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


6 weeks to Summer Break !!

Is STEM part of your child’s SUMMER experience?

Summer STEM camps provide kids with an opportunity to experience the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Summer programs provide a fun way to explore unfamiliar subjects — potentially discovering new areas of interest and building on existing interests or knowledge. Introducing  Computer Science and Engineering concepts to kids in elementary and middle school years might potentially lead them to explore paths that will evolve into our next generation of innovators, engineers, doctors, software developers, mathematicians, and physicists.

Imagine backyard BBQ party with music created by your kids blasting in the background where your kids and their friends can play some cool apps created by them soaking in the sun and enjoying the delicious barbecued food. Imagine hosting a themed party where your kids play detectives and solve the case of missing cake by incorporating the CSI techniques they learnt in TECH STARS camps. Possibilities are endless with STEM and SUMMER.

Classes that are FUN and teach them valuable concepts to become Producers of Technology are a GREAT way to incorporate learning into their summer!!

Interested ? TECH STARS Summer Camp registration is in full swing and classes are filling up.

So don’ t wait – REGISTER TODAY – https://computerexplorers.com/ne-chicago/classes-by-location/

Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality?

Buckleitner Update

          Let me start this month’s wisdom dispatch with a quote from Apple’s Tim Cook, who says “VR, I think, has some interesting applications, but I don’t think it’s a broad-based technology like AR,”  In other words, we all need to know the difference between VR (with the goggles) and AR (like Pokémon Go).
          Why is this my topic this month? Because we’re going to start seeing a lot more Augmented Reality in commercial books, toys and apps over the next 12 months.  More children and parents have some form of smart device in their pocket. This device has a camera, a connection to the Internet and a graphics processor that can overlay computer graphics over real world images. Book illustrations, toys or even a rug can trigger virtual experiences — and the real world can be cleverly interwoven with an imaginary one. This trend is important to note for both business and technology reasons, because it represents a way for interactive designers to get paid. The app is free, but it adds value to something you buy. The people who sell the toy or book pay the people who make the app.
         This month, you can find reviews of several examples, including a rug, called  SpinTales Jungle Rug, which lets a tiger loose in your child’s room.
       Here are two AR books: Sarina Simon’s ABC Animals Alphabet in Motion, which uses short movies to illustrate each animal.
    And the beautifully illustrated French title Chouette!
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