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Teaching Kids To Code

Many kids are enthralled by the video games they play constantly, and that often leads to a curiosity about how those games work and what it takes to present the display they see.

Why computer coding can be good for your child 

The primary skill which is brought out in a child is thinking like a computer, i.e. taking a logical, step-by-step approach to solving a problem. This is something that will serve your child well in school and in life, so it’s a talent that deserves cultivation. In the broader context, familiarity with computers is a pre-requisite for doing any kind of coding, so if your child has not had a great deal of this kind of exposure, coding will certainly change that. Computer literacy is an essential skill for kids to develop today.

The creative process which is necessary for computer coding is another very worthwhile quality that should be encouraged in young people, and is given free reign in the process of creating a computer program. It cannot be overstated how valuable it is for a child to assimilate information from various sources and summarize that learning in the expression of a computer program. The thinking process is stimulated significantly, and the habit of understanding a diversity of data is a skill that will not be found in any textbook.

Creating a functional computer program is very exciting for a young person, and contributes greatly to self-confidence, because coding allows them to produce a very tangible and positive result from the fruits of their own thinking and knowledge. Kids love sharing something good about themselves, and the wonderful success of creating a working computer program is a very solid example of that kind of achievement.

Computer coding is a movement that’s rapidly gaining traction around the globe, because the benefits to children last far beyond the present. Coding can be an introduction to a fascinating world all by itself, and at the very least can provide skills that will be used for a child’s entire life.

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4 Ideas That Will Make You Want To Be A Kid Again

The great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once remarked that “In every real man is hidden a child that wants to play”, and that is a truism which has applied to men and women of his age, as well as all others up to the present time. What Nietzsche meant was that everyone who is not afraid to admit it, still has something of the child inside, no matter what their chronological age is.

Today perhaps more than at any other time, all of us adults would secretly (and sometimes not so secretly), love to discard all sense of decorum and responsibility, and just be a kid again. There are so many things in today’s world that strongly appeal to the kid in us, that we’d all like to take that flight of fancy back in time, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Here are a few ‘room’ ideas that might make you want to take flight:

Treehouse room 

Being outdoors on a wonderfully sunny day, climbing a tree, and surveying the neighborhood – what could be better for firing a youngster’s imagination? From your vantage point in the tree, your empire stretches out before you, with all the little creatures below awaiting your every command. If you can remember having this summertime fantasy yourself, you’d know that your kid would be wildly appreciative if you can duplicate the setting for him or her. If an outdoor treehouse in the yard is a bit too much of a project, an indoor treehouse bedroom will be just as good – imagination will fill in all the details. Go ahead and embrace your inner Tarzan.

Pirate captain room 

With the recent resurgence of pirating movies, more kids are imitating the pirate life than ever, and a bedroom laid out like a pirate ship would provide endless hours of seagoing adventures for your child. You could include a porthole in some temporary wall, a lookout nest that your child could climb up a ladder to, and some nautical accessories like ropes, life preservers, anchors, etc. Make them the captain and see what treasure you can find. Perhaps you will even discover that the best treasure is the time you spend with them.

Racing car room 

There are many department stores that sell junior-sized beds in the shape of a race car now, and if your child is interested in cars and racing, this could be the perfect way to enhance the bedroom for fun time. Some racing flags would add a nice touch, along with rugs that are themed as racetrack sections, maybe some small-sized tires, and some toy cars for holding championship races like the Bedroom 500. Checkered flag, here we come!

Camping room 

Kids love camping as a general rule, and by installing a tent in the bedroom, you’d be providing a window for an overnight in the woods or some other wild locale. As soon as the lights go out, the flashlights would go on, and your little camper would be inside, imagining the sights and sounds of the forest, the mountain range, or maybe the Alaskan wilderness. Think of it as camping without any mosquito bites. I’m all in.

Above all, as you make ‘room’ for your kids, they will make ‘room’ for you. Take time to explore with them and help them discover new things. After all, isn’t that what being a kid is really about?

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A Manifesto for Parents

The best entrepreneurs know that opportunity belongs to those equipped to seize it. That’s why they prepare themselves with a solid knowledge base, hands-on experience, and a real passion for their work.

But how do you equip your kids with those same keys for success? That’s where we come in.

Tech Trep Academy is an interactive learning platform dedicated to teaching technological, entrepreneurial and real-life skills. We transform a passive love of tech into constructive tools that equip kids to pursue their passions and seize new opportunities.

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Why Do Parents Homeschool Their Kids?

With a 61.8% increase over the ten-year period from 2003 through 2012, the number of home-schooled students is steadily on the rise, and that trend is predicted to continue, according to the US Department of Education (USDOE). This represents an increase from 2.2% of all students in the ages between 5 and 17, up to 3.4% over that same time period. So why are so many parents opting to have their children home-schooled, and why does its popularity continue to grow every year?

Advantages of home-schooling

Many parents who have had both – traditional schooling and home-schooling – gush about the freedom that accrues as a result of home-schooling. It is more than a little liberating to not be tied to school life and activities, for instance teacher conferences, any kind of special events, assigned homework, and even the necessity of following school hours and the school calendar.

This is a bigger issue than you might think, because by not having to get up early to have breakfast, get dressed, and catch the school bus, kids can sleep in longer and get a really good night’s sleep. Also, with no requirement to get kids to school whenever it’s in session, parents are free to take vacations at any time of the year, and can do their own special activities with kids on any day of the week.

