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Workshops We deliver innovative Workshops in computer science for young people across Wales.

Welcome to Technocamps

Our mission is to inspire, motivate and engage people with computational thinking and promote Computer Science as underpinning all aspects of modern society.

Our Programme

Since 2003, Technocamps has been providing hands-on computing workshops to inspire, motivate and engage young people. In particular, during the two school years spanning 2014-2016, we delivered an average of 9 hours of workshops in 97% of Wales’ state-backed secondary schools.

With our Playground Computing programme we deliver day-long interactive workshops in primary schools, one classroom at a time. During the 2016-2017 school year we delivered 175 workshops in primary schools to over 4000 pupils and their teachers.

With our Technoteach programme we are providing vital CPD training sessions to up-skill ICT teachers in the new computer science curriculum. In particular, we provide an NQF-level accredited qualification, the Certificate of Teaching of Computing. Over the past two years 31 teachers have been awarded this certificate following a full year of Technoteach workshops; and there are 46 teachers currently undertaking this certificate training during the 2017-2018 school year.

The Technocamps Programme is supported by the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund and is delivered throughout Wales via University collaborations.

Annual Report

Download Technocamps Annual Report 2019

2019 was a great year for us.

We are really proud of what we have achieved in a short space of time. We have put together our annual report which showcases all the highlights from the last year.

We are particularly grateful to our funders (Welsh Government and the EU) and to all our partner institutions for their continued support.

Technoclubs

Technocamps After School Clubs are free and it is not a requirement for the children to know or have any prior knowledge or experience in coding/programming to join the club. They also do not need to bring any equipment or devices as it will all be provided.

Find out more here.

Popular Resources

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A group of workshops focusing on algorithms utilising Python, Greenfoot, HTML, and assembly language.

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The Cross Curricular Coding (C3) programme offers a variety of topics to get students engaging in Computer Science activities across a range of subjects.

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This workshop aims to detach pupils from the idea that computing involves using a computer as a tool.

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Learn all about Alfred Wallace and Machine Learning in this workshop which was developed to accompany Theatr na nÓg's play "The Butterfly Hunter".

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The Eye of The Storm workshop supports the Theatr na nÓg production introducing children to physics and computational thinking.

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Accompanies the Theatr na nÓg production. Learn all about World War and try out different methods for writing and breaking coded messages, and use these skills to defuse a virtual bomb.

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These resources were presented at the Technocamps "Curriculum for Success" Teachers Conference held at the Liberty Stadium on October 17th.

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The Py Shop programme helps students develop the ability to program in Python starting from the basics before covering more advanced topics.

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This is suitable for both KS3 and KS4. The activity pack breaks down the aspects of Greenfoot into four key areas: Setting up the World, Movement, Functionality and The Counter.

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Learn all about Assembly Language and how to write programs using the Little Man Computer Simulator!

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Learn how to write and solve secret messages!

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This workshop will teach you the basics of algorithms, including their components! You will also learn about sorting and searching algorithms!

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This pack will help you get started, with instructions on how to install things!

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This pack includes short "how-to" videos teaching a variety of topics!

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This activity pack contains videos and tutorials to help you develop your programming skills and understanding through Scratch games and tasks.

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This activity pack covers machine learning from the basics and also includes tutorials on making your own machine learning game.

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Here you can find all the resources from our Virtual Code Clubs.

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This activity pack teaches you all about logic gates!

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This pack teaches Python using art!

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This pack teaches you how to make Arduino circuits via Tinkercad.

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This pack introduces you to some fundamental programming principles through use of the block-based editors Scratch, MakeCode for Micro:bit and Lego Mindstorms!

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This activity pack teaches you boolean algebra, with an interactive quiz and tools available to help!

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This activity pack uses Python turtle to teach maths!

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This activity pack explores the movement of the planets in our Solar System and shows you how to model this in Scratch.

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Learn the basic building-blocks that make up the Internet as you get started making your own webpages!

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Take a look at some of the challenges in the CyberSoc Capture The Flag game.

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This activity pack offers you a set of Python programming tasks that are great for practise.

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Learn all you need to create beautiful low-fi colourful artwork both on and off the computer.

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Build your very own robotic board game with a Micro:Bit whilst learning all about Conditionals!

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Learn how to simulate the reactions behind the newer, greener fuels we'll be using in the near future.

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Build your own Tower of Hanoi puzzle game in Scratch!

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Learn how to model some very tiny processes indeed!

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This acitivty pack will teach you the concept of simulation modelling to show how we can stop the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.

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Learn all about Food Chains and make your own interactive model of a habitat!

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Summer School 2020

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Learn about classification systems and how dichotomous keys are used to classify animals.

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Learn Programming Principles whilst taking part in this coding challenge.

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Learn the secrets behind QR Codes. What do they mean? How can I create my own?

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Learn all about the exciting principles of Physics with these fun experiments!

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Learn to count and add in binary with this amazing AR App!

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Why use a pen and paper to make Pigpen ciphers when you can use a MicroBit?

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Join us for the second Season of Virtual TechnoClub!

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Ever want to shut your alarm up in the morning? This pack is for you.

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Get to grips with Blockly - a block-based programming language from Google.

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App Inventor is a quick, easy and free way for anyone to build an Android app, without needing to have programming experience.

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Arduino is a small circuit board which allows you to make a computer that can sense and control the physical environment.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the intelligence exhibited by machines or software, and there are many interesting questions around this topic. Can you program a computer to think?

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Greenfoot is a simple, visual programming language based on Java, which is very relevant as Java is a highly sought after skill in industry.

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Most of us access the internet on a daily basis, but how are these websites built?

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The LEGO Mindstorms NXT is a programmable robotics kit which can be used to create many different robots which can complete a variety of tasks.

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The BOT120 is a small 2 wheeled robot that can fit into the palm of your hand, and it can be easily programmed using BASIC, or a drag and drop flowchart builder.

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Use the “Open Source Vision Library” , a free software library to use computer vision and machine learning.

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Use the popular programming language “Python” to create a textual puzzle game.

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A popular educational open source programming environment using colourful code blocks to build up scripts to create games or animations

Latest News

Welcome to the Autumn edition of Newsbyte! We’ve had a busy few months with our successful Summer of STEM and preparing virtual sessions ready for the return to schools. Find out what we’re up to…

Our Bangor Hub Coordinator, Alex Clewett, had a very productive lockdown. Here, he talks about his experience with the new Lego Education SPIKE Prime set, and how he designed, built and coded his own carnival rides (with his children)...

Over October Half-Term, we're offering two introductory sessions to the world of Game Design!

We’re hosting our first ever virtual Education Conference on Thursday October 22nd! The event is FREE and relevant to Primary and Secondary schools.

Ever wondered what it would be like to make electricity from the sun, work for NASA or research Astrobiology? We've got seven inspiring women in STEM who want to talk to you about their jobs and how they got them!

Our new on-line Activity Packs have helped to keep children motivated and excited this summer and they have been extremely popular. Our delivery team developed some great worksheets, videos, and quizzes that can be found here.

We've been working hard to develop a whole host of virtual sessions for primary and secondary school ages. Workshops are currently virtual via live streaming into classrooms throughout Wales.

Our 6-week Virtual Coding Technoclub starts after half term!


Get Involved

Are you interested in arranging a Technocamps workshop for your school or college? We offer a range of computational thinking based workshops to support students and staff through KS2 to KS5. Get in touch to find out more.

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