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Is STEM as Important as the Hype Suggests?

Most parents at this point have heard of STEM but not everyone was taught what it means. It stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s being promoted as of the utmost importance in part because occupations in STEM fields are growing at about 17% while other occupations are growing at less than 10%.

It’s not a stretch to see that people who work in math, tech, engineering, and science have important roles in the world – and they make more than people in other roles, too. STEM education doesn’t just give kids information either, it actually teaches them to think critically, increases their ability to understand science, and helps to create innovators.

The unfortunate truth is that students in the United States are falling behind other countries in STEM and other fields. That’s one of the reasons that CodeREV Kids created our unique programs to not just give kids STEM skills but to make the learning process fun.

You may be surprised by who can benefit most from STEM

At CodeREV Kids, we have kids of virtually every age and background at our summer camps, after-school classes, and all our programs. However, studies have shown that there are a few demographics who benefit even more than others from learning STEM fields.

Some studies show that there is a serious bridge between the genders and different ethnic groups in schools and the workplace, and this is certainly true in scientific fields. That’s why there have been initiatives all over the country that have helped to increase the roles of minorities and women in these fields.

In order for this to continue, we believe that kids need to get involved as early as possible. The truth is that the ideas that women or minorities don’t belong in these fields is something that children learn. We encourage parents to get their children involved before they ever hear that STEM fields are no place for women or minorities.

Come to CodeREV Kids for all your STEM needs

At CodeREV Kids, we know how important it is for kids to learn STEM from an early age, but we also know that kids aren’t going to learn if they aren’t having fun. We’ve managed to create some programs that are fun, informative, and motivating to kids. We teach them critical thinking skills, teamwork, and a lot more. Reach out to us today for more information on the variety of programs we have available.

Is STEM Really Helping Kids Succeed in the Classroom?

There’s a lot of talk about hands-on STEM projects in classrooms and how they help kids, but do they really? At CodeREV Kids we’ve seen plenty of evidence that they do but we know that not everyone is convinced. Let’s cover some of the basics of STEM based learning and perhaps even those who are skeptical will have a better understanding.

Why a focus on STEM now?

Many parents wonder why all of a sudden they’re seeing a huge focus on STEM. The truth is that the U.S. Department of Labor statistics are a big part in why educational facilities are encouraging kids to get involved in STEM projects at an early age – because there are going to be an estimated 1.4 million new jobs in information technology by the time our kids are ready to start out in a career.

Not only are there are a lot of jobs in STEM fields, but these are jobs that pay higher than other jobs do. In fact, according to the most recent statistics, the most in-demand jobs in STEM fields include technology and engineering.

Jobs aren’t the only reason that parents are turning toward STEM though. STEM projects in schools can help kids prepare for the future in a number of ways, including giving kids the skills needed to tell the difference between a fact and an opinion.

Learning in a project-based atmosphere

Think about how you learn best. Is it by reading something in a book or by getting hands-on experience with it? If you’re like most people, you know that you learn best when you’re able to try something out for yourself. Do you think children are any different? Of course not. STEM topics are perfect for hands-on learning through robotics, Minecraft games, and much more.

Are you interested in getting your kids involved?

If you’re interested in getting your kids involved in coding, one of the most interesting STEM-based projects for kids, then CodeREV Kids welcomes the opportunity to work with you. We have classes after school throughout the year, camps available during school breaks, and we even offer programs at individual schools. If you have questions about your child’s options, or you want more information on why they should get involved, feel free to reach out to us. Our passion is helping your kids discover and build their own passion for technology.

 

Can You Guess What the Best Paying Jobs in the Country Are?

Many people are likely not surprised that many of the best paying jobs in the United States are those held by doctors. According to a recent article in Business Insider, The Highest Paying Jobs in America, people in the medical field make up about half of the top 25 best paying jobs, with anesthesiologists topping the list as the best paid. But what about the others? Some were surprising to us at CodeREV Kids, but some weren’t surprising at all.

Some jobs surprised us

Would you have guessed that pilots are one of the top 25 best-paid professionals in the United States? Or that marketing managers were? Of course, CEOs are on the list, but they’re not nearly as high as we would have expected. Another big surprise was the six-figure salary of the average Physician Assistant. They must complete about 2 ½ years of post-graduate schooling, but that’s a lot less than doctors, and they can make more than some doctors, depending on the specialty of the doctor.

There was one entry on the list that didn’t surprise us at all

The least surprising job on this list came in at Number 20: Computer and Information Systems Managers. According to the article, their mean annual salary was $132,570. The article also said that there were more than 315,000 people currently working with this job title. That’s pretty impressive – and may make some worry if that’s a bubble that’s about to burst. Quite the contrary.

