Decisions, Dilemmas and DigiTech

Megan ChickBlog, News, News and Events

[Blog by Delivery Officer Nia John] It has been an interesting academic year, to say the least – school closures, learning from home and self-isolation have become routine. However, that doesn’t mean that everything is different, and for thousands of pupils across Wales, now is the time to be making decisions about their futures by choosing their GCSE and A-Level … Read More

Using Minecraft to improve Cardiff’s sustainability plans

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[Blog by Technocamps Delivery Officer, Laura Choy] Minecraft captures an element of artistic freedom that many other mediums haven’t yet matched. The ability to model a 3-dimensional world with simple tools enables visions and ideas to take form with ease. During my youth, I spent many hours with my peers building elegant constructions and venturing off into the diverse biomes … Read More

The New Digital Technology GCSE in Wales: (Nearly) Everything You Need to Know

Megan ChickBlog, News

The Digital Technology GCSE will be introduced to schools in Wales in September 2021. Here’s (nearly) everything you need to know about it… The inspiration for the course was a 2018 report, launched by Qualification Wales with Technocamps at Swansea University’s Computational Foundry, “ICT Qualifications need Fundamental Reform, say Regulator”. The report concluded a need for a new digital based … Read More

One World, One Technology

Megan ChickBlog, News, News and Events

[Blog by Susan Monkton, Schools Liaison Officer at our Cardiff Hub] The last 12 months have certainly been an experience. Not only have we experienced a global pandemic, but we have also seen protests, politics and panic buying! We have all discovered the way the world can work if it really has to, and the benefits and challenges that can … Read More

Virtual STEM fun with the Brownies and Guides

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[Blog by Technocamps Schools Liaison Officer, Joanne Ralph] I have been Schools Liaison Officer for Technocamps for the past two years and before that I was a secondary school science teacher. Within both roles I have always strived to engender enthusiasm for STEM subjects in young people, especially girls. My daughter was a Brownie, and every week came home excited … Read More

How to Make Sure you’re Cybersecure

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[Blog by Technocamps Delivery Officer, Olga Petrovska] Do you remember a time when hearing “You’ve got mail” caused elation? For today’s internet user that feels rather surreal, and yet it was a reality some 20 years ago. With the development of technology, our notion of online is being continuously redefined. Just think about how much time you spend connected these … Read More

Getting girls interested in STEM

Megan ChickBlog

Only 26% of STEM graduates are female. This shocking (yet probably unsurprising) number may well be increasing, but very slowly. There remains a long way to go before we realise a gender-balanced pipeline of fully literate school leavers and graduates entering the job market. One of the main issues is a huge lack of representation in these fields. With men … Read More

Learning with Lego in Lockdown

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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)… Back in May, as I was struggling to juggle home-schooling my three daughters and my job as Regional Coordinator for Technocamps … Read More