What is your level of staff at each camp?
Classes are capped at 20 attendees. They are broken up by age and will have their own deciated teacher for the duration of the camp. There will be an additional supervisor who floats from class to class. Typically we will have 3 age groups in any one week, giving a staff pupil ratio of 15:1, but we sometimes have 4 groups or 2 age groups which will further lower this ratio. The camps are further supported by the general manager who visits the centres throughout the summer.
Will children be supervised at all times?
Yes the children will be supervised at all times. This includes during lunch and break times. We implement a buddy system for 9 & 10 year olds so that they will not be alone at any time, e.g. if they need to visit the toilet during class time.
What level of internet access will the students have at your summer camps?
Using the internet is an integral part of what we do at Whizzkids Summer Camps. More and more software is cloud based and we allow the students the freedom to create content about their interests when designing their websites etc. We emphasise the need to be specific in what the students search for on the net, but please be aware when we use third level institutions for our camps they do not have the same content filtering systems that second level or primary level schools do. There is therefore the possibility that children can access areas of the internet that are unsuitable for their age. While we are vigilant to observe their internet access we cannot guarantee they will not stray into these areas whether this is intentional or unintentional on their part. It is our policy to inform parents when we become aware of any such occurances.
Do they need to be strong at computers before they can attend?
No. Although most children have had some exposure to computers before they attend a Whizzkids summer camp, few will have undertaken any web design work before. Naturally, the older the attendee the quicker their group will proceed, but all will start with a blank sheet and will build their website from scratch.
How are classes organised?
Groups are organised by age. As web design only comprises one aspect of the day, even if someone is advanced for their age in terms of computing ability we feel they should be with the peers for all the other activities and organise the groups accordingly. Whilst we cannot forecast exactly who will book in any particular week, the 3 groups largely fall into the following categories; 9-10 year olds, 11-12 year olds, 13-15 year olds.
What is the boy/girl breakdown?
Again, we cannot forecast exactly what numbers will book into any particular week, however the pattern over the years shows approx 60/40 boy/girl breakdown.
Do the children need to bring their own equipment eg:digital cameras with them?
No. All equipment is provided for them and each student will have access to their own computer.
Video messages will play a part in the Spy Academy and although each student will have their own PC, for hygiene reasons we ask if you could please bring your own ear/headphones. You may bring a packed lunch or hot lunches are available for purchase on campus. As summers can be unpredictable weather wise, we ask that you bring appropriate clothing, i.e. in the event of sunshine, bring plenty of fluids, sun block and hats and rain jackets if it is showery.
What is a typical day like?
WhizzKids Summer Camps are broken up by age and our courses deliver age appropriate content. We deliver classes on 3 core IT subjects each day, but we realise it's summer time, so it can't be all work and mix in other activities such as sports and team based challenges into a very varies day. The core IT skill will depend on your age, but will start with scratch programming, animation and digital design for the youngest campers, through to coding in HTML, CSS, Python & Lua for the oldest kids. In between we have everything from 3D Design to Machine Programming, to Video Game Design and App Development. Here is a sample timetable:
|9:30-11:00||Core Skill 1||Core Skill 1||Core Skill 1||Core Skill 1||Core Skill 1|
|12:00-13:00||Core Skill 2||Core Skill 2||Core Skill 2||Core Skill 2||Core Skill 2|
|13:30-14:30||Spy Academy||Spy Academy||Spy Academy||Spy Academy||Spy Academy|
|14:30-15:30||Core Skill 3||Core Skill 3||Core Skill 3||Core Skill 3||Core Skill 3|
Does the weather have an impact on the camps?
Whizzkids summer camps are a mix of indoor and outdoor activities. Weather permitting, we will spend plenty of time out in the fresh air. However, if it is wet outside sports are cancelled, we move our movie-making indoors and everyone is kept busy with plenty of alternative spy missions to complete.
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