iD Tech Camps Launches New Learning Service iDTech365.com

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November 1st marks the debut of iDTech365.com, the newest STEM learning tool offered by summer technology education leader iD Tech Camps. The subscription service complements regular iD summer programs, providing year-round tech tutorials, gaming tournaments, and social forums.

New online learning service.

iD Tech 365

With iD Tech 365, we’re turning students’ common instinct to consume technology and media into an educational opportunity.

A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation reported that youth spend on average over seven and a half hours a day engaged in electronic media. The key to gaining students’ attention seems to be clear: engage them online.

Summer technology educator iD Tech Camps, the leader in summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs, is taking that lesson to heart with iD Tech 365, a new subscription learning service available starting November 1st, 2011.

“We want students to get excited about STEM. We want it to be a part of their daily lives, 365 days a year,” explained iD Tech 365 developer Josh Grayson. “With iD Tech 365, we’re turning students’ common instinct to consume technology and media into an educational opportunity.” The service, which is designed to complement regular summer tech programs offered by iD in video game design, programming, app development, digital photography, and more, is a response to the most common question posed to iD by parents and students: “How can students keep building technology skills?”

iD Tech 365 will offer students in-depth technology tutorials, gaming tournaments, and social forums where they can trade tech stories and share accomplishments. The service is ideal for both before and after iD’s summer programs (although anyone can sign up), allowing students to advance existing tech skills and explore new areas of technology. In combination with the official iD Tech Camps 2012 season launch earlier this week, the debut of this new service greatly expands students' opportunities to explore technology.

iD Tech Camps already has a high rate of returning students, and with this new platform for staying connected throughout the school year, the idea is that students will have more of a continuous STEM education experience – allowing them to pick up where they left off learning in the summer and keep honing their skills. It’s also ideal for maintaining the social benefits of tech camp.

“We’ve been on the forefront of technology education for 14 years, and we know that it’s not just about the technical stuff,” explains iD Tech Camps CEO Pete Ingram-Cauchi. “Camp is about finding your social niche – the other people that love to code apps just as much as you do – and building up a community with them.” The online community – with its tournament system and multiple forums – combines the fun and camaraderie of camp with continued education and STEM skill development.

What do iD alumni have to talk about? The iPhone® apps they’ve published to the Apple® store, the gaming companies they’ve founded, the programming books they’ve written, and the film contests they’ve won. Since iD curriculum is project-based, many students use their work from camp as a jumping off point for applying their tech skills to schoolwork and personal projects. Some alumni have continued developing their final projects from camp, and published games to the app store. Others have been inspired to found tech clubs at school, or start their own businesses. With the strong social support of iD Tech 365, it will be even easier for students to share ideas and brainstorm new projects with like-minded peers.

So - spend seven and a half hours as an active, engaged media creator, or seven and a half hours as a passive media consumer? The obvious choice becomes the easy choice with iD Tech 365 and its year-round learning tools.

ABOUT iD TECH CAMPS AND iD TEEN ACADEMIES
iD Tech Camps, the World’s #1 Tech Camp, provides STEM education summer programs for students ages 7-18. Learn how to make your own video game, program your own iPhone® app, create 3D models with Autodesk® Maya®, build websites with Flash® and more. Weeklong programs are held at prestigious universities throughout the U.S. including Stanford, Princeton, UCLA and others. Teens participate in intensive two-week, pre-college Academy programs: iD Gaming Academy, iD Programming Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy. Visit http://www.internalDrive.com or call 1-888-709-TECH (8324) for more information.

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