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Kids Achieving the Impossible

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My name is Joy and I’m the VP of Camp Operations at iD, and mother of Max… a sweet, curious,  little 15 month old boy.

In a book that I own called, The Tao of Mom, I found a quote that reminds me never to underestimate my son’s capabilities.

“The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible – and achieve it, generation after generation.” – Pearl S. Buck

I remember the first time he signed “tree” in the Target parking lot. I was amazed as I had figured it would take much longer for him to learn to use sign language to communicate. Within a few months, he had mastered all the words that I had in my repertoire and he was ready for more. Luckily for me, learning more sign language to teach Max was easily accessible with the help of a book.

Languages.  There are many out there. Are your kids talking about learning languages that you’ve never heard of – Java™, C++, Python, ActionScript, PHP, 1337? We can help at iD! Our instructors actually speak the same languages as our students. The quote above also reminds me of our campers at iD Tech Camps as well… they attempt the impossible and achieve it.

If you have never experienced sending your child to iD Tech Camps, I know you’ll be amazed at what they can accomplish in one weeks time. Every time I visit a camp, or attend a Family Showcase, I am utterly blown away by everything from the video games students create to the Flash Animations they design for their websites. Their thirst for learning moves them at a faster pace than you would expect while their imaginations take them places I would never think to go. Their creativity simply oozes out of their hands, through the mouse, and onto the computer screen.

As we get ready to launch our line up of our course offerings on November 1st, I imagine parents perusing our website and reading the course descriptions with their mouth gaping wide – wondering, “How did we get here? Seriously? My child can learn how to create a 3D model of a character using Maya in one week? Can I come too?”

When I think about what future technologies are in store for Max, it boggles my mind. Have you played with an iPhone yet? Have you seen kids “Boogie” with a Nintendo Wii? I think it’s all pretty amazing. If those toys are any measure of where we are now, what courses will iD offer in 2014 when Max is ready to go? I’m sure they’ll seem impossible to me.

  • Joy, welcome to the blogosphere. Good stuff!

  • YoYoMa

    Your post is compelling. As a mom of twins after already raising two sons, I concur with what you say about their future using technologies which seem impossible to us. Plus, they learn so fast when their minds are young, fresh, and open to learning. Now, as VP of Camp Operations, can you suggest something to me for my six yr old son who is advanced on the computer? Your camps start at age seven. Do I have to reign in this kid for another year to see him achieve the impossible?