According to the article, the projected job growth in this industry is a whopping 15% between the time of the survey and 2020. At CodeREV Kids, this isn’t surprising. In fact, we know that there are going to be millions of jobs in the computer industry that aren’t going to get filled for no reason other than that there won’t be enough qualified people to take them.

Getting kids involved early is a great way to prepare them for a future career

At CodeREV Kids, we offer a host of classes that can get kids involved in coding, problem-solving, and the latest technological innovations. Whether they go on to be computer and information systems managers or something else entirely, it’s hard to argue against the fact that technology is here to stay and will be relevant to virtually any job they may want. Contact us today for more info on our many class offerings.

Who Really Benefits from STEM?

There’s a lot of talk about STEM education in schools these days, and the ways it will benefit students, but some parents have started to ask: Who does it really benefit? At CodeREV Kids, we believe strongly in STEM education for all kids, especially those curious about the ways technology works or those who already love playing video games, but we’re also interested in the deeper aspects of who really benefits when these programs are implemented.

A focus on STEM education can help break down barriers

If you look at the current professionals in the STEM fields, it’s easy to see there there’s a serious lack of diversity. This refers both to gender diversity and ethnic diversity. One of the great things about getting STEM classes in front of kids at an early age, is that it can change then. It can break through gender roles. It can break barriers of income, education, and ethnicity.

We live in a global world

It would be hard to argue that the world is not becoming more global. The economy is global in many respects, and finding new people for STEM careers is important if we want our economy to grow. Every single decision we make uses some aspect of STEM, but too often it’s not taught this way. CodeREV Kids and other organizations around the country are trying to change that.

The entire country benefits from STEM classes

The answer to the question is pretty simple: Everyone in the U.S. benefits if our kids are taught the principles of STEM. If overall STEM education isn’t prioritized in this country, then we can easily continue our fall from world rankings in science, math, and other essential subjects. This could prevent us from keeping our global position.

STEM education helps spark an interest in STEM careers in children as young as 3. While schools are more and more frequently offering some type of STEM, coding, or robotics classes, it’s important to not put the entire burden on them. Remember that schools across the country are often underfunded and understaffed. Many teachers aren’t much more familiar than you are with certain aspects of technology.

That’s where programs like CodeREV Kids comes in. We are here to help boost confidence, encourage problem solving, and teach critical thinking skills. To learn more about what we can offer your child, contact us today!

What is STEM and Why is it So Important to Kids?

A recent study by the U.S. Department of commerce shows that occupations involving STEM are growing at 17%. Other occupations? They’re growing at less than 10%. People who have a degree in a STEM field have a higher income than those who are involved in other careers. In fact, science, technology, engineering, and math workers are not only currently playing an essential role in sustaining the U.S. economy, but they will remain a critical component well into the future.

STEM education creates more than you may think

Many parents are surprised to learn that STEM education does a lot more than they think. In fact, it can boost science literacy, create kids who think critically, and enable an entire generation to be more than workers but to be innovators. Innovation is a necessary part of a continually growing economy. It’s clear from stats and observation that most future jobs will require at least a basic understanding of science and math.

What exactly is STEM?

STEM is an acronym that stands in for “science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It’s an essential part of everything we do every day. Science is all around us, technology is quickly expanding into every aspect of daily life, engineering is the basic foundation for roads, bridges, and taking on environmental concerns, and mathematics is used in every job and in every activity we do.

When students are exposed to STEM and given the chance to really explore concepts related to STEM, they’re more likely to take a deep interest and may end up pursuing a job in STEM. Programs like those CodeREV Kids offers gives them a chance to get involved in a hands-on way that can unleash a passion for learning you didn’t know was there. We strive to make math and science not just subjects to memorize, but important concepts that are fun and interesting.

Why is STEM so important?

The National Science Foundation is on record stating that in the 21st century, science and technology have become more important than ever before. As the world becomes more globalized, and the economy focuses more on knowledge than labor, kids will need STEM skills to succeed. Remember that STEM classes can help kids be more creative, to be better problem solvers, and to learn how to engage in the world around them instead of simply memorizing facts.

You May Be Surprised by the Ways Coding Can Help Your Children Excel

If you’re like many parents, you may think of coding as a technical skill. While it certainly is a technical skill, it’s also a lot more. It helps kids interact with the digital world in a different way and encourages them to become makers instead of doers. Studies have shown that coding improves computational thinking skills, which can give incredible advantages you may not have thought.

Coding is a great way for your children to practice math in the real world

People used to say that if a person is interested in programming then they should get good at math. Now it looks like the opposite may be true. Parents and educators alike agree that when kids learn how to code, their math skills are naturally improved – and they claim that math is more fun. Indeed, it certainly ends that age-old question kids typically have of math: When are we even going to use this?

