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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...


What students build at Digital Adventures

December 7, 2019

It's often illustrative to take a look and highlight what students have built during their time at Digital Adventures.Our primary goal is to teach students to develop the confidence and skills they need to build with technology independently. While our class structure often follows a format of enabling students to complete a given project during the 60 minute class period, we've found that over...


Devices here. Devices there. Devices everywhere.

December 1, 2019

This weekend, I had a conversation with my niece. I asked her how things were going at school. We discussed more and then eventually began to talk about technology. I asked her how she liked technology learning at school. She responded that she didn’t like Scratch.We talked a bit more. And then she said, devices are everywhere. We just need to know how devices work. We don’t need to know how de...


Technology shouldn't feel like magic

November 3, 2019

When students build their first video game or robot, they will often say, “Oh wow. It works.” Typically, I respond with, “don’t be so surprised!” However, I think there is a deeper insight from students response to bringing something new to life right before their eyes. Humans are naturally a creative bunch. We seek to bring new ideas, innovations and inventions to life. In technology, this can...


Technology education has the highest ROI for kids

October 27, 2019

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." - Derek Bok, President Harvard UniversityIn business, return on investment (ROI) is a metric that is often used to determine which projects to fund. Projects with the highest ROI are typically prioritized versus those with a lower ROI. To make this assessment, a team will often put together a proposal outlining that components of a project a...


The Stunning Paradox of Failure

October 19, 2019

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t fail.” - Bill GatesAlthough most of us would agree with this quote by Bill Gates. In many ways, we try to spare our kids from failure because we know how it feels. Failure can be painful. Failure can be demotivating. Failure can be difficult. So, we erroneously think that if we can orchestrate their friends, classes a...


Bill Gates tech education was unique but not because of money

August 11, 2019

For those who have read the story of Bill Gates, we can begin to connect the dots to see how his technology education during his formative years helped create the right boundary conditions for Microsoft to launch, grow and make a meaningful impact globally. However, his educational journey was not simply because of money. Instead, Bill Gates learned to build with technology in an ideal way for ...


Small Steps, Giant Leaps

July 21, 2019

This week, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.As Neil Armstrong remarked, "This is one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind."This historic occasion and celebration got me thinking about all the advances in technology that went into putting astronauts on the moon.As many people have accurately noted, the computing power in the space shuttle was much less...


5 Ways Learning to Build with Tech Improves Math Skills

July 7, 2019

Often as adults, we typically fall into two camps - those who think they are good at math and they who think they aren’t good at math. Usually, our confidence or anxiety began to develop in elementary, middle or high school and has stuck with us throughout our lives. While we may not know the exact point that we either leaned into math or moved away from it, the reality is that eventually our m...


Kids must develop this key technical skill

June 22, 2019

One of the biggest and most important responsibilities of parents is to prepare their kids for future success. For our parents, this seemed relatively straightforward. Good grades, solid extracurriculars, internships and a college degree would prepare them to achieve personal and professional satisfaction. Since the current generation entered the workforce, these elements no longer seem suffici...


5 Important Design Characteristics of the Future Classroom

June 16, 2019

While curriculum and instruction are extremely important to developing the creative problem solvers of the future, it is also essential to make sure the learning environment evolves to meet their needs.Below, we have outlined 5 important design characteristics that are foundational for the classroom of the future.Small Class SizesThe costs to deliver great educational experiences for kids has c...


5 Great Reasons for Kids to try Tech This Summer

June 9, 2019

Over the summer, kids are released from school for 3 months. Parents who are accustomed to having their kids educated now need to find things for their kids to do. For some, their kids are enrolled in a multitude of camps. Other families extensively travel during the summer to give their kids a more expansive world view. If the kids are older, they may start a business or find an internship at ...


3 Key Behaviors of Great Young Technologists

June 2, 2019

Over the past several years, we’ve worked with a large number of students in our studios. During our classes and camps, we’ve been able to observe students with a wide range of experience, ability and expertise. What we’e found is that there are 3 behaviors that seem to be present in great young technologists. For those that have these behaviors, we work to strengthen them. For those that don’t...


Microwave versus slow cooked technologists

May 19, 2019

For as long as most of us can remember, we’ve had a microwave in our homes. Given the immense time pressures that most of us have to juggle to keep our lives on track, heating a meal up in a microwave versus cooking on a stove or in the oven is not a luxury most of us can afford. However, we intuitively understand that a microwave meal is not going to be as good for us even though it fills the ...