In the Know – Activities for National Coding Week!

In the Know – Activities for National Coding Week!

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National Coding Week is taking place from Monday 16th September to Sunday 22nd September. It is the perfect opportunity for young people to immerse themselves in the fascinating world of coding and computer science! In this week’s newsletter, we have a few coding-related activities and resources that will have them building new skills, exploring new careers, and having loads of fun while learning.

Game Design Workshops
SAE Creative Media Institute is running two free game design workshops for young people between the ages of 16 and 18. The first workshop will be taking place on Tuesday 17th September and will teach attendees how to make a mobile game with Unity. The second workshop, taking place on Thursday 19th September, will teach attendees how to make a 2D game in 10 easy steps. Both workshops will be taking place from 6.30pm at their SAE London campus. Find out more here

Python Coding Workshop
The Software Academy is running a free Python coding workshop for young people between the ages of 11 and 16. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of coding using Python, one of the world’s most famous coding languages that’s gaining more popularity every day. It will be delivered in a fully-equipped computer lab, geared by industry level hardware and software, on Sunday 22nd September from 1pm. Find out more here.

Grasshopper App
Grasshopper makes learning coding easy with this easy-to-use app! Created by a team of passionate coders from Google’s workshop for experimental products, this app was created to make it possible for everyone to learn coding. The app offers fun, quick lessons that teach young people how to write real JavaScript. As you develop your abilities, you move through progressively challenging levels, and by the final level, you graduate with fundamental programming skills for your next step as a coder. This free app is available for both Apple and Android devices.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Learn new digital and media skills!

In the Know – Learn new digital and media skills!

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According to the Digital Marketing Institute, companies across all industries have digitized their operations and processes. This means that jobseekers require specialised digital and media skills such as content and video production to help them stand out from the crowd. Here are a few upcoming activities that will help your child improve their digital and media skills. 

Stop-Motion Animation Workshop
Chocolate Films Workshops, a social enterprise film production company, are running free filmmaking workshops in stop-motion animation for young people from 11 to 16. Attendees will be trained by professional filmmakers using professional filmmaking equipment in story development, craft making, animating and editing the animation film. This workshop is taking place on Thursday 29th August 2019 at the Tachbrook Social Club in Westminster. Find out more here

Music Production Workshop
Peabody Young People Services is running a free music production and spoken word workshop for young people between the ages of 11 to 18. Young people will learn how to express themselves in a new way through music, while also learning new skills to produce their own track! The workshop is taking place on Tuesday 27th August 2019 at the Fulham Palace Road Community Centre. Find out more here

Photography Workshop
Park Cameras is running a free photography workshop with award-winning photographer, Hannah Couzens. During the workshop, Hannah will describe the stories behind a whole range of different portrait shots to help inspire your child and provide some tips & tricks that they can take away to try out themselves. This workshop is suitable for young people aged 16 to 18 and will be taking place on Friday 30th August 2019 at the Park Cameras London Store. Find out more here

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Tech events this Summer!

In the Know – Tech events this Summer!

In The Know What's new?

According to Tech Nation’s 2018 report, the tech industry is expanding 2.6 times faster than the rest of the UK economy. As this industry continues to grow, it offers many exciting career prospects for your child. Here are a few upcoming activities that will help your child to learn more about tech and develop their digital skills.

Digital Maker Day
Woking Library is running a free digital making workshop for young people between the ages of 11-12. This event will introduce them to fascinating tech tools that they can use to explore their creativity and develop their digital skills. They will also learn more about coding, electronics and physical computing. The workshop is taking place on Saturday 17th August from 10.30am. Find out more here.  

Pi-Top Taster Week
The award-winning creative design company, Pi-Top, is running a free taster week for young people between the ages of 11-17. Using the latest technology, young people will take part in a range of fun tech activities, from making an intruder alarm to designing digital musical instruments. They will also learn more about automation, AI and various tech careers. This event is taking place from Monday 19th August to Friday 23rd August. Find out more here

Discovery Coding
Discovery with Three and Kensington Central Library are running a free workshop to help young people to develop their coding skills and learn more about mobile technology. Suitable for young people between the ages of 11-12, this event will teach them how to use block coding to build a basic game and add some characters. The workshop is taking place on Friday 16th August from 2.30pm. Find out more here

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – STEM events this Summer!

