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

5 Great Gift Ideas for STEM Loving Kids

November 25, 2017

It’s that time of year again! Frosty mornings, holiday traditions, and extravagant holiday super sales. With the plethora of marketing madness, it can be challenging to discern ripoffs from real deals, especially when it comes to tech gadgets for our kids. At Digital Adventures, we have the privilege to utilize many established and emerging products while we build amazing projects with our stud...


Meet Vicki...Your Kid's New Robot Employee

November 18, 2017

When I was a kid, one of my favorite shows to watch was “Small World”. In this show, Vicki was a robot created by the robotics engineer father to be part of a family. Vicki would help out around the house. But, sometimes things didn’t quite go right because of technological challenges (literal speech interpretations, etc..). Fast forward to today and we are witnessing amazing advances in techno...


The Introductory Parent’s Guide to Understanding Cryptocurrency

November 11, 2017

Over the last several weeks, there have been increasing amounts of attention paid to cryptocurrencies.  It’s hard to turn on the television or go onto social media without seeing some story or cute meme about cryptocurrency. This emerging technology has generated a ton of interest among techies, investors, and the general public. In fact, the two most popular cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin (BTC) an...


5 Reasons Why Parents Should (ALSO) Learn to Code

November 4, 2017

While much has been written about the necessity of teaching kids to code: Why every child should learn to code , More parents want children to learn to code, Why kids should learn to code and How and Why to Teach Your Kids to Code; we think it is also important that parents understand the basics of coding. This is not to suggest that parents should become developers-in-training and ultimately b...


A Bicycle for the Mind

October 28, 2017

Prior to the mass adoption of the personal computer, the co-founder of Apple – Steve Jobs, described his vision for the utility of a computer as being like a bicycle for the mind.  Steve Jobs was a great storyteller, he found ways to connect the dots between this new technology that would eventually become commonplace with a mode of transport that many have very fond memories of. I think one ...


Something important was MISSING at Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 21, 2017

This week, we had parent-teacher conferences at my children’s school. During parent-teacher conferences, we go through what is going well and what could be improved with my kid’s educational journey. Typically, at my kid’s school, there is a conference during the fall and spring. It’s always good to have 30-60 minutes to spend with my kid’s teachers.  Thankfully, both of my kids are doing well ...


Hey Ivanka, Here’s The Blueprint for Making a Maker

October 14, 2017

Recently, the administration led by Ivanka Trump announced that they would annually commit $200 million to increasing access to high quality STEM education. The primary goal of this funding is to better prepare students for the high-paying jobs of tomorrow. The main gap that this funding is trying to solve for is the lack of access to computer science coursework within schools along with the di...


Amazon Should Select Second City – Chicago – For 2nd HQ

October 7, 2017

Amazon recently announced that they are seeking a home for their second headquarters – HQ2. In the request for proposal (RFP) , Amazon plans to hire up to 50,000 employees with an average annual compensation of more than $100K within 10-15 years. From a capital expenditures standpoint, Amazon plans to spend $5B on this new headquarters. This means that the city Amazon picks as their next home w...


Coding Helps Democratize the Next Generation

September 29, 2017

In a recent Guardian article, Ben Tarnoff claims that the tech industry’s push to teach coding is driven mainly by the capitalist class trying to cut programmer wages. He makes some leaps to get there, and the logic doesn’t quite hold up.  To be fair, I would at least agree with Tarnoff that most of the arguments thrown around for teaching kids how to code revolve around economic success. Appea...


Keeping our Tech Talent in Chicago

September 23, 2017

We’re facing a generational crisis in our city. For the second year in a row, Chicago is the only one of America’s ten largest cities to see it's population decrease. Residents are leaving the entire Chicagoland area en masse, mostly for the Sun Belt states. The Chicago Tribune has found various reasons for this shift, including taxes, state budget issues, crime, the unemployment rate and weath...


Disrupting Your Child's Education

September 16, 2017

One of the most popular concepts when it relates to company performance is how they think about and integrate disruptive innovation into their business model. Many companies both large and small claim to be disruptive. In this post, we will consider disruptive innovation from an education perspective related to what kids are currently learning & how that content may be important to the futu...


Artificial Intelligence - Teaching Machines to Outsmart Humans

September 9, 2017

Over the past few weeks, there have been numerous articles on the topic of artificial intelligence: ·         For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race – Wired·         IBM Just committed $240 million to the Future of Artificial Intelligence – Futurism·         Elon Musk: Artificial Intelligence battle ‘most likely cause’ of WWIII – USA Today·         Elon Musk & M...


I wanna be like Mike!

September 2, 2017

When I was a kid, Gatorade came out with this popular commercial entitled, “I wanna be like Mike”. In the background of the commercial showing Michael Jordan making some unbelievable moves, the words that played were –‘sometimes I dream that he is me, you’ve got to see that’s how I dream to be, like Mike….if I could be like Mike’. Michael Jordan was an amazing, once in a generation, sports phen...


Inventing the future

August 26, 2017

Millions of children around the country are returning to school; these new beginnings inevitably cause us to think about their future. As we see them off, we realize that they are a little older, a little wiser and full of enormous potential.  As parents, guardians and educators, we also spend a lot of time thinking about how we best prepare our children for success. Not only do we think about ...


Beware the naysayers.....

August 19, 2017

Earlier this week, an article came out in the Globe and Mail entitled, “Coding for kids: another silly fad”.  The author argues that while coding is the basis for giving instructions for a computer that most of us do not have to learn it any more than you have to understand an engine to drive a car or indoor plumbing to use a toilet. The writer then goes on to argue that the technology industry...