Courses for 9-17 Year Olds

Courses for 9-17 Year Olds

Fire Tech Camp in the News

Fire Tech Camp in the News

Now Booking Oct and Dec 2014 Courses

Now Booking Oct and Dec 2014 Courses


Teaching kids and teens how to develop video games, mobile apps, robotics and more.

Fire Tech Camp offers short courses for ages 9-17 - getting the next generation of developers coding and creating. Learn real coding languages and techniques as used by the pros!

Abuse in sport


Child Protection in Sport Unit –


A mobile app to provide information to young people about safeguarding in sport. Ideally this could be customisable for different sports, for example:

A similar app developed for sports organisations can be found here -

UK based
Young people in sport
Opportunity to customise the app to be sport specific



The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales. In Scotland there is a similar partnership between Children 1st and sportscotland.

The Unit was founded in 2001 to work with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and other organisations to help them put safeguards in place to minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities.

The CPSU works to help achieve the NSPCC mission to end child abuse.




Child Protection in Sport Unit

The Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) is a partnership between the NSPCC, Sport England, Sport Northern Ireland and Sport Wales. In Scotland there is a similar partnership between Children 1st and sportscotland.

The Unit was founded in 2001 to work with UK Sports Councils, National Governing Bodies (NGBs), County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) and other organisations to help them minimise the risk of child abuse during sporting activities.

The CPSU works to help achieve the NSPCC mission to end child abuse.

The RFL (Rugby Football League) is the National Governing Body for Rugby League in England.
The welfare of children within Rugby League is paramount and the RFL are committed to ensuring the correct policies are adhered to within the game. The RFL Safeguarding team support all clubs to ensure that best practice is followed at all times and have a network of Club Welfare Officers to provide safeguarding support at a local level.

The FA
The Football Association (The FA) is the National Governing Body for Football in England.

The FA works at every level of the game and in partnership with the Premier League and the Football League to ensure children and young people are safe and enjoy the game.

The FA has a network of approximately 10.000 volunteer welfare officers in clubs and leagues with youth teams. Part of their role is to listen to children and young people’s concerns and act upon them. This network is supported by 50 paid County Football Association Welfare Officers who support the volunteers and anyone else who has a concern about a child or young person.

The FA’s National Game Youth Council is actively helping to build a network of committees and forums across England to ensure that the voice of children and young people can help to develop the game and to ensure football is both safe and fun.



Sport specific safeguarding links and information about who can support you can be found on the CPSU website



3 Gilmour Close
Leicester LE4 1EZ
0116 234 7278

RFL Safeguarding Team
Colette Eden - Lead Safeguarding Officer
Tel: 0113 237 5046; 07595 520610

Emma Rosewarne - Safeguarding Officer
Tel: 0113 237 5013; 07850 483736

The FA

ECP Department
The FA
Wembley Stadium
PO Box 1966



Making Friends



About Friendshp:    

Teenage friends in park

What does being a friend mean?
You will make lots of different kinds of friends in your life. Some friends you might know for only a short time and some you may know for your whole life. They are all important and can make a real difference to you. Friends are different from people like family or classmates, because you choose who you are friends with, and they choose you.
Being a friend can mean different things. Sometimes we need someone to have fun with, but sometimes we need a friend to support us and help us through a tough time.
Friends should:
• try to be supportive
• listen to you when you need to talk
• want to help you if they are able to
• not put you in danger
• include you in activities and conversations
• not put you down or bully you
• respect you - this should include respecting your religion and culture


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Losing the Plot - helping a friend

How to deal with bullies

Places to go with friends

Science museum - SW7 2DD
Natural History Museum - SW7 5BD

Friendship Questions

1. A good friend will:

Respect you
Lie to you
Leave you out of activities

2. If you are in trouble a good friend might:

Ignore the problem
Talk to you and try to help you
Spread rumours about you





Negative behaviour online


The Home Office
Emily Cherry - Crime Panel Member


As part of Norman Baker, Minister for Crime Prevention Expert Crime Panel, NSPCC is leading a project looking to inform young people, parents and professionals about the implications of negative behaviour online, the risks and consequences that exist in the law. Currently there is no clear, concise and accessible information in this area.

