They don’t re­alise they’re learn­ing skills

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Best Weekend - - FRONT PAGE -

La­mar Abual­samh, 10, im­pressed her dad Is­mail with her cod­ing tal­ents. She has also helped him lead a more healthy life with a web­site she re­searched and de­signed. IT’S not easy keep­ing your kids oc­cu­pied dur­ing the school hol­i­days. But Is­mail Abual­samh found a great way to keep 10-year-old daugh­ter La­mar en­ter­tained and she helped him stop smok­ing in the process. The Rock­dale stu­dent at­tended one of sev­eral Code Camps across Syd­ney and came home with the skills to cre­ate her own web­site. La­mar chose to base her web­site on a pro­gram to help peo­ple stop smok­ing. Her dad was not only im­pressed with her tech skills, he says the pro­gram worked and he hasn’t smoked for more than three months. “It didn’t take a lot of con­vinc­ing to get La­mar to at­tend Code Camp, she’s been us­ing an iPad since she was three, so tech­nol­ogy is a part of her life,” Abual­samh says. The proud dad says La­mar has been to three Code Camps and came up with the idea for her anti-smok­ing site af­ter the sec­ond. “On her site, there’s lots of ideas and tips on how to stop smok­ing and images of how the or­gans of a smoker look from the in­side,” he says. “I was a smoker for a long time, but La­mar has been help­ing me to quit, I haven’t had a cig­a­rette since early Oc­to­ber.” Syd­ney mother of three Hay­ley Markham started Code Camp three years ago. “Tech­nol­ogy is some­thing that’s scary for par par­ents be­cause, for the first time ever, kids know someth some­thing they don’t know,” she sa says. M Markham says the cam camps teach kids skills be be­yond their years. “If you come to a Code Camp and you’re seven years o old, you’ll have ticked o off a Year 9-level s syl­labus,” Markham sa says. “The kids have so m much fun, we want to ass as­so­ciate tech­nol­ogy with be­ing fun, not neces nec­es­sar­ily just school or ed­u­cati ed­u­ca­tion-based. The kids don’t even re­alise they’re learn­ing skill skills at Code Camp.”

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