In the Know – STEM events this Summer!

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After all the exams and assignments, we’re sure your child is looking forward to having a great summer filled with fun activities. Summer is also a great time to learn something new, so here are a few more fun activities that they can fit in that will have them exploring the world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival at Imperial College
The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free 3-day celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration. Institutions on and around Exhibition Road collaborate to bring together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances for the whole family. Festival activities will take place on and around Exhibition Road in South Kensington on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June from 11am to 5pm. Find out more here.

Into Space
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings, Kevin Fong returns to the Royal Institution, to take us on a journey from planet Earth to low orbit and beyond. He’ll also explore human survival against all the odds by discussing how to survive in space. The event is suitable for 12-18 year olds and will be taking place on Monday 22nd July from 6pm. Find out more here.

Mega Maker Lab
The Institute of Imagination is running a summer exhibition dedicated to invention and innovation, where young people aged 11-12 can tinker, experiment and be inspired by science and technology. There are five creative zones to explore that are designed to inspire creativity, invention, and making. The exhibition begins on Thursday 1st August at The Workshop in Lambeth. Tickets cost £5 with discounts available. Find out more here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Bring the fun back into learning!

In the Know – Bring the fun back into learning!

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We hope you had a great half-term break? In the spirit of getting back into the groove of things, this week we’re bringing the fun back into learning! With this week’s activities, your child will discover what they love about the subjects they take. Use these activities to reignite your child’s passion for school and remind them that education has a fun side!

Raspberry Coding Jam
The Pi Jam presents an exciting day of coding workshops, interesting talks and fun activities at their All London Raspberry event. This event is ideal for young people aged 11-16 who want to learn more about technology, programming and coding. This free event will cover Python, machine learning and Microbit as well as Scratch and programming activities. This event filled with coding fun will be on Saturday 8th June at The Microsoft Reactor London. Register your interest here.

The Saturday Club Summer Show!
This free event celebrates pushing the boundaries of creative education! The National Saturday Club Summer Show will be an exhibition of the research work of their 13-16 year old members. Their work will cover a wide range of subjects such as Fashion, Business, Science and Engineering. This is a great way to inspire your child to get excited and develop a passion for their school subjects. The event will take place from Saturday 8th June at Somerset House. Find out more here.

Rise of the Machines!
Be sure to take your child down to the Barbican Center for a day filled with activities to get your child thinking about technology that goes beyond their mobile phone! This event is free for 11-14 year olds and will include engaging, interactive activities such as driving a virtual sports car and creating images with a big screen robot that mimics your gestures. Find out more about this exciting event here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Tools for Tech Success!

In the Know – Tools for Tech Success!

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This week’s activities offer some fun ways for your child to delve into the world of technology. With young people being the most active users of information and communication technology, having the right skills and being able to utilise technology is increasingly important. These activities offer ideal opportunities for your child to gain and improve their tech skills.

Calling all girls into coding!
Girls Into Coding is hosting this exciting event for girls aged 11 – 14 to inspire and encourage girls to get involved in tech. This free event will take place on Sunday 28th April at the Microsoft Reactor in London. It will include 3 interactive workshops that your girls can choose from such as building their own Robot or Micro Pet! Find out more here.

Tech with a twist!
Taking place at Somerset House on Sunday 28th April, this workshop will explore the application of coding to the natural world. This participatory workshop, run by artists Kasia Molga and Scanner, will allow young people to discover how digital technology connects to the soil and learn about natural living technology such as earthworms. This tech event with a twist is free and ideal for young people aged 14-18. Find out more here.

Khan Academy!
Khan Academy is an interactive online tool that teaches coding fundamentals using JavaScript and ProcessingJS. Your child can learn how to create animation, games, and drawings through programming. They’ll also learn how to make web pages using HTML and CSS. This website with its simple to use interface is ideal for 14 – 18 year olds. Go here to get started on your coding journey.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Create your world with STEM!

In the Know – Create your world with STEM!

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The creative side of science, technology, engineering and maths is a fascinating topic for young people to explore. This week’s activities will allow them to interact with the creative side of STEM while also learning useful skills that they apply to their own creations. Don’t miss out!

