10 Things Your Kids Will Gain From Code Camp

In just seven years, Code Camp has proudly taught and inspired 100,000 bright-eyed kids from around Australia the basics of coding. We are committed to ensuring our students continue to walk away with more than just a computer game and another language under their belt, but with new friends and a broader skill set as well.

Here’s a breakdown of what your kids will gain from coming to Code Camp:

1. A new language

Coding is one of the most vital languages of the new economy. Already we see it woven into everything from traffic lights to greenhouses to design agencies.

At camp, we teach kids the fundamentals of drag and drop coding, inviting them to continue using the Code Camp World platform long after they leave. We are passionate about ensuring kids have the resources to continue developing their skills at home.

We also have
available based on your child’s skill level, so they can keep coming back and increasing their skills under professional guidance.

2. Friendship through teamwork

Code Camp is an inclusive environment designed to ensure students from all backgrounds, skills and ages have the opportunity to make lasting friendships through teamwork and develop a new skill while they’re at it. Whether it’s in the classroom or out in the playground, our teachers are equipped to look out for and facilitate a welcoming space.

3. Creative Freedom

Coding is more than just a bunch of letters and symbols on a black screen. At Code Camp, our students need to come up with their own game and their own storyline. Who is the bad guy? Why is he bad? How will the good guy overcome evil? How can the story become a game? What images and colours will they use?

Children have such incredible imaginations, and we want to make their imagination a reality.

4. Problem solving and confidence

Learning something new and solving problems for the first time can be incredibly challenging, but once you master it the sense of confidence in yourself, your ability grows. That’s what we aim to foster in every single one of our students.

5. Computational thinking

For many kids, this is their first exposure to computational thinking in a technical way. At Code Camp, students are given a problem and are challenged to express the solution in such a way that only a computer can solve it.

This new mindset will lead them to question their consumption. How are those new Nike shoes connecting to my iPhone? How does my shower stay warm? What does the changing Facebook algorithm mean for me as a consumer?

By understanding the role of technology, kids will become creators rather than consumers, appreciating the never-ending possibilities of technology.

6. Access to professionals

Qualified teachers with a degree in computing science, what more could you need? Any questions that kids have beyond the Code Camp World realm can be answered by our professionally trained team.

7. Time Management

By the end of the week, your child will walk away with a game. This means that time management is necessary in order to get your child to the stage of completion. The great news is, every child who attends every day of the camp will walk away with something, we make sure of it!

8. Meaningful school holiday experience

When you’re trying to juggle full time work and parenthood, it’s hard to ensure your kids have a really fun and meaningful school holiday period. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered here.

9. Merch

Every kid on camp will walk away with a t-shirt, wristband, and a medal on completion.

10. An awesome game

This is what kids are super excited about, but it’s really the final destination for us. We want to make sure our students walk away with new skills, new friends, and a desire to continue learning and challenging themselves with code. The more kids who know and understand technology, the more chance we have as a society to solve the problems that we face. The game is a bonus!

Your Ultimate school holidays activity list

1. Get creative with Minions

What is it?

Kids go bananas for Minions (pun intended) and these school holidays they can express their fandom making a Minions movie using stop-motion animation techniques. Over 2 days, kids create their own Minions clay characters and design their own film set. The magic begins when they see their characters come to life by taking multiple images of objects and stitching them together to look like they’re moving! - It’s incredibly fun!

Why go?

‍If they watch their favourite animated movies on repeat, they’ll love creating Minions clay figurines and developing their own story, taking lots of still frames and stitching them together to create their very first movie!  

Ages: 5-7

2. Become a DJ

What is it?

Children will take their first steps into the exciting world of mixing music to create their own DJ set.  

Why go?

Kids will love mixing their favourite pop tunes using beat matching and transitions on real DJ decks. Plus, they will design their own DJ brand, develop branded merch, and even perform a DJ set to their friends!

Ages: 8-13

3. Pilot a drone

What is it?

Kids learn to pilot a drone using coding to design a flight path and watch in wonder as the drone takes flight!

Why go?

If your kid shows an interest in drones, they can learn more than just the basics of flying. Kids get a taste of cutting-edge technology and learn about coding, problem-solving, engineering, design, and more. They’ll learn about drone tech and safety, movie making, and discover how drones have a positive social impact when used to fight bushfires, rescue koalas, spot sharks on the coast and loads more!

Ages: 9-13

4. Become a YouTuber

What is it?

While they may not end up with YouTube stardom, we’re sure kids will have a new lens on screen time. They will be equipped with the skills to start producing and directing their own ideas instead of simply watching other people's! Plus, they’ll gain confidence ‘performing’ in front of audiences and on set and importantly, learn about staying safe online.

Why go?

Taking a YouTube fixation and turning it into something incredibly productive where kids will learn planning, storytelling, filming and video editing to become the star in their very own YouTube-style videos.

Ages: 8-13

5. Produce a LEGO movie

What is it?

Turn hours of playing with LEGO characters into an even more creative pursuit, by teaching kids to create their own LEGO Movie.

Why go?

They can use their favourite LEGO characters and sets, come up with a fun storyline and use stop-motion techniques to produce a short animation film. It will transform the way they play at home and offer endless hours of creativity for the rest of the holidays.

Ages: 7-12

6. Code a game

What is it?

Kids can design their own arcade-style video games (like Super Mario Bros), jam-packed with cool characters like zombies and unicorns, and awesome gaming features such as invisibility cloaks and shrinking potions. They’ll learn drag and drop code and logic to connect all the design elements together and bring their games to life!

Why go?

Kids are spending countless hours on Roblox and Minecraft these days. Get them to spark their creative side instead, by producing their own original games, using a combination of creative level design, storytelling and problem-solving to bring their creations to life. It’s so much fun, they won’t realise they are actually learning some very important coding and tech skills for their future.

Ages: 7-12

7. Develop a Website

What is it?

For kids with some proficiency in coding, they’ll create their own website from scratch about an animal, movie, sporting team or their favourite topic.  

Why go?

With 1.93 billion websites on the world wide web, developers are in higher demand than ever before. It’s a great head start to gain fundamental web building skills and your kids will have so much fun in the process.

Ages: 8-13

Fun School Holiday Activities in Australia for Kids 5-13

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