Code Camp offering 3D app design courses during July school holidays

Code Camp’s Mary Hall with Sarah Yep (9).
Code Camp’s Mary Hall with Sarah Yep (9).

CHILDREN will have an opportunity to learn to create and code apps in camps running across Perth during the next school holidays.

In an Australian first, Code Camp will expand its program to include a 3D coding platform during the July holidays.

During the three-day camps, children aged nine to 13 can learn to code an app in 3D using pure JavaScript.

Chief operating officer Hayley Markham said the program encouraged children to use their creativity to build apps rather than being consumers of them.

“We are very excited to be the first company in the world to offer such an innovative program,” she said.

Taylah Bates with Eilish Boyack.

A team of 20 computer engineers and programmers have been developing the Blast 3D program for more than 12 months to make it accessible and easy to use for eight to 12-year-olds.

“We wanted to make the program as easy to use as possible but also maintain important elements of JavaScript coding language so that the kids are learning important coding skills,” chief technology officer Dan Zwolenski said.

Gabrielle McHugh (11) was one of the first to trial the program, which she said was “awesome”.

“The way the characters can be rotated, the graphics just look so real,” she said.

“I’ve completed two other Code Camps in 2D using block code, and now it’s great to learn how to use line coding in 3D.”

Mrs Markham said there was increasing interest from girls wanting to learn how to code.

“Computer engineering is still a male-dominated industry with three out of five computer engineers being male,” she said.

“However, we’ve seen an increase in the number of girls attending our camps, and they’re coming up with some amazing ideas.”

After attending a camp, Sarah Yep (9)developed a beach safety app, helping people to learn about the dangers of swimming at the beach.

About 5000 primary school aged children across Australia will spend the winter holidays creating apps.

Blast 3D camps will be held at Penrhos College, Hale School, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School and All Saints College.

Other coding camps are planned at Quinns Baptist College, Carmel Primary School, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls and Wesley College.

For more information, visit www.codecamp.com.au