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HackLab Holiday Camps

HackLab camps are where it’s at. Over the school breaks, budding programmers, engineers, gamers and makers join us at prestigious tech venues across the city where they use different technologies and coding languages to accomplish fun and inspirational projects.

Group sizes are kept small to ensure close mentorship and guidance from our camp experts. No previous experience is necessary for any of our courses (unless specifically stated) and are designed to allow students to move at their own pace. Every day starts at 9am and ends at 5pm.

All of our courses can be taken more than once; there is always more to discover and new skills to learn!

The day starts at 9am and finishes at 5pm. We schedule plenty of breaks and non screen time, this is what happens at a typical HackLab day: 

8.30am – 9.00am: Drop off and registration, ready for 9am start.
9.00am – 10.30am: Let’s get the day started! We normally begin the morning with an unplugged activity, related to the content for the day to stretch our brains, warm up the imagination and make new friends.
10.30am – 11.00am: We have a 30 minute morning break for a snack and a drink. Moving out of the classroom, grab a book, a comic, pack of cards or maybe even some juggling balls!
11.00am – 12.30pm: It’s boot up time. Plug in the tech and get acquainted with the platforms we will be using that day.
12.30pm – 1.30pm: Lunch time! We take a full hour for lunch where we normally run around outside, play Frisbee, football, skipping, do handstands, whatever takes your fancy! If it’s cold and raining we stay in, play board games, card games and sometimes watch a cartoon.
1.30pm – 3.00pm: Back to the lab, get creating!
3.00pm – 3.30pm: Afternoon break. Give those brain cells a rest!
3.30pm – 5.00pm: Final section of the day, finish off your projects before wrap up.
5.00pm – 5.30pm: Pickups and home time. 

If you have any questions about which course to go for, please ring us on 01223 403 347 and our friendly team will be happy to advise. 

 

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  • Drop a Beat

    We delve into the realms of Mozart, MetaeX, Skrillex and Fatboy Slim. We drop some fat beats using the incredible SonicPi, a program which turns your code into sweet, sweet music live and in real time. Using the Ruby language, we explore musical scales, tempo and timing, composition and chords. Once we have a decent melody going, we dive into variables and threads by adding a chocolatey bassline and sampling a rapturous drum loop to create your own personal nightclub anthem, movie theme or game.

    Dates: 29th May 2017 (Cambridge)
    Age: 8-16 years
    Level: Level 1This is an introductory course and is suitable for anyone above the age of 8 or above to try, these courses will provide a good starting platform for developing tech skills.
    Type: Holiday Camp
    Duration: 1 Day Camp
    City: Cambridge

    £95

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  • Missile Commander

    First, you’ll take a NERF rocket launcher powered by USB and connect it to a RaspberryPi. Then you’ll use Scratch to create a program interface for your personal missile defence system: complete with sound effects, flashing lights, programmed attacks and voice overs.Then you’ll design and create a MakeyMakey powered physical controller that can be whatever you can imagine - a joystick made of lolly sticks, a cardboard game controller you drew yourself… even parts of your own body!

    Dates: 12th April 2017 (Cambridge)
    Age: 8-16 years
    Level: Level 1This is an introductory course and is suitable for anyone above the age of 8 or above to try, these courses will provide a good starting platform for developing tech skills.
    Type: Holiday Camp
    Duration: 1 Day Camp
    City: Cambridge

    £95

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  • Build-A-Boardgame

    The first ever boardgame - Senet - was invented in 3500BC, but Boardgames have been a geek staple since the 70's, when Gary Gygax released Dungeons & Dragons and changed the face of games forever! Since then, we've had a load of other awesome tabletop games produced - Settlers of Catan, Hero Quest, King of Tokyo... etc. Over three days, we'll help you design, refine, play-test and fabricate your own tabletop game, complete with lasercut pieces to take home and play with your friends!

