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New 'green' tech camp opens for children in Bristol

Published on Monday, 16th February 2015

Bristol 2015 is providing free hands-on tech skills for young people this Easter

The leading holiday tech camp provider for children and teens in the UK – Fire Tech Camp – has teamed up with Bristol 2015 Ltd to offer a series of new environmentally-focussed camps for kids in the local area during Easter half-term. 50% of the places available on the new four-day camp are fully funded by Bristol 2015 Ltd providing 12 local children with a complimentary place.

Supporting Bristol’s European Green Capital commitments, the new camp will show children how to code, build computer games and programme robots working around ‘green themes’ including renewable energy and green cities.

Fire Tech Camp provides technology and making workshops for young people across the UK. Hosted at Imperial College, London, with a regional base in Bristol, the team is working with like-minded thinkers in the local area to grow the base in the South West's leading tech city.

The new Greentech Camp runs from 7 -10 April 2015 at Bristol Grammar School. Taught by an army of experienced coders, programmers and university students, the course ensures that young people not only leave having learned new tech skills but gain experience in a fun, exciting environment. Fire Tech Camp hopes to offer the Greentech Camps in London, Manchester and Brighton in 2016.

The new Greentech Camp is split into three sub camps to cater for all ages and levels: Video Game design, Python Programming and Physical Computing with Arduino.

  • Video Game Design will see kids from the age of nine create original games with a focus on themes such as eco-friendly driving or saving energy
  • Older students, aged 14 and up, can either use Python - the coding language most widely taught in senior schools and universities - to tackle topical issues, or get stuck into electronics with an Arduino microcomputer. Campers on this stream will wire up temperature, light and heat sensors and programme robots to interact with the physical environment

Jill Hodges, founder of Fire Tech Camp commented: "We're hugely excited about being a part of the European Green Capital celebrations. When thinking about the future, you think of technology, the environment and the next generation. This event brings all three things together in a really fun and educational way. I'm always surprised and impressed by the flair and originality our campers show when working on their projects so I'm looking forward to seeing what they'll make of this green theme and the new directions it will take the courses in."

Sonny MaseroBristol 2015 International Green Technology Festival Advisor added:

“Green technology is at the forefront of conserving the natural environment – something that will have a profound effect on future generations. We are delighted to be supporting a dedicated Greentech Camp as part of Bristol 2015’s International Green Technology Festival – which includes funding half of the places to make the camp as accessible as possible – and we are looking forward to seeing what these future coders and programmers come up with.”

Greentech Camp runs from Tuesday 7 April to Friday 10 April at Bristol Grammar School. The camp costs £350 per student and participants can sign up for either Video Game Design, Python Programming or Physical Computing with Arduino. Advanced booking is required. The 12 scholarship places funded by Bristol 2015 are available via contacting direct for further details or complete an application on the website Terms and conditions apply.

For information regarding the full Fire Tech Camp 2015 programme, please visit