Cryptarithms, Codes and Building a Fibre Optic Lamp

Junior STEM Camp for ages 4.5 to 8  

18 - 22 December 2023: Face to Face at Baden-Powell House, 65 Queens Gate, SW7 5JS


In this brand new Christmas holiday camp, children will have the opportunity to discover exciting new areas of fun Maths that go beyond the curriculum. Children will also be constructing a Fibre Optic Lamp and studying Programming and Chess.

This camp has a strong focus on Maths which will be enjoyable, entertaining and filled with ‘Aha’ moments. Children will study and enjoy:

  • solving number puzzles of all varieties

  • guessing numbers based on their description

  • cryptarithms and codes

  • using diagrams to arrange numbers

  • finding missing numbers in sequences

These are the types of challenges our campers will be encountering. Underneath the entertaining side of the tasks, pupils will revise arithmetic operations, reinforce their mental calculation skills, develop their powers of logical reasoning and practice being systematic and persistent.

Our teaching methodology in maths encourages every child to discuss their thinking about a problem with their peers. The exchange of ideas in our friendly discussions is both enjoyable and productive, helping children to develop their reasoning skills. This will also support each child’s understanding of the importance of maths and its practical uses.

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.  

Children joining this camp will be constructing a Fibre Optic Lamp as a means of learning the basics of electronics and engineering. Each child can take their completed ‘Lamp’ home to demonstrate what they have learned and achieved. 

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.  

Beyond electronics and maths children will:

  • learn about Programming - how it works, how much fun it is and ‘debugging’ - the process of each child checking their work if the programme doesn’t run and trying to fix it themselves. We develop new coding projects for every camp

  • enjoy Chess: the primary goal for the youngest and newest players will be to learn the basic rules of chess and begin playing. More advanced players will be coached in strategy and tactics and how to improve their game. 

To develop a child’s interest in chess, we present it as an exciting game of protecting one’s kingdom and its inhabitants. Research shows that playing chess regularly helps children achieve better results in maths and sciences, enhances language skills and memory and, most importantly, improves decision making which is why many countries teach it as a part of the school curriculum

This is a five day camp that runs from 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm - but not both. Each three hour day is divided into classes on the topics above with comfort breaks and opportunities to stop for drinks and a snack.

Learning groups are very small with a pupil to teacher ratio of 6 to 1. They are tailored for each child’s age and level of experience with the subject to provide appropriate levels of simplicity or complexity.

Format and fees for the junior face to face camp (Reception to Year 3, ages 4.5 to 8):

  • small groups of similar age and experience. Pupil to teacher ratio is 6 to 1
  • five days from Monday to Friday from either 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm 
  • fees are £450 for all five days. It is not possible to join for a shorter period

Places are limited, please register your interest HERE.