    Dates: 3rd - 5th April 2017 (Cambridge)
    Age: 8-16 years
    Level: Level 2This is an intermediate course and is only recommended for children who have completed 3 or more Level 1 courses in the chosen discipline (Coding, Digital Arts .. etc.). These courses take a more in depth look at the software/tools used and require sstudents to have a basic knowledge of them before attending. Experience with general computer literacy students should be able to type confidently and navigate around the operating system unsupervised.
    Type: Holiday Camp
    Duration: 3 Day Camp
    City: Cambridge

    £275 - £305

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  • Sketch a Circuit

    We take a bunch of awesome fun things - drawing, electronics and twinkly lights and combine them all into a fun-filled day of creating your own electronic artwork! Using the supercool Bare Conductive electric paint, you'll get to make your own artworks that will light up the night! We'll discuss the fundamentals of electronic circuitry, show you how Bare conductive works, and then turn you loose to create your own personalised light-up masterpiece!

    Dates: 7th April 2017 (Cambridge)
    Age: 8-16 years
    Level: Level 1This is an introductory course and is suitable for anyone above the age of 8 or above to try, these courses will provide a good starting platform for developing tech skills.
    Type: Holiday Camp
    Duration: 1 Day Camp
    City: Cambridge

    £95

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  • Pygame Zero

    Python is one of the most versatile programming languages in the world today, and those who know it can do amazing things. From making web-servers, to running embedded technology, to powering the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, to writing mods for Minecraft, Python is everywhere! Come with HackLab as we show you how to use the shiny new Pygame Zero - a layer specially created for students new to Python Programming, allowing us to quickly and easily code our own simple games!

    Dates: 10 - 11 April 2017 (Cambridge)
    Age: 8-16 years
    Level: Level 2This is an intermediate course and is only recommended for children who have completed 3 or more Level 1 courses in the chosen discipline (Coding, Digital Arts .. etc.). These courses take a more in depth look at the software/tools used and require sstudents to have a basic knowledge of them before attending. Experience with general computer literacy students should be able to type confidently and navigate around the operating system unsupervised.
    Type: Holiday Camp
    Duration: 2 Day Camp
    City: Cambridge

    £185 - £215

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  • Intro to 3D Printing & Design

    3D Printing is an amazing breakthrough in manufacturing and prototyping, and it’s only getting better every day. Think about it: the International Space Station has a 3D printer now, so that instead of having to send a piece of equipment up on the next rocket (which costs millions of pounds), NASA just have to email it to them! Incredible! We’re going to get you set up on TinkerCAD, an online design program that is intuitive to use, friendly for all and supports any 3D printer on the market.

    Dates: 1st - 2nd June 2017 (Cambridge)
    Age: 8-16 years
    Level: Level 1This is an introductory course and is suitable for anyone above the age of 8 or above to try, these courses will provide a good starting platform for developing tech skills.
    Type: Holiday Camp
    Duration: 2 Day Camp
    City: Cambridge

    £185 - £215

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  • 8-Bit Art Attack

    Want to be able to create awesome, upbeat and fun game art to use in your 2D games, Scratch projects and animations? This is the course for you! Come with HackLab as we take two days to show you how to create the retro-look 8-Bit artwork prevalent in so many classic arcade games. We'll help you to create a game-ready sprite sheet filled with different images you can embed into any digital project to make it look rad!

    Dates: 30th - 31st May 2017 (Cambridge)
    Age: 8-16 years
    Level: Level 1This is an introductory course and is suitable for anyone above the age of 8 or above to try, these courses will provide a good starting platform for developing tech skills.
    Type: Holiday Camp
    Duration: 2 Day Camp
    City: Cambridge

    £185

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  • Minecraft Maestro

    Much has been made of the ability to mod Minecraft using the Python API, but did you know that the inimitable Dr. Sam Aaron has added the same functionality to Sonic-Pi?! Come along for our new one day workshop which will show you how to bend the rules of the Minecraft Universe while coding fat beats at the same time! Haven’t you always wanted a driving soundtrack to accompany your Minecraft gaming? Now you can change the rules of the Minecraft world in time to the music you compose using Ruby!

    Dates: 6th April 2017 (Cambridge)
    Age: 8-16 years
    Level: All
    Type: Holiday Camp
    Duration: 1 Day Camp
    City: Cambridge

    £95

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