Code camp at Blue Mountains Grammar School

Kids are building their own apps these school holidays.

Primary school aged children in the Blue Mountains and surrounding areas will choose to spend the holidays creating their own apps. 

Code Camp is running a two-day spark camp at Blue Mountains Grammar School n Wentworth Falls.

Kids as young as five will learn how to code and build their very own computer game and apps.

Code Camp was founded in 2013 where eight kids attended its first camp.

Just five years later, Code Camp has had 45,000 kids attend a camp across 200 schools in Australia and is expecting more than 5000 enrolments in these school holidays alone.

After the two-day camp, students will have their own app to show family and friends and access to Code Camp World, the platform they used to create the app so that they can further their coding skills at home.

The camp will run for two days from January 14 to 15 and costs $239.

Eleven-year-old Sarah Yep attended her first camp when she was nine and continued using her coding skills at home to develop a beach safety app, helping people to learn about the dangers of swimming at the beach, which sparked the interest of Surf Life Saving Australia.

Code Camp chief operating officer, Hayley Markham is a mum of three and said they had seen an “increase in the number of enrolments in our camps as parents are beginning to realise that coding is an important skill to equip their children with to provide them with more opportunities in the future”.

Code Camp offers different levels for children of all abilities.

The most advanced levels are for kids who’ve attended previous camps where they will create a game using world-first 3D technology, in augmented reality programmed in 3D using pure JavaScript.

These summer holidays the camp will launch their Web Hackers workshop where kids as young as seven will code their own website.

Fellow co-founders, Ben Levi, Peter Neill and Dan Zwolenski, are all from Sydney and are excited by how they can help schools integrate coding into the classroom.

“Digital technologies are now a compulsory part of the national school curriculum,” said Code Camp's chief technology officer, Dan Zwolenski.

“Schools are having to adopt new programs related to coding into their lesson plans.

“There has been a big surge in teachers taking our professional development courses so that they’re equipped to teach these new subjects to students.”

Find more information about Code Camp these school holidays at www.codecamp.com.au