Coding can help improve writing skills

Above all else, coding is creative. It allows children to combine their love of technology with a (sometimes) newfound love of art. Kids can tell interactive stories, they can create their own storytelling parties, and they can learn new skills that will improve their writing – all while having the time of their lives.

If you want to boost creativity then coding is a great place to start

There’s plenty of research out there that creativity isn’t just something we’re born with – it’s a skill that can be taught and that can be developed. When kids learn coding, they cultivate three qualities that can all improve creativity:

  1. Whole-brain thinking
  2. A desire to become a creator
  3. The mindset of an experimenter

Confidence is important and coding can help increase it

Don’t get stuck thinking that the only reason you’d want your kid to learn how to code is because you want them to grow up and become a programmer. While it’s true that it may open up doors in the future – in a variety of fields – it’s also true that psychologists agree that the way to boost confidence in kids is to boost independence and problem-solving. Coding can do all that and more.

Are you ready to learn more? CodeREV Kids is here to teach your kids the fundamentals of this exciting, invigorating, and creative field.

Summer STEM Programs Are Helping Kids All Over the Country

There are many ways to get kids excited about STEM programs and a lot of cool programs all over the country that are doing just that. The Kane County Chronicle featured an article titled STEM program at Elburn library helps children learn this summer that details one program.

Chris Walker writes, “Although it’s the middle of summer, some kids haven’t stopped learning. Emily Owen, a fifth grade teacher at Blackberry Creek Elementary School, is leading a science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM – program for second- to fifth-graders at Town & Country Public Library in Elburn.

It’s the first time the program has been offered at the library and, with 21 participants, it has been deemed a huge success. It will run through the end of July. “It’s been really well received,” Owen said. “If we were in the classroom there probably would be a little more planning and stuff because we would have more time, but with just an hour [per week], we’re a little bit more on the play and problem-solving focus. … It’s worked out very well.”

Lily Lake resident Abby Drommerhausen has both of her kids, Emma, 7, and Joshua, 5, in the program. Drommerhausen said she has been pleased. “One of my girlfriends has kids in the program so she’s the one who told me about it,” she said. “My kids just love it. My daughter isn’t into princesses – she’d rather do puzzles – and this has been a perfect fit for her.”

Like many parents with school-age children in the area, Drommerhausen knows keeping a kid’s mind challenged throughout the summer months can be difficult. “It gets to a point where reading and doing stuff with Mom gets a little boring for them,” Drommerhausen said of her kids. “This is something that’s great for the kids, plus not all the kids are social, so this kind of forces them to be social.”

One of the major advantages of a STEM-based program is that teachings often can be incorporated into many others thing in life, which is something Owen advocates. “There’s a lot of critical thinking and engineering-type things that go into STEM,” Owen said. “These are the kinds of things that are going to be huge no matter where you end up in life. Being able to diagnose a problem, then come up with an idea and design a solution, is going to go a long way toward helping them regardless of what they do.”

Of course, at CodeREV Kids we believe that STEM skills are essential for your kids. Not only do they build creativity but these are problem-solving kids that can serve them for the rest of their lives. Check out our spring classes or take a moment to learn more about why coding is so important.

The Fun Way to Keep Kids Learning Over the Summer

There isn’t always agreement over how much sense it makes in today’s world to have a summer break from school and more and more schools are turning to a year-round model with shorter breaks throughout the year. Whether you support summer vacations or not, there’s plenty of evidence that kids can lose valuable skills when not challenged over the summer months.

That’s where incredible STEM-based programs come in. We ran across a very inspiring article in The River City News titled Summer of STEM Aims to Keep Kids Learning Over School Break that could inspire anyone.

The author writes, “This summer’s 17-year cicada hum will be drowned out by the shrieks of discovery, the pure delight and joy as children of all ages and walks of life from the Cincinnati region participate in summer camps, activities and classes during the Summer of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) that combats brain drain with active, engaged learning.

While many offerings are highly developed by longtime STEM-focused organizations, the collaboration and network Summer of STEM (SOS) ties together is new.

ArtsWave’s Kintner was grateful her organization, the nation’s largest and oldest community arts campaign, had the technology to enable a joint listing of arts and STEM activities. “The efficiency of that platform,” according to Kintner, “enabled cincyartsandstem.org and a richer, more comprehensive tool.” The unusual pairing of art and STEM “gives kids new access points and the chance for STEM educators and parents to see arts opportunities at the same time,” Kintner said.

“As Cincinnati becomes a hotbed for the maker movement, start-ups, entrepreneurial culture and tech support, it’s really important that our century-old arts institutions are not relegated to or stuck in the past in actuality or public perception. One way to ensure the cutting edge is to be closely aligned with the new future and the new economy. Cincyartsandstem.org is one manifestation of that vision.”