Engineer your future
This week the Science Museum wants your child to be inspired to imagine and create their own world with their interactive engineering exhibitions. This event is aimed at developing your child’s problem-solving skills and giving your 11-15-year-olds an insight into what engineers do. This free interactive gallery will also let your child design, build and create! Find out more here.

Making Mang
This weekend’s digital workshop taking place at the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre is an ideal treat for young people that love comics and animation. Artistic young people will be able to improve their animation and digital skills and create their own manga comic at this free event. Find out more about this event ideal for 11-14-year-olds and book your child’s place here.

Virtual Playground
The Virtual Playground exhibition will be hosting an exciting day for young coders with their Kids Coding workshop. The workshop will include teaching your child how to make their own video game and learning the fundamentals of video game coding. This free event is ideal for young coders aged between 11-13 years old. It will be taking place at the Anise Gallery on Saturday 13th April – register your interest and find out more here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit social enterprise and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

Are young people growing addicted to technology?

Are young people growing addicted to technology?

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We live in the information age. Every answer you need is a click away and most children know this by age five. In fact, most children have handled a smartphone by the age of two. It is often thought of as cute, as an indication of how smart they are that they can navigate technology so young; but is this leading to a generation of technology addicts?

Oxford University reported in 2017 that the perception that kids are becoming addicted to technology is untrue. Their study found that despite increased screen time, children are spending their other time doing a variety of other activities. Whether this is true for all children though is unknown.

Education Technology reported on a national pupil survey conducted by education technology association, Naace and Catshills Learning Partnerships, which revealed that 60% of four to five-year-olds are using tablets to get online. They may be using it to access their favourite shows online, but, that is a large percentage of young kids with access to unfiltered content. However, with the current trend of using technology in schools every day in the form of interactive boards, learning videos and online teaching; how do we gauge the effects technology has on our children?

Listed below are the potentially harmful effects of children being addicted to technology and some practical points to help parents avoid possible addiction.

Lack of social interaction
Being constantly exposed to technology can lead to children losing their social skills. They are so used to interacting via gaming platforms or social media that speaking face to face becomes an unusual situation. Younger kids may even seek technology as an escape from physically playing outdoors with other kids. Later on in life, this may lead to them having difficulty with communicating well with others. This will increase the risk of problems at school, in university and ultimately hinder their progress into the working world where interaction is often key.

Decreased emotional intelligence
With a decrease in physical interaction from excessive technology use, children’s ability to navigate emotions is also affected. They do not understand how to gauge emotional changes in others and often lack empathy. This is largely due to the fact that they are often so engrossed in a device that they fail to observe changes in people and their surroundings.

Impatience
Constantly having the power of the internet at your fingertips often results in children not understanding the concept of patience. As they are used to everything being a Google search away, they cannot grasp the concept of research and summarising. Also, parents of toddlers often struggle with their kids not being able to watch their cartoons on television due to advertisement breaks.  A smart TV can stream endless videos on YouTube. This leads to an “I can’t wait, I want it now” mentality.

Online personas and insecurity
According to Public Health England, extended screen use correlates to emotional distress, anxiety and depression in young people. Teens in particular, struggle with insecurity due to social media. At this age, they are extremely sensitive to what others think of them. With it being so easy for others to comment on a picture or status, teenagers also suffer greatly when it comes to cyber-bullying. On the flip side to insecurity, social media also sometimes leads to vanity and the upkeep of an online persona. The pressures of this can endanger a sensitive young person’s mental health.

Security risk
Young people are very impressionable and naïve. It is how they are meant to be before life experiences shape their character and opinions. However, with the introduction of technology, they can be easily manipulated by negative peer groups or online predators unknowingly. Privacy of accounts and devices are often ignored. In fact, most children can easily be traced via their social accounts or a mobile device when the location is enabled.

Decreased physical activity and obesity
With more time being spent on technology, there is less time being spent on physical and outdoor activities. Young people would often prefer spending time indoors on their phones or playing video games than going outside or playing sport. This leads to an increased risk of childhood obesity, even more so when paired with the high-sugar diet most young people have these days.

So, what can you as a parent do to avoid technology addiction if you notice any of these behaviours in your child?

“Become one with the matrix”
Make sure that you know how to handle the devices you have and your child is exposed to and that you know how your child is utilising technology. If you keep up with technology, it will be easier to navigate your child’s experience of it. Devices used at school are often restricted with regards to which sites are accessible so you can do the same at home.

