How STEM classes boost confidence in kids

In the past 10 years, growth of STEM related jobs has increased by 3 times and over 70% of jobs in the near future will require mastery of scientific skills and mathematical knowledge.  Getting your child involved in STEM activities should no longer be a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’ based on these statistics.



Nothing does more for your self esteem than having ownership of something, especially when this something grows and changes because you want it to. Developing ideas in robotics for example can start from knowing how to code it, to then coding it for a specific purpose or action.

I did it!

That feeling of success can come in small but incredibly powerful doses. When involved in robotic projects this is clear as the success is so visual and immediate. The fact that you are working on design thinking and innovation that is important to you is vastly important for building self-confidence. At the end of a lot of trial and error is that crucial a-ha moment!

Growth Mindset

Growth mindset is paramount for self confidence and it actually develops fantastic learning habits that will stay with your child for life and across disciplines. Growth mindset specifically talks about how people deal with failure and setbacks, seeing them not as obstacles but as opportunities for learning. That positive self talk is fundamental in all areas of school and life and comes so easily through STEM as there is naturally so much debugging, and trial and error.

Through STEM classes, children can, not only develop their self-confidence, but also become confident in problem solving, negotiating, math, science, innovation and even in their own creativity.


Did you see the launch of Space X’s Falcon Heavy rocket yesterday?

If you are trying to get children to be excited about STEM and STEM careers, watch the launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy Rocket. Actual footage starts at the 8 minute mark. When the side boosters return to Earth at the 37:30 mark, is a beautiful and exciting moment.

The excitement and enthusiasm shown by the entire staff at Space X, is palpable. The SpaceX staff explain what is happening in plain English, without technical jargon.

What is Space X?

In a nutshell, SpaceX manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. According to its website “The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.” It should be noted, that in 2002, when the company started, no one there had ever built a rocket. By 2010, they were the only private company to ever return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit. Since then SpaceX has been using it’s Dragon spacecraft to make deliveries to the International Space Station.

What is the Falcon Heavy?

The Falcon Heavy, is the world’s most powerful rocket (by a factor of 2!). This is not a one and done rocket, if all goes well, they will be ready to use the rocket to put satellites on the next mission in a few months, according to CEO Elon Musk (

What was on board Falcon Heavy?

Falcon Heavy needed to release a real payload in order to fully test the rocket. This payload is special and a lot of fun. They launched Musk’s Tesla Roadster, complete with a passenger, a spacesuit wearing mannequin known as Starman.

on Heavy needed to release a real payload in order to fully test the rocket. This payload is special and a lot of fun. They launched Musk’s Tesla Roadster
complete with a passenger, a spacesuit wearing mannequin known as Starman. Starman will coast through the radiation heavy Van Allen Belts, before restarting the engine to travel toward Mars. This will eventually carry the car and Starman into an orbit around the sun, about 248 million miles from Earth. ( This, according to Musks’ Instagram post, will consist of the roadster, while playing Space Oddity by David Bowie, on a billion year elliptic orbit. No work yet on if Starman’s real name is Major Tom.

Also included in this payload is an arch. “An Arch is a “5D, laser optical quartz storage device” that is meant to be able to survive even in the harsh conditions of space, built by the Arch Mission Foundation. The foundation’s goal is to preserve libraries of human knowledge for interstellar travel (and to protect information in the event of calamity to Earth itself). Embedded on this disc, is Issac Asimov’s Foundation series. This series of books inspired the Arch Foundations to create the discs.  If you want to check out some footage from Starman’s point of view yesterday, check out this video.If you look carefully you will see a mini version of the roadster on the dash of the car.


What will you LEARN in 2018?

New Year’s Resolution – Learn To Code.

We are one month into 2018, and if you’re like most, you’ve spent some time making and breaking resolutions. Of course, there are the tried and true resolutions, like shaving off a few pounds or saving up the cash to travel abroad. We are here to propose another goal that’s easy to stick to and can pay off huge dividends down the road: Learning how to code and teaching your kids how to code. Here are three reasons why learning how to code is a solid resolution for 2018.

With programming knowledge, students not only know how to use technology but also CREATE technology.

Most of us don’t know how our smartphones, laptops, social media networks, and video games work. Basic programming knowledge can open our eyes to the infinite possibilities of coding.

Programming uses LOGIC & CREATIVITY making it fun and satisfying.

While programming is logic-based, it’s also an extremely creative activity. If you know how to code, you can develop apps, video games, websites, and more! For many developers, part of the appeal of coding is the challenge and reward of seeing their code come to life after a good debugging session. With the right instruction, getting started with programming can be easy and fun.

Coding improves persistence.

Learning to code, like any new discipline, is a challenge. Thus, tackling complex problems—and making mistakes along the way—can be very frustrating. Coding teaches the valuable skill of persistence during debugging (a job in itself!). Learning how to problem solve and look for solutions working together in teams builds collaboration skills.

Discover the fundamentals of programming and learn to build cool mobile apps, stylish websites, software animation, program robots, create digital movies and songs, and more with Techstars this coming Summer.

Why is introducing kids to Coding and Creative Thinking programs important?

Have you heard about super computer WATSON ? How about Artificial Intelligence? Alexa is a common house hold member these days.

These innovations are the results of people who are savvy at technology and think creatively.

Why is Coding Important?

In today’s digital world, coding is a fundamental skill alongside math and reading, but too few kids have the opportunity to learn to program because it is rarely taught in school.

  • Coding drives innovation.
  • Coding builds confidence.
  • Coding is best learned early.


Why is Creative thinking important?

Creativity will always be in high demand as it is not something robots can replace easily! By developing this skill, individuals differentiate themselves from other candidates.

  • Creative thinking helps to promote imagination and concentration. 
  • Creativity distinguishes innovation


Where can you find classes that teach Coding and encourage Creative thinking?

Look no further than STEM Classes offered by  Techstars, where you will find coding classes for different age groups that incorporate creative thinking.

 Click on the link for a listing of Fall classes near you : Fall 2017 by Location

We look forward to meeting your child in one of our upcoming classes!

Summer can be FUN and EDUCATIONAL.

Why let your kids be consumers of Technology when they can be PRODUCERS !!

Kids can’t get enough of Technology these days, why not give them the gift that will make them PRODUCERS of technology! Make this Summer last a lifetime for your child with hands – on  STEM focused  educational AFFORDABLE camps and classes offered at various summer camps throughout North East Chicago.

Check out our locations at : STEM CAMPS NEAR YOU


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