Explorers: Ages 6-8

Scratch and Robotics

A fun, hands-on and ~spooky~ course that is perfect for all children that are passionate about building and programming robots.
Age 6-8
Difficulty Level
Suitable for beginners
Date & Times 26th - 30th October (10AM - 4PM)
Price £525.00
Location Jane Cameron Building (JCB), Notting Hill Prep School, 95 Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ
£525.00
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This camp introduces children to game design, engineering and robotics through a series of imaginative projects and challenges. Throughout 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! Our students are always given new challenges, stretching their imagination and demonstrating a practical application of technology. They will complete these by building robots using LEGO WeDo, a kit designed especially for children. Students will also work on projects using Scratch to create spooky dinosaur-themed mini-games!

Learning outcomes

In this course students will learn how to build and programme their own LEGO robot, and use various mechanisms such as worm gears, bevel gears, cranks, rack and pinions, and belts. They will learn how to use a range of sensors, including servo motors, tilt sensors and infrared-distance sensors. Students will gain confidence in using loops and keyboard events in Scratch, and their problem-solving skills will improve through challenges and team-work based tasks.

Information for parents

Whether your child is completely new to coding and robotics, or has completed a BlueShift camp or course before, this course is perfect for them!

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 - lets tidy up our work stations, pack up our things and get ready to go home!
My favourite part was designing my own dinosaur!

Student, aged 7

  • How does it work?

    • We have a maximum 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 rent 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 30 days prior to the start date. If you want to cancel your camp booking between 29-14 days prior to the start date, your refund will be processed as credit towards future camp bookings. If we are unable to run our camps, you will be able to receive credit or a refund

FAQs:

  • What are you doing at camps with respect to COVID-19?
  • What does my child need to bring to camp?
  • Does my child need to bring a device?
  • Can I use childcare vouchers to book this course?
  • "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