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May Tech Workshop 2017 - Website Creation

  • Ages 7-16  

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  o Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript

  o Plan and Design the Solution

  o Build the Solution

  o Share your Make!

Once again, we are pleased to be offering another tech workshop during the school holidays.  

The focus of this workshop, is to learn how to create a website. Young participants will be introduced to HTML and CSS and go on to develop a little JavaScript inclusion too!

HTML is the language that tells web browsers what to display and how it should be displayed.  CSS applies styles, making the page look more appealing; whilst this can be applied within a webpage, by applying this separately, a feeling of continuity can be achieved throughout a website.  Finally, JavaScript is a coding environment  that web browsers understand which enables interactive content, like buttons, animations and more.

These skills are all hugely beneficial in our current world.  By the end of the session, not only will youth participants have begun to develop their own website (building from a blank page upwards by using script and code) but they will also have the opportunity to begin to develop a website and contribute to the web using Wordpress an easy-to-use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) web environment that includes free content hosting (information twill be forwarded about action required , by a parent/guardian, efore the workshop).  

To book, simply scroll down to the PayPal add to basket

Day Date Time Activity Focus Location
Tues 30th May 1:45 - 4:00pm

Website Creator

HTML & CSS

Device Needed: PC or Mac 

Staplehurst - Village Ctr

During the activity, techies will be introduced to the software that they'll be using.   Techies will then work either independantly or collaboratively to apply gained knowledge, plan and build their creation.  

As well as the skills that are being directly taught, such as HTML, CSS etc... there will be opportunities to gain soft skills (team work, communication of ideas, mindmapping, collaboration etc...).

Participants should bring a laptop, if possible (if this is not possible, let us know, we have a small supply of our own).

As always we will endeavour to collect images and video across each session and share on the U Can Too Clubs facebook page (where permission is given), enabling children to proudly share their work with family and friends.

Book your place

Workshop
Your Child will need a Laptop
1st Child's Name & Age
2nd Child's Name & Age

What do I need to know?

Q: Where is the workshop?

A: We're back at Staplehurst Village Centre - South Hall, High St, Staplehurst, Tonbridge TN12 0BJ

The South Hall entrance is to the back of the building, there will be green arrows pointing the way.

Q: When can I arrive?

A:  We ask that you arrive no earlier than 1:40pm.  Before this we will be setting up, and it will be challenging for us to ensure that we are ready in time.

Q: What do I do if we arrive late?

A:  Of course sometimes uncontrollable circumstances get in the way and cause us to be late; if this does happen, please still come in, but you may need to wait a moment for us to find the best time to include your child.

Q: When should I collect my child(ren)?

A: Please collect your techies promptly at 4:00pm. 

Q: I'd like someone else to collect, is that possible. 

A: You must advise us if someone else will be collecting your child, or if your child is to walk home alone.

Please ensure that this is agreed with us in advance by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: What age-groups are invovled.

A: These workshops are aimed at ages 7-16. 

Q: What should my child bring?

A:  A laptop, with relevant software installed (advised in advance, where needed) and ability to connect to our Wireless Device. Also, please bring a drink, it's thirsty work!

Q: What software do I need to install before the workshop(s)?

A:  Please refer to the table below for links to the relevant software.

HTML & CSS  

None Required

Your techie will also need the ability to connect to the internet, please ensure that they have rights to add a wireless device which we will bring to enable this. If you don't have a laptop, let us know.

Q: Will there be more clubs?

A: We intend to run sessions during every school break 

Q: Can you tell me more about Arts Award?

A: From Easter 2017 we obtained the ability to include Arts Award accrediitation within some workshops.  The workshops themselves will be exactly the same for everyone, but there will be an opportunity to apply for a certificate at the end, should you wish to.  There is a fee for the certification, charged by Arts Award, the fee is dependant on the award level achieved.  In time, we would like to offer longer courses.  For such courses, achieveable Arts Award levels would be either Bronze or Silver (GCSE equivalent), possibly moving on to Gold, (A Level equivalent/16 UCAS Points).  Longer courses, would be completed over several sessions and will provide the opportunity for techies to apply for qualifications recognised by Higher Education and Further Education institutions as well as Employers.  I'm sure you can see the value in exploring these as much as we can.  

