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

3 Reasons Why Every Kid Should Go PRO in Coding

September 14, 2018

Whether it is baseball, basketball, football, tennis, golf or swimming, nearly every kid plays sports at some point during their childhood.  Besides the obvious health benefits, there are some who start early and are able to progress all the way to the collegiate level. For the exceptional, a professional career is the ultimate goal. And what parent doesn’t want their child to reach the peak of...


10 Great Hardware & Software Platforms for Teaching Kids Coding

September 6, 2018

At Digital Adventures, we’ve been fortunate to work with hundreds of students to build thousands of technology-based projects at our state-of-the-art learning studios. During that time, our instructional team has had the opportunity to pilot and ultimately incorporate numerous hardware and software platforms that are designed to teach kids coding.Many of the organizations that are highlighted b...


Introducing Brain Sports | Innovative New Approach to Teaching Kids To Code

August 31, 2018

Over the past several years, Digital Adventures has worked to develop an education technology platform designed for kids who we believe are the emerging technologists that focuses on teaching our students to build with technology independently so they could one day change the world with their innovations and inventions. While, we’ve had great success in terms of the number of students we’ve wor...


5 Important Criteria When Picking A Kids Coding Class

August 24, 2018

With Facebook and Instagram feeds filled with back to school pictures of the next generation of leaders, now is a great time to start thinking about after-school activities for the kids. At the top or near the top of the list should be computer coding or technology classes. Statistics published at code.org says that jobs are being created that require computer science or engineering degrees at ...


4 Reasons Why We Celebrate Epic Failures at Digital Adventures

August 17, 2018

Ask anyone who has done programming for a meaningful period of time and they will describe the pleasure and pain of building with technology. On the one hand, when they build a new website, mobile app or product feature; there is a sense of euphoria along with a tremendous sense of accomplishment that human has conquered machine. On the other hand, the effort required to push through epic inter...


5 Key Reasons Why We Love our Competitors

August 10, 2018

When we started Digital Adventures 3 years ago, we had a vision for how we would teach kids to build with technology so that they could one day change the world! Since, that time, we have built out a curriculum leveraging best-in-class hardware & software programs, launched purposely-designed learning studios, hired engaging instructors, built a data-driven back-end technology platform focu...


5 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe from Dangerous Viral Video Challenges

August 3, 2018

Let’s face it in a world dominated by social media, everyone wants their 30 seconds of fame. Whether the digital currency is likes, shares, retweets or comments; there is a great deal of social capital that is conferred on those whose content goal viral. Combine this with the still developing brain of children and the associated peer pressure, this desire for internet popularity can go terribly...


The Importance of Teaching Kids to Love Learning

July 27, 2018

Technological ProgressThe evolution in technology is a wonderful thing.  In today’s world, we can connect with friends and colleagues across the globe at the touch of a button.  We can verbally converse with semi-sentient robots living in our phones (Siri) and homes (Alexa) and find out anything from travel directions to daily trivia questions.  We can even order cupcakes-in-a-bottle with overn...


10 Surprising Lessons We’ve Learned From Teaching Over 1,000 Kids to Code

July 20, 2018

Digital Adventures was founded in 2015 with the mission to teach kids how to build with technology so they can change the world! Since opening our first learning studio on the North Shore of Chicago, we’ve taken more than 1,000 students through our fun, engaging, hands-on coding and engineering design projects. During that time, we’re proud to have earned over 50 5 Star Reviews on Google, Yelp ...


5 Steps Parents Can Take to Prevent Their Kids' Technology Addiction

July 14, 2018

For the past several years, technology has started to play a larger and larger role in all aspects of our personal and professional lives. Initially, technology applications were used to develop increased efficiencies within professional settings - think robotic welders in automotive factories or word processing software in corporations. For the last several decades, we have seen generations of...


The Ultimate Guide for How to Pick a Computer for Your Child

July 7, 2018

One of the most frequent questions that we are asked at Digital Adventures is, ‘how do I pick a computer for my child?’ so that they can build with technology on their own. This is an important question and one that is more appropriate for a comprehensive guide so that parents and students can have easy access to this reference going forward. There are many key considerations that parents shoul...


Technology Learning is Foundational

June 30, 2018

Over the last several months, there has been an ongoing debate over whether or not coding and engineering design skills are necessary for the well-rounded education of the next generation. Some criticisms of teaching kids to code include that this is just a covert operation for big technology companies to increase the pipeline of workers to reduce the massive compensation packages for current e...


The Greatest Gifts for Kids

June 23, 2018

At Digital Adventures, we have many opportunities to work with a variety of kids on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis. Our privileged position as instructional provider for technology based learning has enabled us to observe some key trends about what kids seem to value most. As a parent who is just starting out (rookie) or one who has been at this for quite some time (veteran), we thou...


Digital Adventures - You're Fired!

June 16, 2018

As we think about our privileged role in the development of the technical education of the next generation, our ultimate goal is for students and their parents to fire us. In order for us to part ways, we focus on 3 key areas while working with our students. Our goal is for our students to develop their independence in building with technology, understand how to make their ideas real and learni...


6 Tips for Picking a Great Summer Tech Camp

June 9, 2018

Now that the kids are out of school for their summer vacation, it’s a great time to think about how to continue to engage them in learning opportunities that will further their development and growth to prevent the dreaded ‘summer learning loss’. One of the best options is to enroll your kids in summer camp. There are a wide variety of camps that cover many different topics.  With the increased...