“Moderation is key”
Technology cannot be avoided, so instead of fearing technology, introduce your child to it in small quantities. Do not allow them to become dependent on it, but rather encourage its usage to build skills. It can also be used for fun, but only for an allocated time period.

“With great power, comes great responsibility”
As parents, you need to teach your child from an early age to use technology responsibly. From being responsible with how much time is spent using technology to how to be safe online, it is important for you to discuss the best methods for managing technology use with your child. It is also important for you to be the example in your household and to also manage your own time spent on technology so that they can see how technology is used responsibly.

Technology is not to be feared, it just needs to be understood. The sooner that we realise this and are able to identify the pros and cons involved, the sooner we can use it to the best of our ability. We at GT Scholars promote the responsible use of technology in our tutoring sessions. In addition to this, we also teach young people these pros and cons so that they are able to identify and rectify their technology usage if needed. Contact us to find out more.

In the Know – The Future is Now!

In the Know – The Future is Now!

In The Know What's new? Young people

Have you noticed how technology has become a part of our everyday lives? What was once thought to be futuristic is now a possibility. This opens a whole new door of exciting opportunities that young people can explore. This week we have three events which give young people a chance to explore technology at its best!

V&A Create! Video game Design
Especially for the gamers, the V&A brings you a workshop for young people aged 13-15 interested in video game design. Young people will get to work with the V&A’s Videogames Artist in Residency, Matteo Menapace, and create and capture new ideas for a videogame. This is an excellent opportunity for those who want to gain insight into all the aspects of game design. To find out more, click here.

Rolls Royce and The Institute of Imagination
Bookings are now open for Lab Life: Pioneering the Power That Matters. This family event will give everyone the opportunity to explore invention, prototyping, electrification and power. The day aims to inspire new generations about the challenges and possibilities presented by our future energy demands, as well as introduce the role that electrification can play. To book tickets, click here.

3D Printing Workshop
S.T.E.A.M POWER is an organisation that facilitates workshops in STEM to children aged 8 to 16. This particular workshop teaches young people how to use the computer program which controls the 3D printer. Young people will be able to design and print their very own unique pen with the help of skilled volunteers. Best of all, they get to keep their specially designed pen! To find out more, click here.

GT Scholars is a not-for-profit organisation and registered charity. We run after-school and weekend programmes that help young people achieve their academic and career aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-18. Contact us if you would like to know more about any of our programmes and courses.

In the Know – Exciting STEM opportunities!

In the Know – Exciting STEM opportunities!

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Science, technology, engineering and mathematics offer fascinating learning experiences and rewarding career opportunities. In fact, STEM jobs are expected to grow at double the rate of other occupations creating 142,000 jobs between now and 2023, according to a report published by the Social Market Foundation and EDF. Here are three exciting opportunities for young people interested in learning more about STEM.

Routes into STEM
These innovative 3-day non-residential courses are focused on helping young people in Years 9 and 10 know more about the rewarding and challenging careers Maths and Science subjects can lead to. You will also get to engage with a college, a university and a company to compare routes into STEM careers and visualise your dream career and how to make it happen. Applications are currently open and there are bursaries available. Find out more here.

She Does Biomaths Competition
To celebrate the Year of Mathematical Biology, the University of Cambridge Newnham College and Lucy Cavendish College are inviting female GCSE students and to explore some of the intriguing connections between mathematics and the biological sciences. The competition is open to girls studying at a standard age UK state school who are starting Year 11 or Year 12 in September 2018, and there are two projects that they can choose from. Applications are open now and you can find out more here.

Inspire Courses
The Engineering Development Trust offers courses for young people in Year 11 who have a passion for STEM to be inspired at a leading UK university. During the course, you will be introduced to engineering or science through project work and workshops to give you a flavour of what to expect at university, and you will get to meet engineers, scientists, researchers and professionals. There are non-residential and residential options available, with bursaries also available. Applications are still open and you can find out more here.

GT Scholars offers after-school programmes that focus on social mobility, growth mindset and helping young people to achieve their aspirations. Our programmes include tutoring, mentoring and enrichment sessions for young people aged 11-16. If you would like to know more, please contact us here.