Fire Tech Camp creates a bespoke international programme for the Kusuma Trust in Gibraltar.

The Fire Tech Camp and Kusuma Trust initiative is a pilot scheme which the Kusuma Trust Gibraltar along with the Department of Education would like to extend to more students over the coming years, in order to encourage young students to learn more about computing and coding.

The programme will contextualise robotics within the computing curriculum and within 21st-century industry, introducing local children to the tech world by teaching inventive skills and making tech knowledge and the latest kit more readily available. As with all Fire Tech Camp courses, the goal is to get young people to create with – rather than simply consume – technology, and, with that in mind, the workshops have been designed to give young people inspiration, support and the tools to become self-motivated tech learners and explorers.

The pupils of Notre Dame First School were the first to be plunged in to the world of Makey Makeys and Scratch (a free visual programming language created with kids in mind).  They spent the morning making music out of bananas and apples – connecting up a circuit and making musical sounds at the touch of an apple !

Kusuma’s goal is to get young people coding, making and engineering with technology. Teachers and pupils found the classes fascinating and we hope that next year we can roll this out to a national level.