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Posts by Ryan

  • Utah STEM Fest is Around the Corner

    Every summer, iD Tech is lucky enough to offer camps in a number of different cities and states. One excellent byproduct of such expansion is learning about local STEM events, happenings, and initiatives; each with the goal of keeping students informed and excited about all things science, technology, engineering, and math. So since we are now offering tech camps [...]

  • Myth-Busting the "Computer Camp"

    I hope you have a firm grasp on your hats, and that your socks aren’t easily knocked off. Because today, we truly have something special on the docket. Have you ever thought of what you’d do if you came face to face with Bigfoot, swam next to Nessie, or dare I say, set sights on the [...]

  • Learn to Code, But Don't Stop There

      Stop me if you have heard this before: "Learn to Code." A few times right? I mean, I'm sure I have written that exact statement at least a few, I don't know, 37 times here on this very blog. But why just code? You might be thinking: "What if I don’t want to learn to [...]

  • How Technology Can Improve Thanksgiving

    I know what you’re thinking…what can possibly improve Thanksgiving, the greatest of all holidays featuring a turkey? I mean, you have the 4 “Fs”: Food (way too much of it), Family (I know this one is debatable depending on who you talk to), Friends, and Football. What more could you need?But given all of that, [...]

  • 5 Programming Definitions Every Kid (& Parent) Should Know

    When I tell friends and family members (and even complete strangers) about iD Tech, I get the same question—can kids really learn programming? For anyone who isn’t a programmer, the skill usually comes off as wizardry; something only to be mastered by those who possess unworldly powers. To be honest, before being exposed to our [...]

  • Is Summer Camp Tax Deductible? [Infographic]

      I know, I know...the subjects of fun summer camp and "funless" income tax preparation don't exactly go together as well as toasted 'mallow and graham. But for as painful as taxes might be, there is some value here for anyone that sent a child to camp last summer, or is planning to in the coming [...]

  • Why You Should Register Early for Summer Camp

    It’s January. You’re probably cold, might still have holiday decorations up (tsk tsk), and are most likely holding the thought of summer camp in the deepest corner of your mind. To this point you've been thinking “I have plenty of time before I have to worry about camp arrangements.” But now, thanks to me, you [...]

  • Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide...STEM Style!

    When it comes to STEM, I’ve observed two different groups of people…the STEM "embracers" and the STEM "time-wasters." With which group do you think you identify? The embracers: those who have wholeheartedly accepted STEM; understanding that it is much more than science, technology, engineering, and math—and that it can truly make life more enjoyable…either in [...]

  • How Kids Can Start Learning Programming …Realistically

    First, a disclaimer: This post is intended for those kids and parents who are overwhelmed with all-things programming and coding, due to statements like “You MUST learn to code” and “ANYONE can learn to program.” I’m not here to dispute such declarations because I do truly believe they are accurate (“must” might not be the [...]

  • Screen Time = Learning Opp – Washington Post Features iD Tech!

    “Kids approach a problem and think of different ways to solve it.” Wise words from a former iD camper/current instructor—and a great quote featured in a recent Washington Post article! The major publication visited our camps in Washington DC, not only to catch up with students and staff, but to talk a bit about the [...]