Q: Why Arts Award, isn't this a techology club?

A: It may come as a surprise at first to see that we are offering Arts Award certification.  What do art and technology have in common?  If you have a closer look at our workshops, you'll see that there is a lot of design, and creativity involved and it comes into play more than you might first think.  Creatvity is very important in the realms of technology and qe feel that the inclusion of Arts Award can really encourage and develop that creativity as well as nuturing many additional soft-skills which youth will find invaluable, not only in their education but also in employment.

Q: How will I know if a workshop includes the option of an Arts Award?

A: We will let you know if the workshop/course that you have booked on has an Arts Award associated with it. Please note, that whilst the Arts Award certificate does incur a separate fee, there is no expectation for you to apply for the certificate and not applying for the certificate will not affect the value of the workshop in any way.  If you have any questions relating to the Arts Award, please just let us know.

Useful to know:

Su Adams and Volunteer Mentors have DBS checks.

U Can Too holds public Liability Insurance.

Helen's coffee shop, the village shops and the library are all just a short walk away, for those who would like to stay local.

We are an inclusive club.  Everyone has a right to be involved, to join in and we all have something to offer as well as learn.  If you have concerns, or feel that your child would benefit from the club more if you provided extra information, then please get in touch.

U Can Too & Cedars Forest School often provide reciprocal support, so you may well see staff from U Can Too at Cedars Forest School or vice versa.  The two entities are also hoping to offer a collaborative day combining Tech and Outdoor Fun, so watch our events page here on our website or our facebook pages to keep up to date!  

Click here to find out more about Cedars Forest School

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Easter Tech Workshop

Easter Tech Workshops

April 2017

  • Ages 7-14  

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  o Learn the Tech

  o Plan and Design the Solution

  o Build the Solution

  o Test your Make!

Once again, we are pleased to be offering tech workshops during the school holidays.  This Easter we are adding a new location to our offering, so in addition to the usual Staplehurst workshops, we will be hosting a workshop in Cranbrook's Vestry Hall.

You will find all of our workshops in the list below, including the location and detail on the focus of the session.

Once you have decided on the workshop(s) that you would like to book, simply scroll down to the PayPal add to basket

Day Date Time Activity Focus Location
Tues 4th April 1:30 - 4:30pm

Animation:

Stop Motion & Green Screening

Device Needed: PC, Mac or iPad 

Staplehurst - Village Ctr
Weds 5th April 1:30 - 4:30pm

Crumble Controller:

Vehicles and Art

Device needed: PC, Mac or Linux 

Staplehurst - Village Ctr
Tues 11th April 1:30 - 4:30pm

Sphero:

Easter Egg Team Challenge

Device needed: None

Staplehurst - Village Ctr
Weds 12th April 2:00 - 5:00pm

BBC micro:bit:

Game Maker Recode 

Device needed: PC, Mac, Linux or iPad

Cranbrook - Vestry Hall 

During each activity, techies will be introduced to the software and hardware that they'll be using.  They will then apply gained knowledge to plan their solution, whether than be the story that they will tell through their animation, or a design in response to a given problem.  Techies will then work either independantly or collaboratively to make and build their creation.  

The Easter Egg Team Challenge, can only be completed as a team, whilst all other activities provide the choice for techies to work together or not.

As well as the skills that are being directly taught, such as circuits, or programming etc... there will be lots of opportunities to gain soft skills (team work, communication of ideas, mindmapping, collaboration etc...).

Participants should bring a laptop, if possible (if this is not possible, let us know, we have a small supply of our own).

Great News!  We are now also exploring the option of incorporating an Arts Award accreditation into one or more of the Easter workshops.  You'll find more information about this below.

As always we will endeavour to collect images and video across each session and share on the U Can Too Clubs facebook page (where permission is given), enabling children to proudly share their work with family and friends.

Book your place

Workshop (return to this page to add child/session to basket)
Each child will need a device
Enter Child's Name & Age

What do I need to know?

Q: Where is the workshop?

A: For Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Tuesday 11th, we're back at Staplehurst Village Centre - South Hall, High St, Staplehurst, Tonbridge TN12 0BJ

The South Hall entrance is to the back of the building, there will be green arrows pointing the way.

