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techie camp teaches kids tech, prepares them for future careers

Tech Corps, the Columbus-based organization that brings technology education to school age children around Ohio, is bringing Techie Camp to Cleveland this summer at the University Settlement. The goal is to teach elementary and middle school kids computer programming, robotics and web development to better prepare them for a future in technology.
 
“Kids today are technology savvy, but there’s a real disconnect between the technology they use and programming,” says Lisa M. Chambers, national director of Tech Corps. “We know they like to play video games, but we want them to design video games.”
 
Techie Camp is designed to change that with a hands-on introduction to the field.
 
Sponsored by Time Warner Cable of Northeast Ohio/Western Pennsylvania, Techie Camp is a week-long program designed to educate and excite participants in technology and prepare them for future careers in the field. The hands-on program features daily projects on specific topics.
 
Studies show that even though today’s students are proficient in computers, very few express an interest in going into a technology career.

“Last year we didn’t see an increase in the United States in kids planning on a degree in computer science,” says Chambers. “We really have to make sure we have an early involvement with these kids. If we start teaching technology at an early age, so it becomes a part of the conversation early on, then they say, “this is what I want to do when I grow up.’”
 

Source: Lisa M. Chambers
Writer: Karin Connelly
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