Innovators: ages 10-14

LEGO Mindstorms and 3D Design

This hands-on camp will teach your child core engineering, design, and programming principles through our own version of Robot Wars!
Age 10 to 14
Difficulty Level
Suitable for beginners and experienced students alike
Date & Times
Price £485.00
Location Jane Cameron Building (JCB), Notting Hill Prep School, 95 Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ
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You can drop your child off anytime between 9am and 10am

 

Jam packed with creative, crafty robotics, this course will enable your child to tackle the foundations of engineering, design, and programming! Students will build their very own robots and explore 3D printing as they develop their computational thinking and problem-solving skills... All whilst modifying their creations to fit their own interests and passions!

Learning outcomes

Students will work with LEGO Mindstorms to explore the key building blocks for robotics, as well as acquire essential science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) knowledge. They will build and program their very own robots and develop critical thinking, problem-solving and basic engineering skills by modifying and troubleshooting their code. Once finished we will be challenging each student to integrate programming and sensor technology to make their robots move, react and solve fun challenges, such as our very own version of robot wars!

The course will also cover 3D design and printing. Looking at how modern 3D printing works, students will learn design best practices before going on to looking at how they can create their own models. Once they've created their own designs we will print these using our industry standard 3D printers, before exploring the successes and failures of each piece of printing. With a little support and some tweaking each student will finish the course with their own finished 3D models! The skills learnt over the course of these workshops can kickstart a passion for engineering and design - preparing young coders for a possible career in these lucrative industries!

Information for parents

This course uses block-based coding, therefore experience with Scratch or other block-based languages would be beneficial but is not required.

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.
12.30 - 13.30
Lunchtime
After half an hour for lunch it's time for some offline, outdoor time. Students take part in activities ranging from dodgeball to football tournaments, scavenger hunts to water games (fingers crossed for some sunny weather!).
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 battling with the robots!

Student, aged 12

  • 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
  • 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