Month: October 2015

Coolest Creations by YD Kids: October Edition

It’s time for our favorite monthly series, Coolest Creations by YD Kids! Each month we showcase some of the impressive final projects created by Youth Digital students. These projects reflect all the hard work our kids put into their courses, as well as some of the tech skills and software they learned along the way.

Let’s start with “Gravity,” a final project for our App Design course by George C.!gravity-app-design

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Why Kids Should Attend a Maker Faire

Image via Maker Faire
Image via Maker Faire

Also known as the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth, Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! According to their website, Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. The Faire attracts tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, and students, and gives makers a venue to show their creations and share their learnings. Continue reading “Why Kids Should Attend a Maker Faire”

5 Technology Skills That Translate to Real Life

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While there is considerable debate about the amount of screen time kids should have, there’s no question that learning to use technology is a critical skill for today’s students. Technology is a powerful tool that kids use in their education, and it’s also an integral part of almost every career that they will have in the future.
But what are kids really learning when they use technology? In addition to the technical concepts they acquire, kids are also practicing key skills that will come in handy in all aspects of their lives.
Here are five skills kids gain when learning to use technology that they can also apply to real life. Continue reading “5 Technology Skills That Translate to Real Life”

An Introduction to the Design Process: Kid Edition

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Design thinking is generally defined as the process through which designers and engineers create something new. It’s not just for professionals, though; you’re using design thinking whenever you find a new way to solve a problem.
Parents can give their kids a head start by teaching them the design process.  Once kids have mastered the steps, there are plenty of activities that allow kids to practice the process. You may be surprised to find how many projects can be solved using the design process! From hands-on craft projects to digital creations, kids can apply design thinking in many different arenas of their lives. Continue reading “An Introduction to the Design Process: Kid Edition”

5 Reasons Your Kid Should Learn to Code

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In today’s world, coding is the new digital literacy, and its importance will only increase over time. The rate at which kids are able to learn new skills and acquire new information is astounding, and it makes a good case that kids are perhaps the best subset of the population to learn to code. Just think of the technology they’ll be able to build in the future if they’ve been programming since childhood.
Regardless if your kid is destined to be the next Zuckerberg or not, a fundamental knowledge of coding will set them up for success in school and in life. Here are five reasons that your kid should learn to code. Continue reading “5 Reasons Your Kid Should Learn to Code”

SPARKCon 2015 Wrap-Up

The Youth Digital team recently attended SPARKCon 2015, Raleigh’s annual festival of creativity. It was a blast! We love being a part of anything that celebrates creativity and innovation. SPARKCon was an exciting chance for kids from all over our home state of North Carolina to create whatever they could imagine, from art to music to Minecraft mods.sparkcon-2015

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The Upside of Screen Time

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From smartphones to game consoles, kids today are spending more time than ever in front of screens. A 2013 study by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit based in San Francisco, found that kids under 8 years old were spending about two hours a day in front of a screen. While the risks of too much screen time have received a lot of attention in the press, not many studies have been done on the positive aspects of screen time for kids. Continue reading “The Upside of Screen Time”