Today’s best STEM summer camps teach science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun and engaging way. Kids and teens can learn foundational STEM skills while meeting new friends and building self-confidence. These tech skills are especially vital in Alpharetta, named the Technology City of the South. The status of technology in Alpharetta is astounding: the city-wide fiber optic network not only attracts technology giants like Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and Verizon, but also ensures small businesses have the connectivity they need to thrive. Additionally, in 2015, Nerdwallet named Alpharetta the best place to start a business in Georgia and GoodCall called it the best city for women entrepreneurs.
How do you best help your child harness all that tech potential? Here are some of the benefits your student can gain from a STEM summer camp:
Avoid Summer Brain Drain
Summer brain drain, the term that used to describe the fact that many students lose as much as two to three months of math and reading skills each summer, is real. And while certain students are more likely to suffer from brain drain than others, all kids can be impacted by the phenomenon.
STEM summer camps help combat brain drain by keeping students interested and engaged in a variety of topics. Skills like problem-solving, creativity, and if-then thinking encourage kids and teens to think through complex problems and come up with logical solutions. When kids take simple actions like attending a STEM camp, not only are they less likely to suffer from brain drain, but they also learn new skills and imagine new ideas.
Learn Important Skills
Speaking of new skills, kids and teens can learn a lot from attending academic camps. In the case of technology, most K–12 schools still don’t adequately teach computer science and other related technology fields. Therefore, without the help of summer and afterschool programs, where will kids learn the important tech skills needed to give them an edge in school, college, and future careers?
STEM subjects like coding, robotics, engineering, 3D printing, cryptography, and more require students to have a good grasp of foundational concepts that can make them better at many subjects, STEM or otherwise.
Prepare for Our Ever-Changing Future
Studies predict that there will be one million unfilled STEM jobs by the year 2020. By unfilled, they mean there will be numerous job openings, but not enough qualified individuals to adequately fill them. It’s time to start equipping our kids with the skills they need to thrive in our ever-changing world.
People are already talking about how robots could assume many of the roles in which people work today. And with the advent of 3D printing, virtual reality, and other emerging technologies, it’s hard to imagine what new innovations our world will think up in the next 5–10 years. Attending summer STEM camps helps ensure that your child will be interested and knowledgeable about such topics, which can make them more likely to pursue a STEM career in the future.
Summers always seem to fly by, but they still have the power to make a lifelong impact. People often remember summers spent at camp or with relatives or traveling to a different state. So while a summer STEM camp might only be a week or two, it can make a lasting impact on your child. Take Rebecca, one of iD Tech’s many alumni Success Stories.
“My journey began as a 14-year-old girl at iD Tech Camps held at MIT, giving me an early chance to explore my passions. Two weeks there changed my life; I was introduced to the idea of technology as a fun and exciting career, and not some lofty idea for engineers hiding in a lab,” Rebecca says.
She went on to found CoderDojo NYC, a non-profit organization that provides STEM experiences to over 1,500 youth annually. She’s been a Developer, a Chief Technology Officer, a Program Manager, and has been featured in dozens of magazines for her work encouraging youths and minorities into tech. She was even named the youngest US White House “Champion of Change” for Tech Inclusion. All because of two weeks at summer STEM camp — talk about a lifelong impact!
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Perhaps your child loves Minecraft, or maybe they can’t stop tinkering with LEGO blocks. Maybe your child has never thought about designing their own video game but can’t wait to give it a try. Whatever their interests, iD Tech has the course to match them.
Although there are many technology summer programs to choose from these days, iD Tech continues to stand out as the nation’s premiere program where students learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, model 3D characters, engineer robots, create websites, discover photography, print 3D models, design in virtual reality, and much more.
**One of the key factors in choosing the right camp is convenience. iD Tech has camp held at Fulton Science Academy in the heart of Alpharetta with courses for students ages 7–17. iD Tech is also located at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, plus an additional 150+ locations nationwide. Save $75 on a week of camp with the promo code APR2017!!
Not only does iD Tech guarantee an 8:1 student to instructor ratio for personalized learning at all their locations, but they also provide a unique environment your child won’t find anywhere else. iD Tech combines individualized, engaging STEM curriculum with a quirky, inclusive, vibrant summer camp atmosphere. Students not only experience the benefits listed above, but they also spend time outdoors playing games and making lasting friendships.
Courses sell out quickly, so visit www.idtech.com for more information and to kick-start your child’s future today.
This is a sponsored article with information provided by iD Tech. Check out additional information on their camp in AMO’s Summer Camp Directory.