This is very much a work in progress, and will be completed at the end of the year. The session at CHI could help to start the development of a tool for young people using the information below.


Young people

Information Section


Home Office

Emily Cherry - Crime Panel Member

The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.

The Home Office is the lead government department for immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime, counter-terrorism and police.

We are responsible for:

Our priorities are to:


The session at CHI could help to start the development of a tool for young people. We have consulted with young people and they have told us that the things they are most concerned about negative behaviour online are (in order or severity)

  1. Threatening behaviour e.g. death threats
  2. Trolling
  3. Blackmail (including revenge porn)
  4. Cyberbullying
  5. Grooming online
  6. Fake Profiles
  7. Hacking accounts
  8. Tagging photos with defamatory or negative comments

In March 2014, the Minister for Crime Prevention set up a Crime Prevention Panel including representatives from academia, business and industry, policing and law enforcement and the voluntary sector to bring new thinking and fresh perspectives to issues around crime prevention.

Panel members were asked to consider the scope for further immediate activity to prevent and reduce crime. There are 9 projects the Panel has agreed, and negative behaviour of young people online is one of the projects.

Key outcomes / products
Publication of guidance: A document clearly mapping abusive online behaviours to the corresponding sanctions, with illustrative case studies.  (This information will be used to inform the Resource Pack for professionals – see below).
Publication of guidance: A short piece of behavioural insights-informed guidance on how anti-online bullying measures can be delivered for greatest behavioural impact.
Publication of guidance: Resource pack, for use by professionals working with young people which includes examples of engaging session plans, which clearly sets out what are abusive online behaviours and corresponding sanctions.(Will be built into existing This is Abuse campaign discussion guide). 

Audience questions:


Behaviour Criminal Consequence 
Making a credible death threat 10 years in Prison 


Cyberbullying: Writing messages with intent to cause distress or anxiety in a public place (eg Twitter) 6 months in prison£5000 fineOr both

If the messages are racial or religiously targeted the fines can increase to up to two years in prison


Putting people in fear of violence (cyberbullying) 6 months to 5 years in prison£5000 fine


Sending messages that are grossly offensive, menacing or indecent 6 months in prison

£5000 fine


Stalking someone online including excessive contact, loitering in places, pretenting to be that person, monitoring that persons use of communication, watching or spying on them


6 months in prison£5000 fine
Stalking someone and using fear of violence towards them.


12 months to 5 years in prison

£5000 fine


Trolling 6 months in prison

£5000 fine


Blackmail 14 years in prison
Sexting and Revenge Porn. It is an offence to take, make, publish or distribute an indecent photo of a child under the age of 18 6 months to 5 years in prison

Up to £5000 fine

Or Both

Grooming online; causing or ecnouraing a child under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activity online or meeting them in person after online contact 6 months to 14 years in prison (note if offender is under 18 the penalty is 5 years)

£5000 fine


Fake profiles; only illegal if someone is trying to deceive some for personal gain / fraud / harassment / intercepting someone esles messages / stalking 6 months to 10 years in prison£5000 fineOr Both
Hacking accounts 12 months to 5 years in prison£5000 fineOr Both
Tagging photos with defamatory or negative comments Can be same as cyberbullyingCould result in an award for victim in civil lawCopyright law may apply

Could be charged with contempt of court if commenting on criminals before a court appearance happens

If name a rape victim on social media its an offence under the Sexual Offences act 2003.


About Fire Tech Camp

What is Fire Tech Camp

Creativity. Innovation. Technology. Fire Tech Camp is bringing these together to empower your child with the skills and environment to build something amazing. Fire Tech Camp are London’s only tech daycamps, putting the power of technology into kids’ hands so that they can create their own games, design their own smartphone apps, and build robots to do their bidding! During school holiday periods children age 9 to 17 will spend five days at Imperial College or another great venue gaining great skills, and getting exposure to the inner workings of the games and tech world.  New for 2014 - we now also offer special one day events on Wearable Tech and Minecraft. Young people will make new friends, stretch their horizons, and enjoy the support of a world class team.

