a 15-minute snack break, or a 1-hour lunch and play break.
10.00 - 11.00
Lesson 1
First off we'll get to know our teacher and classmates through some great mini games. Once we're all friends, we'll be introduced to our activity for the day. Let's jump in to coding!
11.15 - 12.30
Lesson 2
Now that we've had a healthy snack, we're ready to get right back into our activity. We'll carry on flexing our creative muscles by designing, coding and building our project.
13.30 - 14.45
Lesson 3
Let's refocus after lunch and playtime by diving into building our robots!
15.00 - 16.00
Lesson 4
It's time to finish off our project for the day and show it off to the rest of the class. Time has flown by - let's tidy up our work stations, pack up our things and get ready to go home!
My favourite part was making the texture packs

Student, aged 9

  • How does it work?

    • We have an average teacher:student ratio of 1:6 - this means that all students receive dedicated support, and top-quality, hands-on teaching
    • Real-time communication with parents through our online platform means you can stay updated with what your child is up to
    • Reports from teachers detail what your child has learnt, their strengths, and how they can improve
  • What to bring?

    • A nut-free packed lunch and reusable water bottle
    • A face mask to be worn when entering the building and in corridors
    • Weather-appropriate clothing, so your child can enjoy outdoor play
    • A laptop (with passwords and chargers) - if you don’t have this, you can borrow one from us before you checkout
    • A readiness to have fun!
  • Our tutors

    • BlueShift teaching staff are coding professionals, who are passionate about passing their expertise onto children - many have previously taught at prestigious schools
    • Teachers undergo a rigorous application and training process, ensuring we get the best of the best
    • All teachers are vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Policies

Illness policy

Campers should not be brought to camp if they are displaying signs of illness. In the case of a camper who has become ill during camp hours, parents will be notified immediately to pick their child up. If a child misses a day or multiple days of camp because of an illness, credit towards another camp can be arranged for when they're feeling better.

Refund policy

You can cancel your camp booking up to 14 days prior to the start date. If you want to cancel your camp booking less than 14 days before, you can receive 50% refund or full credit towards future courses when cancelling between 13-7 days before, or full credit when cancelling less than 7 days before. If we are unable to run our camps, you will receive credit or a full refund.

FAQs:

  • What are you doing at camps with respect to COVID-19?
  • What does my child need to bring to camp?
  • How can I keep track of my child's work?
  • Can I use my childcare vouchers to pay for this course?
  • Can I switch camp dates incase holiday plans change?
  • "Thank you BlueShift for doing such a great job. My son is so excited about coding and learning made fun."

    Natalia, parent

  • "These courses are an amazing way to get kids interested in coding and robotics. Fun and educational"

    Isabel, parent

  • "My son was very keen to advance in programming. Not only has this been achieved, but his self-esteem has been greatly raised through your work. Thank you!"

    Marcos, parent

  • "The teachers have been excellent, full of enthusiasm and patience making the whole experience really fun"

    Angela, parent