Drone Crazy is possibly the first drone vacation tech workshop for primary and high school students from any of the coding education companies.
We will be building drones, learning about flying physics and learning how to fly, fix, maintain and extend them.
Drones can be purchased from us (extra to the course cost). This workshop will cater to Years 5-8+ (students going into year 5 and above in 2019)
Workshop length: 2 days (Racing drones is 1 day)
Our main purpose - to teach that learning can and should be fun!
Cost is $190 for the 2 day drones workshop and $150 for the racing drones workshop with an additional $5/day for a laptop. Group discount (2 or more people) is 15%
Nexgen Tech Meets are where the parents and children from the local community come together to learn. A 'community' could be a school, a church, a club or even a suburb. In Term 2 2018, we held our first Tech Meet series at St Luke's Junior School in Dee Why on the Northern Beaches. This was received very well and we are now looking forward to holding more in 2019 and beyond.
Tech Meets are for both children and parents. The emphasis is on spending quality time with your son/daughter, whilst encouraging the children to take responsibility for their own learning. They normally run for 1.5 hours in the evening, from 6pm-7:30pm - giving time for parents to come home from work a bit earlier and time to grab some dinner before the start.
Highlights of our Internet of Things/Robotics competition, held at Microsoft in Sydney last October. 5 High Schools from Sydney, Australia competed. Meriden Girls High School took out first prize. Technology on display was: Arduino, Microsoft Azure, PowerBI, Raspberrry Pi, Linux, Bluetooth, SSH, Software integration, Basic AI.
The event was a great success and we look forward to the next one.
Following the success of our IoT/Robotics event at Microsoft in Oct 2018, Nexgen are pleased to announce our 'Elite-IT Programme' for High School students in Years: 7-9.
The programme supports & extends the Australian Digital Curriculum and is intended to catapult students into the top band for IT Skills in NSW.
In the same vein as our IoT/Robotics event (see above), students will be introduced to the Internet of things (IoT), Cloud based tech, micro-controllers, coding and much more.
Students will be given a FREE mini-pc (originally purchased for $1k) at the start of the programme. They may keep this on condition that they complete the whole programme.
To be eligible, a student should:
The programme will run as an extracurricular activity with typically 5+ hours of study per week required. Sessions will typically be weekly - some online.
The program is ongoing and may begin at any time once a cohort of students has been established. Kickoff of the first cohort of students will be the start of Term 2 2019.
Our instructors are either professional software developers, designers, hardware engineers or animators, each with a number of years of industry experience in technology and education. We believe this gives us an edge as they are able to bring relevant, anecdotal knowledge to the workshops they instruct. All of our instructors have up to date working with children checks. The WWCC numbers are available on request.
Luke Stevenson is an Instructor and Freelance Full Stack Web Developer/Consultant. Luke enjoys solving problems using software and systems, and developing tools and websites which are used in the day-to-day lives of tens of thousands of people.
Kai Connell is an Instructor. He graduated University in 2015, after which he found his first job at Nexgen Codecamp. Currently Kai aids in the creation of games for different workshops and enjoys finding different possibilities to approach the same problem.
Adam Karas is an instructor and full time university student. He has had a passion for computers and coding since he was young, and hopes to drive others to crave knowledge and think in a critical manner through his recently discovered joy of teaching.
Victor Kuo is a robotics instructor, currently studying engineering with science. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and understanding with others to help them grow and discover where their own passions lie. He has a strong interest in innovation and loves creating ideas as they come to him. He is particularly good at simplifying complex concepts and enjoys challenging himself to create new gadgets where he sees something could be improved.
Justin Mclean has more than 25 years experience in developing web based applications and is involved in the open source hardware movement. He has spoken at numerous conferences in Australia and overseas. He iss active in various Apache projects, VP of Apache Mynewt and mentor for a number of other projects. He's also co-author of a book on Android mobile development and runs the IoT (internet of things) meetup in Sydney.
Jeremy Nagel is an instructor who wishes he was born five hundred years ago so he could be a pirate. When he's not reading novels about privateers, he works as a software engineer for Cozero - an energy technology company that offer smarter energy options to business.
Thomas Manson is a consultant for Microsoft and has worked as a professional software engineer for many years, building a wide range of applications and web sites along the way. He has a passion for building things that people love to use, and is inspired to share this with others.
Malcolm is a robotics instructor. He has over 30 years experience in the electronics and IT industries. Currently he is a Network Broadcast Engineer for a Satellite communications company. He develops electronic projects for Scouts and also for fun. He enjoys showing what is possible with electronics and robotics to young minds to help them develop their STEM knowledge and abilities.