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Kids Hacker Camp

iHub Robotics By Angela Okune / July 21, 2014

August Kids Hacker Camp: Maker-Breaker Day

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By Wachira Ndaiga

Kids Hacker Camp is a week-long camp hosted at *iHub_ – Nairobi’s Innovation Hub for the technology community. The camp is aimed at kids and teens aged 7 – 18 years, who are drawn to and interested in crafting, hacking, discovering and tinkering. The camp is envisioned and designed to provide an engaging platform on which children and teens can interactively learn, explore and build; spurring them to understand the world around them, analogue and digital. This exposure and tutelage will then go on to help them build skills in design/creativity, critical & systems thinking, collaboration and self-confidence.

This edition of the Kids Hacker Camp focuses on System Thinking through Physical Computing. We believe that an understanding of how different agents within the environment interact will go a long way in helping the students learn about the world around them (science). The physical computing plugs-in to provide them with an avenue to understand how one can purposefully interact with this environment for desired outputs, i.e. using hardware to sense, compute & actuate.

The Camp will run from the 18th to the 22nd of August, with a showcase held on the 23rd of August (Saturday).

New to this edition, we will be holding our first ‘Maker-Breaker Day’ on the 9th of August from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. during which the kids’ interests will be identified and their capabilities assessed. The students will thereafter be tentatively grouped in four categories – Gaming, Electronics, Programming and Crafting. This will be done in an effort to initially encourage growth in their personal areas of interest, gradually building off of these into new topical areas. The ‘Maker-Breaker Day’ is a free, requisite event for the kids who will take part in the August Kids Hacker Camp. All student participants will be required to carry packed lunch and snacks for the Maker-Breaker day. To register your child for The Kids Hacker Camp: Maker-Breaker Day and the following Kids Hacker Camp: Maker Week, please visit and fill in this online registration form.

If you would like additional information, feel free to contact us at rnd[at]ihub.co.ke.

 

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Author : Angela Okune

Angela is Research Lead at iHub. She is keen on growing knowledge on the uptake and utility of ICTs in East Africa. She is also co-lead of Waza Experience, an iHub community initiative aimed at prompting under-privileged children to explore innovation and entrepreneurship concepts grounded in real-world experience.


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  • Gabriel Saka at 13:09:10PM Monday, July 21, 2014

    Hi,

    I would like to register Billy Mango and Alicia Adhiambo for the Kids Hacker Camp. They are 14 and 13 respectively.

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  • DERRICK NDAIRE at 10:04:59AM Thursday, July 31, 2014

    hi is this event closed to those above 18 ?

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  • Donald Deya at 21:03:57PM Saturday, August 16, 2014

    I am a Kenyan who lives and works in Arusha, with frequent stays in Nairobi. I have just learnt about your Hacker Camp from my niece, Flora Mutesi Mutimba, who is coming for it. My sons, Hawi (12 years) and Aleeke (9) years, students at Braeburn School Arusha, are in Nairobi for the holidays. Is it possible for them to join the camp? They both like computers and gaming very much, but we dont have this kind of Kids’ Hacker Camp activities in Arusha.

    Don Deya
    +254 729 923 608
    +255 787 066 888

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  • Angela Okune at 09:16:13AM Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Hi Donald,

    Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately, this August camp is already closed for new students but we will add you to our mailing list and inform you when registration for the November camp is open.

    Thanks,
    Angela

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  • Angela Okune at 09:17:16AM Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Hi Derrick,

    Unfortunately, yes, at this time, we cap the age at 18 years.

    Cheers,
    Angela

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