CPD programme to Support New Digital Technology GCSE

Megan ChickEvent, News, News and Events

Our new free CPD programme is designed to support secondary school teachers with the delivery of the new Digital Technology GCSE in Wales. The course is entirely free thanks to funding support from the Welsh Government. The course will run from September 2021 – March 2022, however there is no pressure to attend every session. Sessions dates and topics are … Read More

Using Minecraft to improve Cardiff’s sustainability plans

Megan ChickBlog, News

[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

New Podcast Launched to Encourage Young People to Consider STEM Careers

Megan ChickEvent, News, News and Events

Our new podcast, Technotalks, aims to entertain and inform young people about the careers available to them in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths sectors. Each week, inspiring people in STEM careers will discuss what their job involves, their career path and the exciting new technology in their field. Laura Roberts, our USW Regional Coordinator, will host the podcast, interviewing … Read More

Building cohousing projects in Swansea using Minecraft

Megan ChickNews

We have been working with Swansea Co-Housing and Christopher Gutteridge from the University of Southampton IT department, as well as schools in the area to design cohousing buildings for local residents. Swansea Co-Housing have been researching opportunities to develop community focused, sustainable and congenial living spaces in the Swansea area. We teamed up to work on a project where local … 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

Pupils support new train station design using Minecraft

Megan ChickNews

Pupils from Milford Haven have redesigned the new train station in a Minecraft world, in the hopes of inspiring the council’s new real-life design. We have been working with Milford Haven Comprehensive School and Pembrokeshire Council to challenge pupils to design and build the town’s new train station in Minecraft. Pupils were asked to think about the future of their … Read More

£3.8M EU Investment in Technocamps to Support Digital Upskilling Across Wales Extended

Megan ChickNews

In 2003, Technocamps was established as a small unit within Swansea University to address issues with the teaching of computing in schools in Wales. 18 years on, and many collaborations later, Technocamps is celebrating another year of EU structural funding from the Welsh Government. Back in 2018, Technocamps secured £5.3M of both EU funds (via the European Social Fund) and … Read More

Minecraft set to influence future design of new cancer centre

Megan ChickCompetition, News

We are working on an exciting partnership with Velindre University NHS Trust to adopt gamification to engage the children and young people of south east Wales in the design of the Trust’s new cancer centre. An amazing bespoke Minecraft world encompassing the site for the new Velindre Cancer Centre has been built by our Cardiff ambassadors.  Those entering the competition … Read More

Space Saving at Eisteddfod yr Urdd

Megan ChickEvent, News, News and Events

This year’s Eisteddfod yr Urdd is being held between 31 May and 4 June 2021, with a series of competitions, activities and events for children of all ages. On Tuesday 1 June and Friday 4 June, we will be hosting our popular Achub y Gofodwr (‘Space Saving’) workshop as part of Swansea University’s Gwyddonle series. The virtual, Welsh-medium sessions are … Read More

Sketty Primary School become a Gold Technocamps Certified School

Megan ChickNews

Sketty Primary School in Swansea has become the first Gold Technocamps Certified School. Nine out of Sketty Primary School’s ten Key Stage 2 teachers have now completed the Technocamps Certified Primary CPD training following the Spring Term graduation. To achieve Gold status, 75% of a school’s Key Stage 2 teachers must complete the course, and with 90% completed, Sketty Primary … Read More