It’s almost school holidays again for the young ones – hasn’t term two just sped by? School holidays are a great time to introduce your kids to something new, while they have all the time to spend on it. There is a huge selection of school holiday programs out there, from sports programmes to music classes and everything in between.
If you want to help your child realise their creative potential, SCRATCHPAD offers a huge range of creativity lead courses that will benefit the developing brains at their young age, so that they can thrive in an increasingly creative world.
Learning how to code is at the core of anything creative in the 21st century. With this foundational coding for kids course, your child can unleash their potential to create anything from cool websites, to robots and so much more. Learning to code isn’t just about the end-product, these skills can teach kids valuable lessons about how to problem-solve using creative and logical methods. Problem-solving is intrinsic with creativity, so these skills are the key to unleashing creative potential.
If your child is into playing Minecraft, this is something that should be encouraged and nurtured. From the outside looking in, Minecraft can look like ‘just another game’ with no valuable skills to be learned from. However, nothing is farther than the truth! Kids tend to spend extensive amounts of time on Minecraft and it’s easy to miss the deep learning that they gain from this. Fact is, Minecraft helps kids develop creative thinking, mentally engaging themselves with the environment of the game which is constantly evolving at their fingertips!
Developing Minecraft mods is a way to take the game further as it creates many more opportunities to be creative on the platform. Some people go on to build huge worlds on Minecraft, from castles to entire kingdoms. This course teaches kids valuable coding skills in the frame of creating Minecraft mods to enhance their potential for creativity within the game, as well as their knowledge of coding systems which can then be translated to a huge range of platforms.
3D printing is proof that we are living in the future. If you could design and then print out any object you wanted at the click of a button, what would you print? Kids are bound to be fascinated by this sci-fi-esque art form and getting them involved is an excellent way to harness their creative potential.
The SCRATCHPAD 3D printing course teaches kids how to use important rendering tools needed to turn their creativity into real-life, three-dimensional things. This is a great opportunity for kids to be able to observe and be involved with the whole creative process from screen to real life, and learn valuable skills that can develop their imagination and innovation along the way.
Graphic design is the ideal combination of art and logic. It is all about how art is used to communicate messages, so it’s a valuable skill for any artistically-inclined child to be introduced to. It’s also an incredibly useful and transferrable skill used in a huge range of professions in the future such as advertising, marketing, and game development.
Introduction to Graphic Design is a great course for helping kids learn how to use important graphic art tools used by the professionals so that they can give life to their own creative projects.
Robots are nothing if not insanely cool – and learning the foundations of robot programming is key to figuring out how to make any robot you ever imagined. Kids can get creative to design and build robots using either Edison or MBot, getting hands-on experience while learning about programming, electronics and robotics. The process is full of logical problem solving and creative mathematics and so is incredibly stimulating for children’s developing brains.
Makey Makey & BBC Micro:bit are a great introduction for kids to learn about electronics and how to code a credit sized computer!
The Makey Makey is an electronic invention kit for all ages! The Makey Makey allows kids to take everyday objects and combine them with the internet. Using the alligator clips attached to any conductive material they can control the keyboard of their computer, such as the space bar, arrow keys and left click of the mouse.
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that lets kids get creative with digital technology. They learn to code, customize, and control their micro:bit from anywhere! They can use your micro:bit for all sorts of unique creations, from robots to musical instruments and more.
If you are looking for a way to unleash your child’s creativity these school holidays, these courses and more are available to register for now. Check out our list of school holiday programs before they book out!