The Digital Adventures Blog

For parents, educators and students to discuss tech education for kids, best practices for teaching coding & engineering design to kids & emerging technology trends

7 Simple Tips to Help Your Kid Become a Zoom Expert

April 5, 2020

All across the globe, educators, parents and students have been thrust into a new normal.  Instead of attending classes in person at school, many of us are now taking advantage of the latest advances in technology to live-stream our education. While it may seem like it should be a seamless transition, the reality is that for many kids this is a brand new environment that has similar elements to...


Developing students into independent technologists

March 29, 2020

At Digital Adventures, our entire curriculum is centered around developing students into independent technologists. Understanding how to code is critical, but it's not enough. So our curriculum is divided into three main areas: coding, problem-solving and social-emotional skills. As students grow in these areas, they progress through our 6 Levels of development. By the time students reach Level...


5 Quick Tips for Zoom Educators

March 27, 2020

At Digital Adventures, we recently made the decision to shift our entire programs over to an online format. Instead of hosting classes & camps for kids in our state-of-the-art technology learning studio, we have now shifted to a online livestream format using video conferencing technology.  Since we started the company in 2015, our instructors have taught thousands of kid. In the process, w...


How to build 3 types of Events & Actions using Scratch

March 14, 2020

One of the key skills necessary when building projects is introducing events and actions. One of the most popular types of events is collisions. There are times when you want the character to have a certain behavior when it collides into another character, other times you want the character’s behavior to be based on an interaction with a specific color and other times you want behavior to be ba...


3 Ways to Make Kids' Screen Time Beneficial

March 7, 2020

As the use of technology-based devices has exploded, adults have started to ask critical questions about the role that technology plays in the lives of their children. This is often the case when anything new is introduced and not well understood. Underlying this discussion is the reality that many adults feel that technology plays an outsized role in their lives and so they want a more healthy...


Why your first lesson at Digital Adventures will be in Scratch

March 2, 2020

Since we started Digital Adventures in 2015, our team has had the pleasure of working with thousands of students in our technology learning studios, with school partners and when we host special events. Our curriculum library has over 500 projects that span 15-20 different hardware and software platforms. Yet, when a new student is just getting started with us, their very first project will be ...


How Minecraft Modding Became a Great Tech Teaching Platform for Kids

February 22, 2020

Minecraft Mods are features or tweaks added into the game of Minecraft that can be programmed and implemented by just about anyone. These mods have been downloaded hundreds of millions of times and have been an integral part of the explosive growth of the Minecraft community. Even if a Minecraft enthusiast does not use mods, there is a great chance that their favorite YouTuber does! When Digita...


How to build video game coin animations in Scratch

February 15, 2020

For those who grew up playing video games, there are key elements of gaming that you may not often consider - coin animations. The movement and the sounds associated with activity in a video game is an important part of the user experience. In this tutorial, we will go through how to create different coin animations using Scratch. Estimated tutorial time: 60-75 minutes.Below is a preview of the...


My kid did Hour of Code, what now?

February 9, 2020

In 2014, the non-profit organization, code.org, launched the Hour of Code.  Hour of Code was designed to be a quick, 1 hour introduction to computer science. Since getting started, Hour of Code has expanded to 180 countries and reached millions of students around the world.As one might imagine, a proper introduction is designed to get someone excited and ideally motivate and inspire them to wan...


4 Trillion Dollar Tech Companies

January 18, 2020

“A million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? A billion dollars.”  - The Social Network For a long time, this quote really stood out to many about the ambition needed to develop, launch and grow the next generation of technology companies. When Sean Parker shared this quote with Mark Zuckerberg, it unlocked an emerging truth about technology; there is an opportunity to build really big c...


3 Critical Reasons Why Kids Should Develop an Engineering Mindset

January 11, 2020

Engineering is the use of math & science to solve problems. Engineering isn’t coding, programming, robotics or CAD modeling. Although engineers can use coding, programming, robotics or CAD modeling to solve problems. If our students only understanding programming, then they will feel as though they can’t solve problems in robotics. Or, if we only teach our students CAD modeling, then they w...


Navigating the creative destruction of technology

January 4, 2020

At one point, there were experts on the Apple IIe. Before, that we had those who were proficient on punch card programming. Every age and every generation has technology tools that are considered the pinnacle of efficiency and effectiveness. When these new tools are released, everyone jumps on the bandwagon and new solutions are quickly built using these amazing new platforms. And, just as soon...


2019: Year in Review and 2020: Looking Ahead

December 28, 2019

After ~5 years in business, we thought it would be a great time to reflect on the first few years, express gratitude (spoiler alert: Thank you parents/guardians!) for those who have helped us along the way and give a preview for what you can expect in the next decade from Digital Adventures.First and foremost, we want to let you know how truly grateful we are to the parents/guardians of our stu...


A Great End to a Great Season: Fall '19 Showcase

December 21, 2019

This past weekend, we hosted our showcase event at each studio for the community of learners and parents/guardians who support their journey in learning to building with technology.To say that this event exceeded our expectations would be a severe understatement. Over the past several months, we have continued to iterate on a format for the showcase event that would enable students to demonstra...


Jim's New Adventure

December 10, 2019

Dear parents, students and loyal fans,As you know, I have been a part of Digital Adventures in Wilmette since opening in 2015.  In that time, I have worked alongside a variety of students from four-year-old Lil’ Coders to seniors in high school.  We developed exciting technology projects, problem-solved bugs in our code, and built and destroyed robots in the intense battle bots arena.  We have ...