Whilst on Wednesday 12th, we're in a new location at Cranbrook's Vestry Hall.

Q: When can I arrive?

A:  We ask that you arrive no earlier than 1:25pm for the Staplehurst workshops and 1:55pm for Cranbrook.  Before this we will be setting up, and it will be challenging for us to ensure that we are ready in time.

Q: What do I do if we arrive late?

A:  Of course sometimes uncontrollable circumstances get in the way and cause us to be late; if this does happen, please still come in, but you may need to wait a moment for us to find the best time to include your child

Q: When should I collect my child(ren)?

A: Please collect your techies promptly at 4:30pm for Staplehurst and 5pm for Cranbrook. 

Q: I'd like someone else to collect, is that possible. 

A: You must advise us if someone else will be collecting your child, or if your child is to walk home alone.

Please ensure that this is agreed with us in advance by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: What age-groups are invovled.

A: These workshops are aimed at ages 7-14. 

Q: What should my child bring?

A:  A laptop, with relevant software installed and ability to connect to our Wireless Device. Also, please bring a drink, it's thirsty work!

Q: What software do I need to install before the workshop(s)?

A:  Please refer to the table below for links to the relevant software.

Zu3D for PC

http://zu3d.com/download/windows

7 Day Trial from date of first use

  for PC

http://zu3d.com/download/osx

7 Day Trial from date of first use

  for iPad

 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/zu3d/id775385887?mt=8

@ £9.99 plus the Green Screen in-app add-on @ £6.99

Crumble  

http://redfernelectronics.co.uk/crumble-software/

Free

Sphero  

None Required

BBC micro:bit     

None Required

Your techie will also need the ability to connect to the internet, please ensure that they have rights to add a wireless device which we will bring to enable this. If you don't have a laptop, let us know.

Q: Will there be more clubs?

A: We intend to run sessions during every school break 

Q: Can you tell me more about Arts Award?

A: From Easter 2017 we are hoping to be able to include either the Discover or Explore Arts Award within some workshops.  The workshops themselves will be exactly the same for everyone, but there will be an opportunity to apply for a certificate at the end, should you wish to.  There is a fee for the certification, charged by Arts Award, the fee is dependant on the award level achieved.  We are exploring this, as we would like to add value to longer courses, which we hope to offer.  For longer courses, achieveable levels would be either Bronze or Silver (GCSE equivalent), possibly moving on to Gold, (A Level equivalent/16 UCAS Points).  These longer courses, would be completed over several sessions and will provide the opportunity for techies to apply for qualifications recognised by Higher Education and Further Education institutions as well as Employers.  I'm sure you can see the value in exploring these as much as we can.  

Q: Why Arts Award, isn't this a techology club?

A: It may come as a surprise at first to see that we are offering Arts Award certification.  What do art and technology have in common?  If you have a closer look at our workshops, you'll see that there is a lot of design, and creativity involved and it comes into play more than you might first think.  Creatvity is very important in the realms of technology and qe feel that the inclusion of Arts Award can really encourage and develop that creativity as well as nuturing many additional soft-skills which youth will find invaluable, not only in their education but also in employment.

Q: How will I know if a workshop includes the option of an Arts Award?

A: We will let you know if the workshop/course that you have booked on has an Arts Award associated with it. Please note, that whilst the Arts Award certificate does incur a separate fee, there is no expectation for you to apply for the certificate and not applying for the certificate will not affect the value of the workshop in any way.  If you have any questions relating to the Arts Award, please just let us know.

Useful to know:

Su Adams and Volunteer Mentors have DBS checks

Helen's coffee shop, the village shops and the library are all just a short walk away, for those who would like to stay local.

We are an inclusive club.  Everyone has a right to be involved, to join in and we all have something to offer as well as learn.  If you have concerns, or feel that your child would benefit from the club more if you provided extra information, then please get in touch.

U Can Too & Cedars Forest School are also planning a collaborative day combining Tech and Outdoor Fun next year, so watch our events page here on our website or our facebook pages to keep up to date!  More dates will follow in the new year.

Click here to find out more about Cedars Forest School

 Have we forgotten something?

If you have any queries not covered above, please just email and let us know This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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