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  • You Know the Definition of STEM, but How Well is STEM Defined?

    You’ll find that most definitions of STEM encompass the following points: STEM is the ever-popular acronym referring to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. There isn't enough STEM curriculum incorporated into K12 education. Proficiency in STEM skills is a must for anyone traversing the future job landscape. (Here is a more formal definition of STEM from [...]

  • STEM Education News You Should Know About

    One of the coolest things about STEM is that no matter the size of your city or state, there is always something going on that can be tied directly to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. If you frequent major publications like Forbes and others, you already know that a lot is being said about STEM education—which is [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • What is Coding? It's One Thing to Me, Another to You.

    Coding is telling a computer what to do through step-by-step commands. These commands form a set of instructions for the computer to execute and attain a specific outcome. Coding is the foundation of the apps on your phone, the video games you enjoy, websites, robots, and much more. They’re all made with code, through the act [...]

  • 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, [...]