“Because there’s so much design work in engineering and everything has a creative bent, we don’t want to limit these kids,” Kelley said. “Whether it’s ballet or biology camp, they can find resources in the same place.”

“Our highest order for Summer of STEM is to keep kids engaged in a natural asset: a giant, outdoor science lab,” said Mary Adams, GCSC program manager and former Procter & Gamble (P&G) executive. Uniting education and business partners, non-profit organizer GCSC opens STEM educational and career possibilities to meet the accelerating regional demand.”

At CodeREV we’ve been well aware for years that STEM-based summer camps can have a huge and lasting impact. We’re always glad to see other areas of the country embracing the evidence. Are you curious about after-school or summer camp options in the Los Angeles area and beyond? Contact us today!

Interest in STEM Camps Grows Around the Country

There’s no shortage of kids interested in attending STEM camps. We see it year after year at CodeREV kids, but other areas of the country are seeing the same results. The Newark Advocate recently published an article titled Nearly 170 kids attend Newark school’s first STEM camp that tells the story of one camp’s incredible success.

Maria DeVito writes, “Jesse Freeman and Jacob Brechbill spent an hour coloring together last week. But they weren’t drawing just any picture. The two programmed a small robot to follow a path they had drawn with markers. The robot registers colors and will perform actions such as stopping, speeding up or turning around when it goes over certain hues.

“I had no clue this was even a thing,” said Jesse, an 11-year-old who will be entering sixth grade. “I’m not a big fan of coloring, but this is awesome.” Jesse and Jacob, a 10-year-old who will be a fifth-grader, both had limited experience with robots, but programming was new to them. “I don’t think I’d ever be able to have an experience like that ever,” Jesse said. “This is the first time that I’ve been able to play around with robotics, play around with color coding, and I think it’s just amazing.”

Jesse and Jacob were two of nearly 170 fourth- through ninth-grade students who participated in Newark’s first STEM camp last week, which focused on science, technology, engineering and math. The five-day camp’s theme was amusement parks; students designed carnival games and rides, learned coding, and worked with 3-D printers and circuits.

Rebecca Holloway, a seventh-grade science and pre-engineering teacher at Liberty Middle School, said it was amazing to watch the students throughout the week. “I love how they just take the challenge and they go,” she said. She has always taught middle school kids and was nervous to work with the fourth- through sixth-grade students, but her fears were unwarranted.

“I’ve been amazed at how they’re able to really plan things out. They’re taking the challenge. They’re going along with it,” she said of the younger students. “It excites me about what’s going to come up my way.” Maura Horgan, Newark’s director of curriculum and staff development, said the district provides camps for boys and girls basketball, volleyball, soccer and other sports and wanted to offer a STEM camp as well. The camp was free to students, who also were provided a free lunch and transportation if needed. Because of the camp’s success in its first year, Horgan said the district will do it next year as well. Teaches have already started brainstorming about what they can do to improve the camp.”

Our experience at CodeREV has been incredibly similar. The kids who come to our summer camps, after-school classes, or any of our other offerings, are excited about science – some for the first time. Is your kid ready to join us?

No Surprises: Early Access to STEM Classes Has Significant Impact

At CodeREV we’re big supporters of kids having access to hands-on STEM experiences as early as possible. A recent article is showing that when this happens in undergraduate courses, it has a rather expected effect on graduation rates. The article titled Hands-On Science in the Classroom Boosts STEM Retention Almost 25 Percent in Photonics Media lays it all out.

The author writes, “A recent study found that a student’s chances of completing a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degree significantly increases when he or she participates in course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), which engage students in hands-on research at a large scale. Researchers from the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science analyzed data from more than 4,000 students who participated in the Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) at the University of Texas. Using propensity score-matching to control for student-level differences, the researchers tested the effect of participating in FRI on students’ probability of graduating with a STEM degree and their probability of completing a degree in six years. In students who completed all three semesters of FRI, likelihood of graduating increased from 66 to 83 percent, and likelihood of graduating with a STEM degree increased from 71 to 94 percent.

The results, which were similar across all demographic groups, indicate that potentially for every ten students who participate in FRI, two will graduate who would have otherwise dropped out or taken longer than six years to get an undergraduate degree; and almost three more students will earn a STEM degree because they participated in the program.

FRI puts first- and second-year undergraduates in faculty-led labs where they perform discovery-based research on questions and problems of interest to the scientific community. Students choose projects from more than 25 different areas in the life sciences, physical sciences and computer science. They have the opportunity to make discoveries that are relevant to stakeholders outside the classroom and engage in troubleshooting, problem solving, and building off one another’s progress in ways that resemble the practice of STEM.”

These are some pretty impressive statistics but it stands to reason that if you get kids involved at an even younger age, the results could be even more impressive. And that’s why CodeREV has made it our mission to do just that. Check out our summer camps for more information.