Can you believe it? It’s already Week 7 of Term 3. Only 3 weeks until the school holidays. How will your children fill up the free time over the school holidays? We have a few school holiday code camps for the upcoming September school holidays. Our venues are located in Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay council areas.

We have 8 venues that host our holiday code camps:

Use this interactive map to find the nearest holiday code camp venue to you.

There are different code camps on offer at the various locations for various age groups:

  • Python Adventures (10-14 year olds)

  • MicroMakers (7-11 year olds)

  • Programming Pepper (9-14 year olds)

  • Game Maker (10-16 year olds)

All code camps are for 2 days, 9am – 3.30pm. We have two 15 minute breaks and a half hour break each day. There are 15 students with two tutors.

Learn about the various code camps.

Python Adventures

Build a text adventure and other computer games and animations in Python. Python is a great text-based programming language to learn as a beginner. It is simple, clean and has great readability. This code camp is for 10-14 year-olds. Here is a sample project of what we build using Python.

MicroMakers

Invent gadgets, code with Scratch, build circuits using fruit, lollies and other everyday objects. Invent your own musical instrument or design your own game controller. Make an electronic drum kit using fruit and lollies. Build a game controller using aluminium foil or marshmallows. Discover conductive and nonconductive materials. Integrate your own software with your own hardware. This code camp is for 7-11 year olds.  Here is a video of a sample project of what we build using Scratch and Makey Makey.

Programming Pepper, the friendly humanoid robot

Pepper can talk, play music, strike a pose, dance, and is designed to be a fun and interactive companion for all.

Now, you can learn how to programme your very own creations on Pepper, with Pepper’s various features including cameras, a tablet, voice recognition, and touch sensors.

This code camp is for 9-14 year olds. Here are three videos of student presentations from past projects:

Game Maker

Build a 2D Military Style Action Game. This code camp is for 10-16 year olds.

GameMaker Studios is a game development environment that targets those who are interested in-game development, but don’t know where to get started, or don’t have the technical expertise to make it a reality. It features a simple drag-and-drop interface, allowing you to make rather sophisticated games without actually have to write a text-based code. That being said, GameMaker does have its own scripting language called GML for those who are interested in getting started with text-based coding for games. GML allows one to add further functionality and flexibility to their games without having to learn any of the tricky programming paradigms and languages that are commonly used in the industry. GameMaker is, overall, a great tool to get started with game development, regardless of whether or not you have any technical experience with it!

We look forward to introducing more venues for the Christmas school holiday code camps in Ipswich and North Lakes.

For more information on school holiday code camps, see here.