Campbell, CA (PRWEB) April 29, 2014
iD Tech, the nation’s leading summer STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education provider for kids and teens, has incorporated the successful Code.org Hour of Code into all iD Tech Camps programs nationwide. Students will be exposed to programming via the tutorials on Code.org whether they are enrolled in web design, video game development, filmmaking, photography, robotics, 3D modeling & animation, or app development courses. The new initiative will impact 35,000 students ages 7-17 this summer, sparking the interest of participants who may otherwise not try coding.
“Although only 10 percent of schools teach computer science, even one hour of exposure can be enough to change a student’s life, as it did mine,” explains Hadi Partovi, Co-founder of Code.org. "In the 21st century, this isn't just a course you study to get a job in software - it’s important to learn even if you want to be a nurse, a journalist, an accountant, a lawyer or even a president.”
When the Hour of Code launched last December, nearly 20 million students discovered programming in schools, workplaces, and communities nationwide, as well as online. In the online tutorials, students can program games, animations, interactive holiday cards, and more. Code.org aims to help 100 million students worldwide try an Hour of Code by the end of 2014. iD Tech Camps is expanding upon this momentum by offering the Hour of Code all summer-long—introducing programming to students across all course topics.
“Our mission is to inspire students and prepare them for over one million unfilled STEM careers,” says Pete Ingram-Cauchi, CEO of iD Tech. “Coupled with our 1-on-1 instruction, the Hour of Code demystifies programming for those who have never been exposed to it.”
iD Tech summer programs are held at over 80 prestigious universities nationwide including Stanford, Princeton, and Yale. Co-ed options include weeklong iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17 and intensive, 2-week, pre-college programs for teens ages 13-18: iD Programming Academy, iD Game Design & Development Academy, and iD Film Academy. Girls ages 10-14 can also attend Alexa Café held at Palo Alto High School in Silicon Valley. All iD Tech programs are high-energy and experiential, with an emphasis on 21st century skills like problem-solving, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and innovation.
The implementation of the Hour of Code at iD Tech Camps will provide tens of thousands of students with a glimpse into the dynamic world of computer science. By making programming more accessible to students nationwide, iD Tech is doing their part to equip kids and teens with the skills needed to succeed in over 1 million open STEM jobs.
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iD Tech engages students ages 7-18 in STEM education with co-ed summer programs held at over 80 prestigious universities nationwide, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Princeton, Yale, and others. iD Tech Camps provides weeklong day and overnight sessions for ages 7-17. There are also 2-week, pre-college, immersive teen academies for ages 13-18: iD Programming Academy, iD Game Design & Development Academy, and iD Film Academy. iD Tech 365 provides all ages a year-round online learning platform with tutorials, forums, and contests. The new Alexa Café, held at Palo Alto High School, offers weeklong day programs for girls ages 10-14, emphasizing leadership, tech, and philanthropy. Visit iDTech.com or call