Technology is getting more advanced every day. While new phones and gadgets grab a lot of attention, many workers have a reason to be concerned for how the future of tech will influence their occupations. A report from Marketwatch indicates the advancing rate of automation puts between 30 and 40 million American jobs at risk.
Those statistics are especially daunting for younger generations who have to find a career as nearly a fourth of the traditional market shifts. Still, the loss of many positions will open the door to new opportunities in STEM jobs. No one says change is easy, but there are good things that can come from it. The next generation has to adapt to the rapid rate of tech growth if they’re going to excel in a digital world.
Part of the problem with attracting young people to STEM is a lack of fun or creative ways to engage them. If a middle school or high school doesn’t have early engineering programs, it can be much harder to get kids involved. There are also other groups and sports battling for their attention. Funding STEM programs are a part of the solution, but not every district can afford to add more classes or teachers.
If normal schooling doesn’t cover all the bases, what can parents do for their kids? The short answer is to get involved. An environment that values creative and intuitive minds is one where the culture of STEM can thrive. Beyond what a parent can do at home, it’s important to take summer opportunities seriously. There’s plenty of time to have fun and learn. CDM Computing combines the two while preparing students for the future though their nonprofit, Camp BYOC (Build Your Own Computer). Teaching kids meaningful skills like computing, coding, robotics and circuitry will create a desire to innovate in the face of adversity.
Ask questions that make your children think and support their involvement in technology. No, that doesn’t mean parents should let them play video games all the time, but those consoles and computers will play a role in their futures. Technology and design should be a hands-on experience to show a child what they can accomplish when they apply themselves.
These tools are important for the development of kids and benefit everyone by advancing the same technologies which challenge us today. Plus, kids take their success with them. After building their own computers, students can continue to experiment with the hardware and programs to expand their skills.
Explorer 1- Simple Machines and Basics Robotics - June 3 - June 7, 2019
Explorer 1- Computing and Automation - June 10 - June 14, 2019
Explorer 1- Robotics and Automation - June 17 - June 21, 2019
Explorer 2- Intro to Python Coding and Logic Thinking - June 24 - June 28, 2019
Explorer 2- Intro to Circuitry (12 & up) - July 1 - July 5, 2019
Explorer 2- Intro to Robotics (12 & up) - July 8 - July 12, 2019
Explorer 2- Applications Galore! (9 & up) - July 15 - July 19, 2019
No child should lose an opportunity to learn because of a lack of funding. While public schools aren’t always fortunate enough to have the resources for technology classes, Sponsoring education through camps like BYOC can make a real and positive change in the lives of children.
If you’re interested in joining CDM’s camp, signing up your child or sponsoring, go to www.CampBYOC.com to register. Contact our Cincinnati office at 513-549-8308 with any questions.