Scratch and Robotics: Spooky Dinos

Scratch and Robotics: Spooky Dinos

A fun hands-on and ~spooky~ course that is perfect for all children that are passionate about building and programming robots.
  • Age
    6 to 8
  • Level
    Suitable for programmers of all experience levels aged between 6 to 8
  • Date
    19th to 23rd October, 26th to 30th October
    Every day from 10AM to 4PM. Please note you will be given a specific drop off time slot closer to the start of camp, between the times of 9:30-10AM in order to ensure social distancing. Our late pick-up service is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 safety measures.
  • Price
    £525.00 £455.00
  • Location
    Jane Cameron Building (JCB), Notting Hill Prep School, 95 Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ
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Due to restricted space, camp spaces are reserved for full-week students. If you would like to attend partial days, please book a full week to confirm your space or join our waiting list (http://bit.ly/blueshiftoct) for any remaining spaces once bookings close.

Important Information

  • Teacher:student ratio of 1:6, ensuring wrap-around care within a classroom bubble and top quality hands-on teaching with dedicated support for students.

    Real time communication with parents using our online platform, including photos and reports.

    Please bring your own laptop or rent one from us before checkout.

  • A practical course with a focus on problem solving, creativity, and engineering.

    Structured & varied projects give our students the freedom to explore tech.

    This course uses assessment and personalised teacher reports to ensure progress.
  • A focus on healthy learning: outdoor play at lunchtime, healthy snacks and drinks provided - please bring own lunch.

    Curriculum curated in conjunction with UCL.

    All staff are fully DBS checked & trained in both traditional and innovative teaching methods.

    Read more about our COVID-19 policies here.
Teachers at blue{shift}

All of our teaching staff undergo a rigorous application and on-boarding process. Each teacher is then vetted by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We provide training and support for all our teachers, and many of our teaching staff have taught at some of London's most prestigious schools. To read more, click here.

Detailed information

This course introduces children aged 6 to 8 to game design, engineering and robotics through a series of imaginative projects and challenges. Across the week, students will work on a number of different projects, such as building their own paper pterodactyl launcher or designing the gates to their own Dino Park! As such, our students are always given a new challenges, stretching their imagination and demonstrating a practical application of technology. They complete these projects by building robots that use Lego Wedo®, a kit designed especially for children.

Alongside the Lego Wedo® kit, students will work on projects using Scratch, a coding language developed by MIT that is easily accessible for new coders yet equipped with the ability to make complex projects. Using Scratch, students will create spooky dinosaur themed mini-games! Including creating their own game-controller with the LEGO Wedo®!

Information for Parents:

Whether your child is completely new to coding and robotics, or have attended a blue{shift} camp before and took part in one of our core curriculum courses and wants to try something more hands-on and robotics-based, this course is perfect for them! 

Due to COVID-19 we have limited space available on all courses, therefore spaces are reserved for full week students. If you wish to attend only part of the week, please either book a full week to confirm your space or sign up to our waiting list to be informed of any last minute availability.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how to build and program their own LEGO robot
  • To be able to use various mechanisms such as Worm gears, Bevel gears, Cranks, Rack + Pinions and Belts
  • Engineering and design thinking
  • To be able to use a range of sensors, including servo motors, tilt sensors and infrared distance sensors
  • To gain confidence with using loops in Scratch
  • To gain confidence with using keyboard events in Scratch
  • Problem-solving skills

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  • “My daughter had a great time. Her teacher challenged and inspired her interest in coding and helped her produce lots of cool programmes each day.”

    Sharon