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5 Interactive Events for Creative Kids

5 Interactive Events for Creative Kids

Creative kids are tough to keep engaged– they’re always on to the next thing! This can be a challenge for many parents who want to fill their students’ lives outside of school with relevant, educational activities.

Beyond your kid’s regular extracurriculars, contests and conferences are a great way to explore your kids’ interests! If you missed our post on STEAM contests for kids, check it out here. Today, we’ll cover six events that make a great enrichment activity for creative kids.

1. LEGO Kids Fest

What? LEGO Kids Fest is a 3-day event filled with fun interactive, creative and educational activities for the whole family. It’s a hands-on event where kids of all ages can make awesome creations with LEGOs and participate in other activities like rock climbing, art projects, and feats of engineering.

Who? LEGO Kids Fest is great for kids and families of all ages!

Where? When? The Fest travels around North America each year. Check their schedule to see when it stops in a city near you.

Why kids will love it: LEGO Kids Fest brings a hands-on approach to creating creators. Through the various activities offered at the Fest, each kid is sure to create something awesome during the event.

2. Young Innovators Fair

What? The Young Innovators Fair is an event that brings science, technology, engineering, and math to the forefront for kids. The Fair offers ten distinct Innovation Worlds focused on themes like robots and coding, with a variety of exhibits, activities, and experiments for kids.

Who? Young innovators ages K-12 are encouraged to attend!

Where? When? The Young Innovators Fair just passed but stay tuned to their website to see when the next event will happen!

Why kids will love it: With over 40 exhibits and attractions, kids are sure to find an activity that appeals to their interests. From launching their own rocket to learning about dinosaurs, there’s something for everyone!

3. Maker Faire

What? 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.

Who? Maker Faire gives people of all ages a chance to be makers of art, technology, or whatever sparks their interest. They also sponsor the Young Makers program, which gives kids ages 8 to 18 a space to be makers in their own communities.

Where? When? Started in 2006 in San Francisco, Maker Faire has quickly become a national phenomenon, with approximately 150 Faires all over the country last year! Find an upcoming fair near you here.

Why kids will love it: At the 10th Annual Maker Faire, there were ten workshops designed specifically for kids, including a chance for kids to create their own electronic circuit, as well as a station for kids to try their hand at woodworking. Each Maker Faire offers a new, unique experience to inspire kids and adults alike to become Makers.

4. Kids Hack Day

What? Kids Hack Day is a global series of events that give kids the chance to be creative and innovative as they invent new technologies. It’s a one-day event where kids come together to hack and make new uses of everyday items.

Who? Kids of all ages!

Where? When? Kids Hack Day has held events all over the world, from San Francisco to Sydney! The next one is happening in Sweden and you can check out their website for upcoming events.

Why kids will love it: Kids Hack Day encourages kids to think differently about the uses of items they encounter every day. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience for kids globally!

5. USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo

What? The USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo is a national science fair that aims to put the spotlight on STEM subjects. At this free event, over 1,000 STEM organizations will present hands-on science and engineering activities for people of all ages.

Who? All ages!

Where? When? The Expo will take place on April 16-17, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Find out all you need to know about attending here!

Why kids will love it: As one of the largest STEM events in the country, the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo, is a dream come true for creative kids. It’ll take the two full days to experience all of the activities and exhibits available for kids, so plan accordingly!

Events and fairs are a great way to encourage kids’ creativity and empower them to become creators. Any of these events is sure to be a great experience for the whole family!

Spotlight on Our Students: Coolest Creations by YD Kids [March 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 kids put into their courses, as well as some of the tech skills and software they learned along the way.

Many Youth Digital students are avid gamers, so this month, we’re featuring final projects from our courses that teach technology skills through creating video games. Let’s get started!

Here’s a peek at an awesome mobile game created by our student Luke G.!

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How to Get Girls Into Coding

How to Get Girls Coding

With coding being touted as the new foreign language, it’s clear that girls are falling behind in literacy.  According to Girls Who Code, in middle school, 74 percent of girls express interest in STEM subjects, but when they choose a college major, only 0.4 percent of girls select computer science. In 2015, girls made up less than 22 percent of all students who took the AP Computer Science exam. And only 18 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women.

It’s clear that girls are not receiving the same technology education that their male counterparts are. But why is it so important that girls learn to code? Continue reading “How to Get Girls Into Coding”

Is Game Design a Viable Career Path for Kids?

Is Game Design a Viable PathToday, video games are more popular than ever before, with a staggering 97% of kids playing video games. Gaming is a hobby that transcends barriers like age, gender, nationality, and income, making it ubiquitous across the young population. It’s no wonder that so many kids want to design games when they grow up!

But for many parents, a career in game design is an unknown. They’re keen to help kids pursue their passions, even if it means simply finding out early on if this is not the right path for their child. But is game design truly a viable career path for kids? Continue reading “Is Game Design a Viable Career Path for Kids?”

How Kids Can Experience Virtual Reality, The Next Big Thing in Tech

Virtual RealityIt’s often been said that virtual reality is the next big thing in tech. While originally it appeared to be merely an extension for video games, new innovations have made it clear that virtual reality has a serious chance to disrupt the world of technology as we know it. From fashion week to NASA laboratories, the possible applications of virtual reality are seemingly endless.

With an emerging technology on the brink of bursting into the mass market, it’s important to expose kids to what may be one of the biggest fields of innovation in their lifetime. But how can kids get involved with virtual reality? Continue reading “How Kids Can Experience Virtual Reality, The Next Big Thing in Tech”

6 Future Careers for Your Young Coder

Future Careers for Your CoderWhether your young student is just getting interested in learning to code or if they’re already a Java genius, a background in computer science is a crucial asset for kids to be successful later in life. After all, today’s youngest generation will grow up to be tomorrow’s innovators and creators.

The recent focus on STEAM education, coupled with the new Computer Science for All initiative proposed by President Obama, ensures that this generation will receive an improved computer science education. But why is digital literacy so important, and how will it benefit them after graduation?

A background in computer science will set your kid up for a plethora of opportunities for their future career. Here are 6 jobs your young coder could choose to pursue! Continue reading “6 Future Careers for Your Young Coder”

Game Design 101: A Guide for Parents

Game Design 101

Perhaps you grew up playing Zelda, or maybe you look on with confusion as your kid plays Minecraft. If you’re a parent of a kid today, though, you’re likely quite familiar with the world of video games. Defined as an electronic game that involves human interaction with a user interface that creates visuals on a screen such as a TV or computer monitor, video games are one of the most popular entertainment choices for kids today. According to a study by NPD, video games are now more popular than ever with kids, with 91% of kids playing video games.

From MMORPGs to sports games, there are dozens of different types of games, which appeal to players who enjoy different aspects of gameplay, such as strategy, competition, design, or adventure. Regardless of your kid’s chosen genre of game, many young gamers consider game design as their dream career path. So what is it about game design that is so appealing to kids? Today we’ll take a look at the process of designing a video game and explore why so many kids want to pursue it. Continue reading “Game Design 101: A Guide for Parents”

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

We strive to offer courses that fit every kid’s interests, so this month, we’re featuring final projects from a wide range of Youth Digital courses.

Let’s start with a mobile game created by our student Eli Z.!

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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”

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”