Minis: Ages 5-6
Minis: Ages 5-6
Summer of STEM
In this camp, young children are introduced to coding and technology through short accessible activities that require no previous experience. Students will have fun making their very own robots using basic robotics, and develop basic coding skills using Scratch Jr, an introductory programming language designed specifically for young children. Space cadets week takes young astronauts on a journey through the galaxy as they complete their mission to the moon through a series of tasks and challenges. Ocean adventure is a week full of mermaids, pirates, sharks and dolphins as our explorers work together to find the hidden treasure chest through sea-themed robot races and digital creations. Time travellers week takes globetrotters on an adventure back AND forward in time to visit exciting events whilst learning basic coding skills in time to travel back to the 21st century!
Throughout their week at camp students will:
- Learn problem-solving skills
- Cover the fundamentals of coding (loops and logical reasoning)
- Gain an understanding of basic robotics using LEGO WeDo, Dashbot, Ozobot and Robo Wunderkind to build and race robots!
- Get creative with Scratch Jr, an introductory programming language that enables young children to create their own stories, animations and games
- Come away from the with basic ICT skills and introductory computing concepts that are an important first step for children
The course is punctuated with regular offline and off-screen outdoor breaks to ensure that young learners are able to focus and engage throughout the day and keep active.
Information for parents
We ask that you do not sign up children younger than 5 up to our Minis course as we are not Ofsted Licensed for under 5 year olds.
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!
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.
After half an hour for lunch it's time for some offline, outdoor time. Students take part in activities ranging from inflatable obstacle course races to football tournaments, scavenger hunts to water games (fingers crossed for some sunny weather!).
Let's refocus after lunch and playtime by diving into building our robots!
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!
I liked making my robot dance!
Student, aged 5
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.
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.
What are you doing at camps with respect to COVID-19?
At BlueShift, our top priority is always the safety and wellbeing of our students, parents and staff. That's why we have thought carefully about our upcoming camps and what we can do to ensure we keep our community safe. Please read our COVID-19 Camps Policy Overview FAQ for more information on how we are doing this.
Please be aware these policies will be shared with you in more detail closer to the beginning of camp.
What does my child need to bring to camp?
All we ask for them to bring is a packed lunch (not including nuts), a reusable water bottle and weather appropriate clothing for outside play.
With respect to COVID-19 we ask that parents provide their child with a mask to take with them for when they are entering and leaving camp. Masks are not required in classrooms.
Does my child need to bring a device?
No, Mini Coders do not need to bring any devices. All equipment is provided!
Can I use childcare vouchers to book this course?
Yes! Read our childcare voucher FAQ article for more information on how to pay using childcare vouchers.
Can I switch camp dates incase holiday plans change?
Yes! Read our CampShift policy for more information.
"Thank you BlueShift for doing such a great job. My son is so excited about coding and learning made fun."
"These courses are an amazing way to get kids interested in coding and robotics. Fun and educational"
"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!"
"The teachers have been excellent, full of enthusiasm and patience making the whole experience really fun"