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

Moonshots: Preparing the Next Generation of Inventors & Innovators

August 5, 2016

In May 1961, President Kennedy, before a joint session of Congress, announced the goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. This goal was achieved on July 20th, 1969 when Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, stepped onto the surface of the moon. While Kennedy never saw the plan he set in place accomplished, his bold vision not only achieved the goal but has...


7 Easy Ways for Parents to Support Their Kids Technology Education Development

July 5, 2016

Depending on your education background and work experience, you may not have a depth of familiarity with coding/programming & engineering modeling/design. In fact, you may struggle with even completing simple technology tasks. Or, the rapid pace of technology change may have you feeling as though you are on the outside looking in……what exactly is Snapchat? On the other hand, you may be the ...


Will your child survive the automation economy?

June 4, 2016

Recently, we have seen more and more evidence that jobs typically done by humans are now being automated. From self-driving cars under development by Uber, Lyft, GM, Tesla, Ford & Toyota to automated kiosks being rolled out at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Panera.  Research from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Economics Professor, David Autor, shows that middle-skill jobs like bookkeeping,...


How Learning to Code Can Help Develop a Growth Mindset

May 2, 2016

In 2014, Carol Dweck published findings based on two decades of research on growth versus fixed mindsets amongst individuals and organizations. Her research found that those who believe their talents can be developed over time have a growth mindset while those who believe their talents are innate gifts and therefore stable across time have a fixed mindset. Individuals with a growth mindset tend...


Let’s get girls excited about coding again!

March 29, 2016

Although, it may be hard to imagine given the current gender disparities in computer science, women have not only played a major role in the development of the field but also continue to exhibit leadership and product development innovation in technology-driven companies of the future. Amazing Contributions by Women in Computer Science In the mid-1800’s Ada Lovelace wrote the instructions for ...


Chicago Public Schools Mandates Computer Science Graduation Requirement for Class of 2020

February 29, 2016

On February 24th, 2016, the board of education for Chicago Public Schools unanimously mandated computer science as a graduation requirement for the Class of 2020. The context behind the decision is based on data that estimates a gap of 1 million job openings by 2024 versus colleges/universities that graduated approximately 40,000 students annually (2015). Structurally, the way the graduation re...


What We Saw @ The Consumer Electronics Show: Cool New Education Technologies

February 1, 2016

Digital Adventures had an opportunity to visit the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year. This annual show brings together nearly 200,000 industry professionals, journalists, researchers and the general public to learn about the latest and greatest products from a wide-variety of manufacturers. From connected cars to virtual reality, there were a number of very cool technologies on d...


Happy 2016 - 2015 Year In Review

January 4, 2016

2015 was a big year for Digital Adventures. We opened the doors to our 1st learning studio in the Village of Wilmette and received such a positive reception that we began planning for our 2nd location in the Village of Oak Park. Below are some facts that we hope you will find interesting about our 1st several months in our North Shore Location. We are looking forward to building upon our succes...


4 Key Benefits to Learning Coding In a Classroom

December 9, 2015

Digital Adventures utilizes an instructor-led, classroom-based model for our coding classes for kids.There are 4 key reasons why we believe this approach is beneficial for our students. Getting Unstuck One of the biggest obstacles when learning a new subject, like coding, is how to get unstuck when faced with an unforeseen challenge. Without the ability to quickly understand where one went wro...


Use a Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich to Introduce Coding to Your Kid

December 5, 2015

When you provide a computer with a set of instructions (lines of code) to execute, the machine does not have the ability to interpret context or ask questions to gain additional clarity like we humans do; the computer simply does exactly what it is told. To illustrate this concept, we are going to have your child (programmer) write down the instructions to make-a-sandwich and the parent (comput...


Why Learning to Code Matters

September 22, 2015

In 2011, Marc Andressen wrote a popular article in the WSJ entitled 'Why Software Is Eating The World'. In the article, Marc argues that large sections of the global economy are set to be overtaken by software enabled solutions/companies. More recently, Code.org has projected that by 2020, 1 million computer science jobs will go unfilled because we aren't graduating enough students from our uni...


Our approach to teaching coding to kids

April 25, 2015

My first exposure to coding was as a freshman in college. I had registered for an Intro to Computer Science course and was excited to learn more about the wonderful world of technology.  During our first lab session, we were asked to open a text editor and instructed to type lines of code from the textbook. While I certainly got better at typing, it didn't make me very excited about learning ho...


Coding - The New Language of Business

April 23, 2015

Throughout history, language and communication are what has helped separate human beings from other creatures. It is our ability to communicate that has enabled us to design, develop, and launch amazing inventions. Yet, there is one language that isn't widely available for study. That language is coding. Over the next several years, we are hopeful that coding/programming will be introduced into...


HELLO WORLD!

August 17, 2014

This is the start of a wonderful adventure. Thanks for joining us! We will use this space to keep our parents and early learners updated on what's going on with Digital Adventures.