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ComputerXplorers: Junior Summer Camp

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ComputerXplorers: Junior Summer Camp

There are 2 different themes for the ComputerXplorer camps - Lego Animation or Game Design and Gadgets. Take your pick.

Blast off with ComputerXplorers this summer as its all about animation or game design. We have it covered! Both weeks will end with our very own rocket launch! .

We have two junior computing camps this summer.

Lego Animation or Game Design and Gadgets.

In each camp, children will focus on computing in the morning for 2.5 hours before joining the All Sports camp in the afternoon for team fun games, film making and a sports session. The price is inclusive of the All Sports camp.

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Computer Xplorers

ComputerXplorers are the specialists in providing extra-curricular computing clubs at schools and nurseries throughout Edinburgh as well as computing and technology camps.

Our children's computing classes are always engaging, educational and lots of fun - perfect for child who is 'mad about computers' or for the child who just wants to try something new.

So if you are looking for coding classes for your child or a creative animation class to spark their imagination, this camp is for you.

Our activity Calendar

Week by week Calendar

Blast off with ComputerXplorers this summer as its all about animation this week from stop motion animation to augmented reality!. We have it covered! Children will learn how to animate Lego and explore the world of augmented reality. The week will end with our very own rocket launch!

Lego Animation

Stop-motion animation is one of the simplest and most fun animation techniques. Combine this with LEGO and you have a winning combination for young film-makers. A fantastic way to bring your favourite LEGO creations to life. We will teach you the techniques you need to become a magical movie producer and create your very own animation which can be viewed by family and friends. Watch out Wallace and Gromit here comes ComputerXplorers!

Augmented Reality

Explore the magic of augmented reality as we bring inanimate objects to life using iPads. Make your content 3D and even 4D as you hold a NASA spacecraft in your hand or bring your lip syncing avatar to life!

Wacky Rockets

Three...two...one..BLAST OFF. Join us for this exciting look at how rockets work. Design and build your own rocket as we prepare for launch day then head outside and watch it soar. We will take photographs and record our rocket launches. You’ll have a blast.

It’s all about game design and gadgets this week. Here our Juniors will learn the fundamentals of games design as they create their very own video games to take home and learn to code with the Micro:bit—a handheld fully programmable computer! The week will end with our very own rocket launch.

Video Game Design

Love video games? Start building them for yourself! Our Juniors will learn the fundamentals of game design as we explore different pieces of game design software on a voyage of discovery from mazes and dragons to superheroes and angry birds!

Micro:bit Inventor

We will be using this handheld, fully programmable computer to create emoticon displays, make games, send coded messages and communicate with light and music. It’s simple to get started with, incredibly versatile and awesomely powerful!

Wacky Rockets

Three...two...one...BLAST OFF. Join us for this exciting look at how rockets work. Design and build your own rocket as we prepare for launch day then head outside and watch it soar. We will take photographs and record our rocket launches. You’ll have a blast.

ADDITIONAL INFO

Activity FAQs

The following outline is a rough guide to a typical day at Excel Sports Academy… There will be a minimum of 2.5hrs of Computer Xplorers each day.

8am – 9.15amDrop off time
Supervision of children watching a film, playing board games, cards, colouring, reading etc.
9.15am – 10.15amExcel Plus Activity: Computer Xplorers
10.15am – 10.30amBreak
10.30am – 12pmExcel Plus Activity: Computer Xplorers
12pm – 12.30pmLunch
12.30pm – 1pmDown Time – Supervision of children watching a film, playing board games, cards, colouring, reading etc.
1pm – 2pmSports Session
2pm – 3pmSports Session
3.00pm – 3.30pmTeam Film Making Practice
3.30pm – 5pmSports Challenge or Tournament
5pm – 6pmPick up time
Supervision of children watching a film, playing board games, cards, colouring, reading etc.

The following table of activities highlights what you might expect to do during an Excel+ week:

Monday

  • Enrolment
  • Team organisation
  • Sports activities
  • Excel+ ComputerXplorers
  • Film making choices

Tuesday

  • Sports Activities
  • Excel+ ComputerXplorers
  • Team tournament
  • Film Practice

Wednesday

  • Sports Activities
  • Excel+ ComputerXplorers
  • Team tournament
  • Filming day

Thursday

  • Sports Activities
  • Excel+ ComputerXplorers
  • Team tournament
  • Themed Thursday (e.g. pyjama party)

Friday

  • Sports Activities
  • Excel+ ComputerXplorers
  • Team tournament
  • Oscar ceremony
  • Prize giving

All equipment is provided but you are welcome to bring your own specialist equipment if you prefer.

Wear clothing suitable for the season and a full active day eg shorts and tracksuit bottoms, trainers, fleece and a waterproof. We like to get outside as much as possible.

Due to allergies Excel does not provide food. Bring snacks and a packed lunch full of nutritous food fit for a full, active day. Sweets are not a good source of energy! St George's often provide a snack at the end of the day but this will be given after sign out, to allow you to decide if it is suitable.

Bring a refillable water bottle. Water is available at the water fountains for refills.

If you need to bring medicine you will be asked to fill out a form at the start of the week and this will be kept stored for you in case it is required. This can be stored in a fridge if required.

Please do not bring ipads, tablets or telephones. If you do need a telephone, you will be asked to hand it in at the start of the day. This is to protect the taking of images of children.

The Venue

Excel Sports Academy have been in the fantastic facilities of St George’s School for Girls for many years now. Located in a quiet residential area just west of the City in Roseburn. St George’s is one of the countries top schools with first class facilities.

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The Staff

Our Staff are led by a PE teacher and all undergo training as well as appropriate safety checks. We regularly have other PE teachers, elite sports performers and university students training to be teachers.

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