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The Tech Camp Difference

Tech Camp’s mission is to ‘inspire tomorrow’s inventors’, through its coding, electronics and engineering holiday camps and courses.  Building robots and rockets, learning coding skills, designing  computer games, 3D modelling and electronics are just some of the activities like-minded students enjoy at Tech Camp. All projects involve innovative take-home projects, so the learning and fun can continue at home. Tech Camp’s innovative course material has been developed over eight years and is continually refreshed to appeal to both beginners and serious technophiles alike.

Established in 2008, Tech Camp is the UK's original and longest-running provider of such camps, which students can attend in either Winchester (residential) or one of our non-residential venues in the south of England. Students from across the UK – and from further afield - attend the camps and learn from tutors with bright, young minds and a passion for technology and engineering.

Tutors are carefully selected based on their specific technology-related skills, their love of the technology industry and their genuine ability to inspire tomorrow’s young tech enthusiasts. In fact, some of the tutors are ex-Tech Camp students themselves, who are now studying tech and engineering universities like Cambridge and Imperial College.  Small tutor groups are maintained – with a maximum of 1:8 staff to student ratio - to provide the best possible experience.  On top of this each camp also has a manager - normally an experienced teacher and/or parent to ensure the camp runs smoothly and to look after the welfare of the campers - and depending on the size of the camp, a number of assistants as well.

Tom Ward

Tech Camp was founded by Tom Ward, an Electrical Engineer who previously worked as Head of Science at Elstree School, Berkshire. Tom is a self-confessed ‘techno-nerd’ and proudly admits he was a bit of a boff from school days. He was a national winner of both the "Beyond 2000" science competition and the DDIAE computing competition whilst at school in Australia. More recently, he has been a winner of the “Circuit Cellar” Electronic Design Competition in the US, has written articles for trade journals and is the technical publisher O'Reilly ("Best of Instructables"). He was short-listed for a ‘best e-learning Initiative’ award by the Times Educational Supplement for a science learning game he developed. Tom often presents workshops for The Science Museum, Maker Faire events in the US, and at the Cheltenham and Abu Dhabi Science Festivals.

What the campers say ...

Mary, Age 10

'"I went to the Winchester Tech Camp because my brother said it was brilliant.  I did Game Maker which involves making your own games and playing them and Laser Tag which is soldering circuits and making the game guns.

My tip for you is if you like games and programming then try Game Maker.  If you like sport then try Laser Tag!  This year I'm looking forward to laser tag because you get to design your own laser guns and programme them."

 

Luke, Age 13

'"I first learnt about Tech Camp when I was 9. Over the last four years I've done 10 weeks of Tech Camp! At my first camp we did rocketry which I absolutely loved so I wanted to go back. I also really enjoy all the activities at Tech Camp like computer coding, soldering and making things. So far I've done FPS Gaming, Game Maker, Rocketry, Web Design, and Laser Tag (and a few others). Last summer I did Game Maker and Laser Tag.

One of the highlights for me was last year when I was building a car game using physics. I set the car speed to 600 mph and it crashed out which was great fun! At home Tech Camp inspired me to make my own projects including a robot that we built using an electric drill and a fully automated chicken house that opens in the morning and closes at night!  This year I'm really looking forward to doing the new Laser Tag course and to be able to hack the code and add buttons."

 

Jack, Age 15

'"I’ve been coming to Tech camp since I was twelve and have done courses in Rocketry, Robotics, Aeronautics and Raspberry Pi. We also did extra activities in the evenings and I especially loved reverse engineering where we took apart everyday machine like printers, computers and photocopiers.  I have learned many different skills, including programming, soldering, wiring, flying and how machines work. I have taken home rockets, working robots which I programmed myself, have built a drone (which I fly at home).

I enjoy being with people who are interested in the same sort of things as me. It’s been great to learn things that you don't get taught at school like soldering and electronics.  I would definitely recommend going to Tech Camp as all the people are so friendly and you never get a chance to feel homesick. I have used the skills I learnt to make many projects including programmable models. Going away to Tech camp on my own has given me more confidence and I feel that anyone going should not be scared as everyone makes it easy to join in and enjoy learning."

 

Ryan, Age 16

"I've been to Tech Camp now three times. I initially went because I was interested in technology. I've done course on Rocketry, Laser Tag, Robotics, Raspberry Pi, and Game Design (twice!).
My experience with game design at camp led to me starting an after school club teaching game design to younger students. I'm looking forward to coming back because of the friendly atmosphere and the great technical resources at Tech Camp."