This truly is a STEM camp for young children. In this brand new camp for the October half term holiday, children will have the opportunity to explore and learn about:
Science: physics and the power of magnets
Technology: coding (we provide different levels for beginners through to budding young programmers)
Engineering: the basics of electronics and engineering as pupils build their own Mobile Electric Bug
Mathematics: dealing with challenging non-standard problems, for example: the Konigsberg Bridges problem, creating magic squares and combinatorial puzzles. These help to develop a child’s ability to adapt to an unusual presentation of the context and require logical reasoning to find solutions
We will also be teaching Chess with tuition in the rules, strategy and tactics depending on each child’s experience to date.
Children joining this camp will carry out hands-on experiments to demonstrate and understand the power of magnets. They will also be constructing a Mobile Electric Bug as a means of learning the basics of electronics and engineering. Each child can take their completed ‘Bug’ home to demonstrate what they have learned and achieved.
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.
The key learning benefits for children in our Maths, Programming and Chess classes are:
the development of their powers of problem solving in Maths. Children will meet a variety of mathematical puzzles, consider different approaches to tackling them and learn new methods of solving problems. Every child is encouraged 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 also supports each child’s understanding of the importance of maths and its practical uses
learning about Coding - 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
in 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
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