The Jerusalem HackerCamp

Info

Ages 7-16

The Jerusalem HackerCamp (run by The LearningWorks) is part of Google Education, and part of the Maker Camp consortium. We do technology, design, and engineering and lots of people say we’re “a robotics camp,” probably because it’s hard to say everything we really do.

That would be. . . web design, computer networking and security, woodwork, metalwork, Minecraft, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, science projects made from junk, electronics projects, physics experiments, mobile apps, chemistry experiments, cell and protein analysis under the microscope. . . and we ALSO do robotics.

Pre Pesach Camp – March 30-April 6
Including one field trip, one BBQ/Movie night, astronomy and cookies. Contact Shaiel

The LearningWorks lab includes:

  • CAD modeling and 3D Printing
  • Powerful multi-platform computing environment
  • 994,000 LEGOs including 56 robotic development sets, 16 trains and 420m of track.
  • High-powered telescopes, lasers, optical experiments
  • Radio and microwave communications tools
  • Microscopes, a chemistry lab
  • Lightsabers, a TARDIS… and we make cookies.

There are amazing field trips, morning bike-rides (optional), astronomy nights, radio fox-hunts in Gan Sacher, sleepovers, camping trips and movie nights.

Past Field Trips Have Been: Mobileye, Facebook, Osem/Teva logistical, Aeronautics, Algae farms, Water Desalination Plant, Dimona, Bright Source, the Iriya Engineering Dept, Intel, Microsoft, Google and a 3d printing factory. 

Space is limited with a very high staff-student ratio.  Candidates will be interviewed.

Do you want to join the coolest geeks in Jerusalem?

The Jerusalem HackerCamp  058-334-9024

Camp Reservations

Applications will be posted shortly

 

After School Class Info

FIJ Tips

The LearningWorks runs a great camp for kids who want to learn, create and have fun. The Hacker Camp includes engaging field trips, fun night activities, camping, biking and lots of building and hacking. TLW also runs year-long chugim and workshops in Technology, Innovation, Robotics and Engineering.

Hours

Campus Days: 9:30am-3:00pm
Exploration days include early morning bikerides, evening activities, hackathons, astronomy labs, sleepovers, movie nights, camping trips and field trips.  These start or end earlier or later than campus days.
A little more than half our days will be campus days.

Price

2017 Prices TBA
Full term:
6 weeks:
5 weeks:
4 weeks:
3 weeks:
Weekly:

Age

7-16 yrs old

Language

English / Hebrew

Sessions

2017 Dates TBA
Sundays-Thursdays
July & August

Venue: The LearningWorks Three Rooms Campus

Address: Dov Yosef St
Jerusalem, Israel

Where Does the Hacker Camp Take Place?

The Hacker Camp will be held at The Pelech School, on Yehuda Street in Jerusalem.
We also have activities at TLW’s (The LearningWorks) HackerSpace in Arnona.

Who Are The Teachers?

TLW hires an exceptional staff, at a very high staff-student ratio. Communication and
encouragement are prime considerations in who we accept as LearningWorks counselors
or interns.

Our Head Teacher is Shaiel Yitzchak. He has 22 years of experience in formal and
informal education, and 12 years of experience working in high-tech, in Israel and in the
US. Shaiel is fascinated by group dynamics and by teamwork. He’s especially interested
in getting children to break through their own barriers and raise their level of inquiry.
And students seem to have a bit of fun around him.

TLW hires an exceptional staff, at a very high staff-student ratio. Communication and encouragement are prime considerations in who we accept as LearningWorks counselors and interns.  Staff does a certified First Aid course the week before camp.

Who Are The Students?

We primarily work with ages 9-16, though we have made a few exceptions. We select the makeup of each learning group very carefully. There is an application and a short interview for each applicant. Chances are, if you’re reading this, your child and our program are a good match. But it’s important to us to be sure.

We are primarily looking for students who wish to be engaged in their own learning process. Age and background are less important to us than a student’s drive to learn, their fascinations and that they enjoy learning. It’s helpful if your child is technologically and/or scientifically inclined – but as long as they’re curious, we can take care of the rest.

What Is Our Mission?

Our mission is to change our students’ roles in their education from ‘passenger’ into ‘driver.’ The best way we’ve found to do this is by having fun learning with them. We emphasize designing and building things, taking things apart and redesigning them, and learning about technology and pushing it to its edge.

What Is The Curriculum?

The LearningWorks is an educational partner of Google’s Maker programs. We really like
students to learn by making things. We teach several levels of engineering and construction, from pillars and ‘brick’ supporting walls to suspension bridges and large buildings. We also build a wide range of
mechanical models – from simple machines (levers, inclined planes) to wheeled and treaded vehicles on tracks and off.

We have one of the best educational robotics labs in Israel, making use of a quartermillion Lego elements. We are able to have 28 robots operate 8 trains and 12 motorized vehicles simultaneously in a city of roads and tracks created by our students. The LearningWorks uses Lego’s NXT and EV3 platforms, as well as Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

Full-term LearningWorks students receive a Raspberry Pi model B – weekly students can
buy them at cost.

As part of the Google MakerCamp program, we often make recycled junk into science projects, make old technology into new computers, do woodworking projects and we have just started dabbling with CAD modeling and 3-D printing. But as exciting as students find these cutting-edge technologies, we see them as vehicles for our real core values.

What are your educational values?

Robotics and STEM subjects are ideal playgrounds for the development of personal creativity and problem-solving skills, communication and effective teamwork. The LearningWorks is hardly the only place a student can learn robotics or engineering (although we really are very good!) But few programs are better than we are at pinpointing a students’ motivation, at making them excited to learn, or at raising their expectation level of themselves.

To this end, we group students based on interest and social capabilities rather than by age. Your nine year-old may work with someone who’s fifteen, but who agrees that the wheel base of their current design will work best with thin tires of large diameter.

Similarly, you may find your fifteen year-old working with someone younger, who has some social intelligence your child would benefit from being around.

We are eager to show that physics, engineering and technology are good subjects in which to develop expertise. . . But also that the thinking skills used to grasp these subjects can be applied to most aspects of life, and certainly to all subjects in school. Creativity is the start, not the end of innovation. It’s good to be creative – but in 2014 we want our students to apply their creativity to coming up with real-world solutions. This requires a deep understanding of things, so teaching effective research is one of our
primary goals as well. Our First Lego League team took first place in the Research and Innovation Project at the regional FLL Tournament this year!

That's a lot about education. Don't you guys have any fun?

No.  Students are required to frown at least 7 times daily.

Seriously, it’s geeks working with geeks, tools, computers, motors and a quarter-million Legos.  Of course it’s fun.  Kids often stay late to ‘work’ on their Lego skyscrapers, to build dog-houses from dismantled wooden pallets, to finish tweaking the network, or to do whatever they were doing that day.

This is fertile ground for friendships to become very strong – in a way that can only be cemented by sharing your work with someone.  We’re happy to give you names of parents you can talk with, but yes, of course your kid will have fun.

Will my child take home a robot?

No.  The robot kits we work with cost several thousand sheqel each.  Your child will take home other projects they build, including a rPi system (as long as they’re with us longer than two weeks).

Tell me more about bicycling with the HackerCamp

Jerusalem is a great place for bicycling.  Cycling gives kids a sense of independence, responsibility and achievement.

We’re very careful.  We might take a round-about route which is safer – even if some of the students could take a shortcut with their eyes closed.  We never race.  The point is to enjoy each others company.

There are other options for our cycling activities, and none of them are required.  But everyone who rides with us has a great time.