Looking for a Summer Activity for Your Kids? Try a Coding Camp!

Does your kid like to reassemble his toys? Does she pride herself in building things from scratch? You might be raising a future coder.

three middle school students huddle over a computer monitor while working on an assignment

The next generation is growing up as digital natives and fostering an interest in how to create the technology we all use can be beneficial beyond future job prospects. Coding camps are popping up around the country to make programming more accessible and fun to kids at younger and younger ages. These programs are especially beneficial for girls who may have an interest in science and math as STEM has been a notoriously male-dominated field. There will be a projected 1.4 million (million!) job openings in STEM over the next decade, so the demand for these skills is sky-high! Companies like Tech Birmingham are working to change this locally here in Alabama by offering coding programs for kids this summer.

Kids Code Camp logoCamp Innovation kicks off on Monday, July 31st through August 4th. The campers (all rising 6th, 7th, & 8th graders) will be learning not only coding skills to create their own apps, but also team building skills with their fellow coders. 

100 Girls of Code logo Birmingham, AlabamaTech Birmingham also hosts the Birmingham chapter of 100 Girls of Code, which encourages young girls to explore their interest in STEM by providing opportunities to learn and be mentored by women programmers. Programs like 100 Girls of Code and Girls Who Code are helping to shake up the gender disparity in tech in a currently male-dominated field.

Like music and art classes, encouraging kids of any gender to explore tech helps build confidence and self-esteem. Even if your kid isn’t the next Grace Hopper, she can gain some skills and knowledge to understand our increasingly digital landscape.

About Mary Katherine

A born organizer and go-getter, Mary Katherine is a wizard when it comes to deciphering scheduling apps and puzzling our complicated schedules together so projects get done right — and right on time. She can coorelate, catalog and coordinate with the best of them, and her experience as a web designer and forays into the world of SEO mean she can come in with the assist on projects big and small. Mary Katherine worked in theater in New York City before coming to Infomedia; if all the world’s a stage, we’re glad she’s shined her spotlight back in Birmingham.

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