Find out more:

Our Courses for 9-17 year olds

Kids and Teens Learn Tech Skills in London

Our flagship location is Imperial College, London

Imperial College is the flagship location for Fire Tech Camps. Imperial College is consistently ranked top university in London, with a reputation for excellence in science-based subjects. Fire Tech Campers will in many cases be enjoying the use of Imperial’s excellent facilities, and in many cases will be supported by student instructors from top universities, including Imperial.  Not all camps are held at Imperial, so be sure to check the location of the camp you are booking!

16-20 December 2013 camps will be held at Imperial, as will our Sunday Series, starting 12 Jan 2014.  February half-term camps will be held at the Baden-Powell House, (65-67 Queen's Gate, London SW7 5JS).

(Note: Fire Tech Camp is not an Imperial College programme and we are not officially affiliated with Imperial College. )



Kids show their work to parents at Fire Tech camp

... and their parents

Fire Tech Camp provided my kids an experience to create a game and gave them a greater appreciation for what it takes to make the games they play.  I highly recommend the camp for any child who is interested in computer games.  I’ve already enrolled my children in the robotics summer camp.

A unique and inclusive learning experience across all ages.

Great initaitve.  Hope it takes off and accelerates.

Jill’s a wonderful, inspiring leader, determined that children should find the world of technology engaging and fun.  It was great to see the enthusiasm of her teaching team.  My children talked endlessly about their latest discoveries, Fire Tech definitely sold them on the idea that science is exciting and fun, something I would never have achieved alone.

Paying for three children to attend is slightly uncomfortable as the camp is not the cheapest option for holiday courses. HOWEVER, they all want to return (which is a first), they had a lot of fun and were inspired.  What you do that is so different from other camps is to treat them as young university students – my three are of an age where they are independent thinks an deasily feel indignant if treated as “children.” They are very lucky to be afforded the resect and the learning opportunities in a first class environment (I’m slightly jealous to be honest.)

My daughter continued working on her app for two hours more after she got home at 5 pm.  That’s how much she enjoyed it.

My son had a challenging and stimulating week designing his app under the guidance of the Fire Tech faculty, giving him a unique IT experience beyond the scope of the school curriculum.  Thank you!

Thank you for accommodating my son aged 11 years with special needs.  His passions are technology and engineering - we were honest with you about his difficulties and you did everything you could to make sure that he was settled, included and gained more than we could ever have hoped for in terms of learning and enjoyment.   Thank you for your positive and practical approach.  It is a very special feeling for a parent of a child whose life isn't straightforward to know that there are wonderful people in this world like you and your course tutors who will do all they can to reach out to the youngster and look forward with them to see what they can achieve.  Best wishes for your future courses.



You can see answers to our most frequently asked questions in our  FAQs

We are also happy to hear from you if you have any queries or need help with your booking.

Contact info
Jill Hodges, Founder
Telephone: +44.7798.928.057

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What are the instructors like?

Genevieve Smith-Nunes is the Head of Curricula Development and Training and she and her team will be overseeing all instruction. We are hiring Computer Science and Engineering students, mainly from Imperial College, to be Student Instructors to lead the small (usually 8 student) camper teams during the sessions.  They will all be trained, in person, by the Fire Tech Team in our curricula and policies.

What does a typical day at Fire Tech Camp look like?

Kids arrive between 8.30 and 9.15 – start the day with a warm-up activity and then start working on their projects.
Kids have a break for a snack in the morning,
More project work til lunch time - kids bring their own lunches.
Continue working in their small groups on individual projects in the afternoon. 60-90 minute break in the afternoon - games will be organised indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather.  Special speakers or excursions may be planned!
Kids keep working on their projects until pick-up time.
In addition to the rooms where the coding sessions take place, we have break-out rooms for snacks and indoor activities, and a dedicated lunch area for Fire Tech Camp.

Can you recommend accommodation near the campus as I’m coming from further afield and would like to stay nearby?

Imperial College has some summer accommodation options and the Meininger Hotel is a hostel in South Kensington that is clean, inexpensive and may be suitable for young people and families.



Do the kids need to bring any equipment?

