Month: February 2016

WRAL TechWire: Teach Students to Learn AND Code, Says Startup Youth Digital’s CEO

Talking STEM jobs or how to code is not enough to excited students about future careers.

“Technology represents an amazing opportunity for young people, but instead of trying to build their interest by telling them it will help them get a job, I think it’s more effective to emphasize the empowerment and opportunity that technology education offers them,” says entrepreneur Justin Richards, the 27-year-old founder and CEO of Chapel Hill startup Youth Digital.

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Spotlight on Our Students: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day


Today marks the 15th year of Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, or Girl Day, a program sponsored by DiscoverE which aims to introduce more than one million girls and young women to engineering. More than just a day, this is a national movement to show girls how creative engineering is and how engineers are changing our world. Girl Day is one of the key events in Engineers Week, an annual event which lasts from February 21 to 27, 2016. Continue reading “Spotlight on Our Students: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”

Why the White House Committed $4 Billion to Technology Education

Why the White House CommittedIn January, President Obama announced a new initiative called Computer Science for All, which proposed over $4 billion in funding for schools across the US to increase their computer science offerings. The President’s aim with this initiative is to empower a generation of American students to learn the technology skills they will need to become creators, not just consumers, in our digital world. Sounds familiar to us! Continue reading “Why the White House Committed $4 Billion to Technology Education”

6 Kid-Friendly YouTube Channels for Your Young Minecraft Fan

For many young Minecraft fans, their love of the game extends far beyond the time they spend playing. Kids can pass endless hours researching new mods, reading blogs, and especially watching Minecraft videos on YouTube. From tutorials on creating new items and buildings to fun Minecraft animations, these videos receive thousands of views every day.

From concerns about inappropriate language to servers that contain indecent items, the sheer amount of Minecraft content available on YouTube can make it difficult for parents to discern which videos are age-appropriate for their kids. However, there are plenty of Minecraft videos out there that will delight kids and earn a stamp of approval from discerning parents. Here are six YouTube channels, featuring Minecraft videos, that are suitable for kids. Continue reading “6 Kid-Friendly YouTube Channels for Your Young Minecraft Fan”

Fashion Design 101: A Guide for Parents

Fashion Design 101 A Guide for Parents

Whether you’re an avid Project Runway fan or if you dread shopping for new clothes, fashion is an integral part of our everyday lives. Different styles, patterns, and colors are only a few of the choices we make when it comes to getting dressed in the morning. But have you ever thought about the process that creates fashion? It’s likely that more skill and effort went into the shirt and shoes you’re wearing than you presume.

Maybe you have a young fashion fan at home, or are simply curious about the technology and skills required to be a fashion designer. Today, we’ll be taking a look into the world of fashion design and why parents should nurture their kids’ interest in it. Continue reading “Fashion Design 101: A Guide for Parents”

How to Raise a Future Entrepreneur

How to Raise a Future Entreprenuer

Whether you dream of running a coffee shop or creating the next popular social network, many people aspire to start their own business one day. And while plenty of us will not realize that dream, parents can still inspire an entrepreneurial streak in their kids. So how do you raise your kids to be an entrepreneur? Continue reading “How to Raise a Future Entrepreneur”

5 Fun Apps for Kids, Created by Kids!

shutterstock_155810690When you think of app developers, you most likely don’t think of kids. But the younger generation has a natural affinity (and in many cases, talent) for technology, and they are already changing the game in the world of mobile apps. Through online app development courses, young coders are not only creating their own apps, but also sharing those apps with the world on the App Store. Today, we’re highlighting 5 fun, kid-friendly mobile games that were created by kids. Continue reading “5 Fun Apps for Kids, Created by Kids!”

Parents and Technology Education: Challenges and Opportunities

1Gone are the days where education was as simple as reading, writing, and arithmetic. Today, students are expected to learn a variety of skills and subjects to keep up with our changing world. From foreign language to technology, expectations for what kids should learn in school have been drastically altered in the digital age.

One critical component of the new curriculum for students is technology. Not only is the internet a critical tool for learning, but almost all careers require knowledge and use of some sort of technology. As an emerging trend, technology education presents numerous challenges for students, parents, and educators, but it also provides a unique opportunity for students. Continue reading “Parents and Technology Education: Challenges and Opportunities”

Spotlight on Our Students: Coolest Creations by YD Kids [January 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.

This month, we’re putting the spotlight on our courses that feature 3D technology: 3D Character Animation 1, 3D Printing & Modeling 1, and 3D Animation 1!

First, we’ll watch a project from our newest course, 3D Character Animation 1. Titled Run for It!, this animation was created by Youth Digital student Sam B.

Continue reading “Spotlight on Our Students: Coolest Creations by YD Kids [January Edition]”