Youth

Since 2007 I try to bring together IT with interested children and teenagers. To a large extent (yet, not solely) I do this within the so-called ComputerCamp. Moreover I have given several talks on various occations on why and how today's teenagers differ from previous generations as well as how such differences (e.g., in the context of schools or companies) can be overcome.

ComputerCamp

The ComputerCamp is a holiday camp for 10-17 year-olds that I organize together with other core-team members. ComputerCamp attendees usually visit our week-long camps during summer holidays and experience a good mixture of small and well-suited IT classes and pedagogically valuable leisure activities.

While leisure activities largely depend on weather and location we try to narrow the activities' focus especially onto the kids and teenagers that visit us. This includes modern gameplay (mostly inspired by the "new games" movement), up-to-date equipment for current trends, integration and inclusion of all interests and skills, as well as large-group activities which we come up with, create, and maintain especially tailored to our participants.

IT classes range (among others) from movie making (incl. screenplay, acting, shooting, cutting) and 3D game modeling to first programming steps as well as ready-for-deployment smartphone apps. For all different modules we also offer various levels of required prior knowledge. This allows participants not only to acquire exactly the knowledge they are looking for, but also offers them to stay more than one week in order to deepen the gained knowledge even further.

Our camps take place in various locations across Austria and Germany and are open too every German-speaking kid or teenager aged between 10 and 17. Currently, our camps are offered all summer long, thereby matching as many school-holiday calendars as possible (e.g., from all Austrian, German, and Swiss states as well as from Liechtenstein).

Besides teaching, supervising, and leading several of the camps, I nowadays oversee the IT content we offer and I manage our teachers and supervisors. Apart from finding appropriate people, this includes preparing and teaching them how to teach.