Kids should bring headphones and can bring smartphones to class if they want to take photos or videos as content for their projects,  test their games or apps on their own device, and if they want us to help them load the game to the device (we will provide instructions for kids who prefer to do it themselves at home).  They should also bring a packed lunch - we'll provide snacks but if your child has serious allergies they probably want to bring their own.  We provide laptops for the classes for the younger students, but some of the teen-focused courses require a laptop, as we believe working on their own laptop and installing all the programmes there makes it more likely that they will be able to continue their work at home after the course.  If you are signing up for a teen class and do not have a laptop for your student, we can provide one although there is additional fee for us to rent that for you.

Do you offer shorter days?

In the summer, many of our classes run from 9 am to 5 pm.  Parents are welcome to pick kids up at any time that is convenient to them - we will ask you each morning what time you plan to pick them up so that we know if you are planning to come before 5 pm.  We have planned the camp with a longer day so that working parents will not need to arrange additional child-care.  We also find that the kids are quite happy to work on their core projects, plus their websites, Makey Makeys and other circuitry experiments, and other activities available to them throughout the afternoon.  (In fact, the challenge is getting them to shut things down!)  As the children's work is in most cases quite independent and the tuition is more or less one-on-one, it isn't a problem if you prefer that your child leave earlier in the day.  Just let us know!

We do have shorter formats during half-terms, and the teen courses also tend to be shorter hours (10 am to 3 pm) as we find that's usually a more suitable rhythm for them and their work.

Will my 9 year old be working with 17 year olds?

All of the courses are designed with a particular age range in mind and when we have enough demand for more than one tutor for a topic, we are able to split the group into narrow ages.  Usually the age span in a specific tutor's group is no more than 2-3 years.

What about disruptive kids?

It is very important to us that all of the campers have the opportunity to have fun and to get the most out of Fire Tech Camp.  Of course we know that kids can be playful and we want this to be a fun environment, very different from school.  We will do our best to engage kids who may find their attention wandering, who may be less keen on one particular activity, or who are due for a runaround outside.

We cannot, however, permit kids to disrupt the camp experience for other kids.  Tutors will first let the disruptive child know that their behaviour is not appropriate, and that it is hindering other kids from enjoying the programme.  If the problem persists it will escalate to the camp director, who will decide whether we need to call the parents.  Children who are destructive with our equipment or setting, or who prevent other kids from benefitting from the camp will be suspended or expelled from the programme.  Of course we would hate to have to do that, but it is important that we provide all of our campers and their families with a productive and safe environment.

How are the Student Instructors selected and trained?

We are recruiting computer science and engineering students from Imperial College and other universities to work with the kids on their projects as Student Instructors. They will go through 1-2 days of in-person training in the curriculum and in the pedagogy of teaching technology to kids. The student instructors will be supported in the camp sessions by our Head of Curricula Development and Training, who will lead the training team and supervise all instruction.

How can I be sure that my kids leave the campus with the right person?

During camp registration, parents will indicate who is authorised to pick up the children. That person will need to show ID to sign the children out. Parents can modify the authorised person if necessary by getting in touch with Fire Tech Camps.

How many students per teacher?

We will have approximately eight students per instructor.

Is First Aid available at all times at the camp?

There will be a First Aid trained staff member in attendance at every camp session.

Will I get to see what my kids are doing?

Parents will have an opportunity to see their children’s projects and get to know their instructors on Friday afternoons, at the Grand Finale - details will be available in the information pack you will receive prior to coming to camp.

I really want to go to Fire Tech Camp but it’s simply too expensive for my family – are there any scholarships available?

We don’t want any child to be limited by their economic circumstances and we are raising corporate sponsorship that will enable us to offer a limited number of scholarships. Please email if you would like to apply for a scholarship.  More information on our scholarship program can be found here.

Is there a residential option for the camp?

Not for summer 2013 but in the works for summer 2014!

Can I cancel my course for a refund?

Unfortunately we cannot provide refunds, as we book classes and venues on a custom basis.  However, we are able to give you credit for a different course or date, if you cancel with six weeks advance notice.

In the unlikely event that Fire Tech Camp cancelled a course, we would offer refunds.