Month: December 2015

Spotlight on Our Students: Some of Our Favorite Projects from 2015!

Before we start the new year, we’re taking some time to look back over everything our students accomplished in 2015. From amazing final projects from our two courses released this year, Server Design 1 and 3D Character Animation 1, to innovative work from old favorites like Mod Design 1, Youth Digital kids created an impressive collection of projects!

Today, we’ll spotlight five awesome projects our students created this year.

Let’s kick it off with “An Adventure in Which Seany Boy Defeats the Creeper,” one of the first final projects from our new 3D Character Animation 1 course!

Continue reading “Spotlight on Our Students: Some of Our Favorite Projects from 2015!”

Youth Digital Receives PCMag Editor’s Choice Award

Coding education classes, especially those geared toward kids, like to use ideas from video games to make the lessons more enjoyable. Some of those programs even include introductory game-design courses, along with classes on more serious coding topics. But Youth Digital’s kid-friendly computer science classes put gaming at the forefront with their treasure trove of robust, but approachable game design, animation, and programming tutorials. The deeper kids want to go, the more the prices add up for parents, but when the content is this great, can you really put a price tag on the knowledge this Editors’ Choice award winner provides?

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5 Ways to Celebrate Creativity This Holiday Season

shutterstock_340151969The kids are out of school, parents have time off from work, and everyone’s getting together to celebrate. That makes the holiday season a great time to encourage creativity with your kids, as there is plenty of time outside the classroom for kids to embrace their creative side.

Since creativity is something that needs to be nurtured and encouraged– even celebrated! — we’ve compiled a list of ways you can do exactly that this holiday season. Continue reading “5 Ways to Celebrate Creativity This Holiday Season”

Happy Holidays from Youth Digital!

Before we start the new year, we’re taking some time to reflect on 2015 and celebrate all that our students have accomplished this year. From amazing final projects from our two courses released this year, Server Design 1 and 3D Character Animation 1, to creating work above and beyond our course curriculum, we are so proud of you, Youth Digitals!

As a thank you to all of our wonderful students and their parents, we have created a holiday video for you to enjoy.

Happy holidays, and we can’t wait to see what you create in 2016!

5 Tips to Help Your Kid Succeed in an Online Technology Course

Harper KucikOnline technology courses present an unknown challenge to their first-time students, as well as the students’ parents. Besides offering a learning experience that is radically different from a traditional classroom, online courses have their own unique teaching style and requirements. However, parents can help kids can be successful in their online technology courses with a little planning and continued commitment throughout the course.

Here are five helpful tips to help your kids get the most out of an online technology course. Continue reading “5 Tips to Help Your Kid Succeed in an Online Technology Course”

Servers 101: A Guide for Parents

Updating ServerAlthough it’s now the norm for everyone to be at least somewhat familiar with computers and the cloud, advanced technology concepts can be baffling if you don’t have extensive experience with computers. One such tech piece that you may not have familiarity with is servers, which is basically something that shares information among multiple programs or computers.

In our course Server Design 1, we teach students to create their own server using Java programming; however, we’ve heard from many parents that they aren’t quite sure what their student is creating, even by the end of the course! So we’ve compiled an informational guide to servers so that parents can better understand the purpose of a server, and the value kids get from learning to build one. Continue reading “Servers 101: A Guide for Parents”

Diginomica: Teaching Kids to Code and Create – Youth Digital Shakes Up Tech Education

How are we going to fix the educational system?” It’s a potent question that came up at tech shows I attended this year. Schooling is out of whack with the competencies adults need in the robotic gig economy.

Two keys are coding and creativity, and Youth Digitalmay have some answers. Youth Digital CEO Justin Richards can trace a fascination with games and animation back to childhood. Teaching web design to inner city kids gave him a crash course in what kids dig – and when they tune out. But Youth Digital took form when his Raleigh-Durham tech tutoring business started taking off. “We asked ourselves, ‘Why not make this available for kids around the world?’” recalls Richards.

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The Future of Fashion: Technology’s Impact on Fashion Design

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Like every industry, the fashion world has been greatly impacted by technology. From innovations throughout history like the cotton gin and sewing machines to new trends like wearable technology and performance fabrics, the way we make, wear, and consume fashion changes considerably with every new season.

New technology is poised to help the fashion industry become one of the most innovative fields in existence. Here’s a look at some technology trends that are shaping today’s fashions. Continue reading “The Future of Fashion: Technology’s Impact on Fashion Design”

Youth Digital Announces New Online Course for Kids to Create Animated Movies

Chapel Hill, NC – December 9, 2015 –Youth Digital, the leading technology education organization for youth ages 8-14, today announced the launch of 3D Character Animation 1, a stimulating online course that teaches kids how to create animated movies using his or her favorite Minecraft characters.

Today, technology skills are becoming as, if not more, important than the traditional three R’s of education. In fact, a majority of parents have purchased technology education for their kids, according to Youth Digital’s recent study, and government officials have become advocates for STEAM-related education in order to produce the next generation of creators – further emphasizing the need for educational courses like Youth Digital’s 3D Character Animation 1.

Focusing on facial expressions and biped animation, this engaging course will teach kids the necessary 3D animation skills and how to apply these concepts to bring their Minecraft story to life. Through this professional, customized animation tool, young students will have total control over every aspect of the Minecraft animation, including storyline, characters, and cinematography.

Course highlights include the following:

  • Key 3D Animation Concepts – kids will learn essential 3D animation concepts including keyframe animation, rendering and compositing, camera composition, and more.
  • Character Animation – from walk cycle development to facial expressions, kids will learn the basics of character anima¬tion.
  • Professional Software – kids will learn to use professional 3D animation software, Blender.

“3D Character Animation 1 is a unique way for kids to learn fundamental animation skills through a comprehensive learning experience that is remarkably fun, highly interactive, and rewarding,” said Justin Richards, CEO of Youth Digital. “In this course, kids will master skills that they can use to create their own animations – giving kids a productive outlet for their love of Minecraft while simultaneously teaching them the importance of attention to detail, patience and concentration, and solid computer skills.”

With digital animated movies becoming the second most popular type of movie in 2015, 3D Character Animation 1 also lays the foundation for a future career in animation.

“It’s never too early to learn 3D animation skills,” added Richards, “and Youth Digital is actively challenging kids to not just play, but create.”

The 12-month subscription ($249.99) includes: 30 hours of instruction, 1 year course access, support from online teachers, self-paced and project-based curriculum, interactive quizzes and challenges, final project, and instructor assessment.

To learn more about Youth Digital and its unique approach to technology education, please visit http://www.youthdigital.com.

About Youth Digital
Youth Digital offers a compelling mix of online courses that teach kids the critical technology concepts and skills that they will need to be successful in today’s digital world. With courses designed to be fun, interactive, and rewarding, kids ages 8 to 14 become digital creators through their breakthrough learning platform and cutting-edge curriculum. Students watch video tutorials, respond to questions, earn badges, complete interactive quizzes, and attempt challenging assignments as they step toward mastering key technology skills and professional-level software.

Founded in 2010 and based in the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, Youth Digital is committed to making technology education accessible to kids globally. Since its inception, the company has reached more than 60,000 students through its popular summer camp programs and expanding portfolio of introductory and advanced online courses. Today, students from more than 100 countries are enrolled in Youth Digital’s online courses in Java programming, game development, mobile app design, 3D printing, 3D animation, and more.