Studies have shown that self-esteem often plummets for middle-school students, particularly among girls. The same is not true for home-schooled students, who of course do not face peer pressure or any kind of bullying at home. There is no need to find acceptance among peers or dress in trending fashions, so children are free to be themselves and develop self-confidence at an earlier age. Parents of home-schooled children cite the closer family ties between siblings and with parents themselves, since there is more time to bond and strengthen relationships among family members. Religious-minded parents are grateful for the opportunity to imbue their children with faith-based concepts at home, free of the political stress regarding religion in the school environment.

It is a documented fact that kids taught at home can cover material much faster than a classroom of children addressing the exact same subjects. While home-schoolers are sure to get off-topic occasionally, not nearly as much time is wasted as in a classroom setting, where disruptions are generally part of the daily routine. This all leads to kids getting a better education at home, both in terms of how they learn, and what they learn, since literally any topics of interest can be pursued in the home environment.

Aids to home-schooling

For the parent beginning with home-schooling, assembling a curriculum can be a little bit overwhelming. However, most states provide a required core of subjects which must be taught at each age, so this provides a foundation for the home program. Beyond that, high quality, project based, mentor supported curriculum are available from highly reputable companies to assist with this important function.

With the many benefits to educating children at home, and the terrific educational aids available, it is not at all surprising why the growth of home-schooled students continues to soar.

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A Manifesto for Kids

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a tough question.

Everyone knows what they love to do, but figuring out how your hobbies could work in the real world is a lot trickier. That’s where we come in.

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Tech Trep Academy helps you learn more about what you love, so you can do more with it.  Love Minecraft? Learn how to make a mod. Love drawing? We’ll teach you how to make your own animated movies.  We’ll give you the confidence and skills you need, and help you discover new topics and paths, so you can figure out how to succeed on your own terms.

And next time someone asks you that question, you’ll have a much cooler answer.

So you bring the courage, and we’ll bring the courses. Together, we’ll give your passions a purpose. 

Dare to Create.

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5 Incredible Courses to Supplement Homeschooling

Homeschooling is a great option for kids who like to learn at their own pace and follow their passions. In addition to math, science, and history, kids can learn how to build a website, make a movie, or design a masterpiece.

Embrace your kid’s creativity and passion with online courses to supplement your homeschooling. Tech Trep offers a variety of courses that help kids utilize technology to learn real-world skills. More importantly, our courses help kids and teens find the fun in learning.

Tech Trep courses are an awesome opportunity to supplement homeschooling curriculum. Each course is structured with units, modules, and quizzes to guide your kid through the course. Additionally, all of courses come with access to an Online Mentor to guide them through the subject material.

Here are 5 ideas of how you can supplement your child’s homeschooling with creative and fun online courses.

Minecraft Modding 1.8 with Java

Most parents see video games as a waste of time for their kids. But what if video games could be a part of your homeschooling curriculum? A win-win for parents and kids. With our Minecraft course, kids can learn the basics of Java programming while building custom game elements. Not only does this make the game more fun to play, but it also provides a fun and engaging introduction to programming.

Learn more about the Minecraft Modding 1.8 with Java course.

3D Printing and Design

If your kid has a knack for building and designing objects, take their skill to the next level by introducing them to the world of 3D printing and design. Modeling 3D objects is a great way for kids to improve their spatial awareness as they learn how objects come together, as they watch their creations come to life, layer by layer. In this course, students learn how to design and print 3D objects, use photos to scale 3D models, learn about 3D-printing applications, and even print their own custom 3D model.

Learn more about the 3D Printing and Design course.

Become a Trep

Regardless of your kid’s passion, all kids can learn how to turn their interests into marketable skills. Our Become a Trep course helps kids get started on the path to entrepreneurship. They’ll learn everything from how to earn and manage your own money, to the basics of building a business. Along the way, they’ll hear stories of other enTREPeneurs who have built their own businesses from the ground up. The course even guides kids through the process of creating a unique business plan for their own company.

Learn more about the Become a Trep course.

Drawing, Sculpting and Stop-Motion Animation

When you combine technology and the arts, the opportunities are endless. Unleash your kid’s creative potential by teaching them how to make simple drawings and sketches come to life. Our Drawing, Sculpting, and Stop-Motion Animation course teaches kids and teens everything from the basics of drawings, to the technology they need to create 3D meshes and stop-motion animation clips. This course uses Meshmixer, an online sculpting program, and HUE, a stop-motion animation software, both of which are included in the course fee.

Learn more about the Drawing, Sculpting and Stop-Motion Animation course.

Programming Foundations

Instead of teaching your kids a foreign language, why not teach them the language of computers? Programming is an extremely valuable real-world skill that also teaches kids how to solve problems, organize their thinking, and see the bigger picture. In our Programming Foundations course, kids and teens can learn how to program using MIT’s Scratch software, specifically designed to teach kids how to program. We make learning to program a fun experience, as kids learn to create interactive programs like a maze adventure and a racing game.

Learn more about the Programming Foundations course.

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Student Spotlight: Minecraft Modding 1.8 with Java Course

Tech Trep’s Minecraft Modding 1.8 with Java course teaches kids basic programming on the Minecraft platform.

This innovative course gives kids a fun and engaging experience to learn practical computer science skills for the future. The course teaches kids how to create custom items like armor, tools, plants, and more, and then they are able to create with them. Watch how Gavin discusses his experience with the course.

“It’s extra fun to mod your own stuff into Minecraft. I’m learning how to program at the same time and having a lot of fun. I get to add my own things into Minecraft and I even get to play with the stuff I added.”

Minecraft Modding 1.8 with Java motivates kids to learn computer programming because it enhances their game experience. Visit our Minecraft with Modding 1.8 with Java Course page to learn more and enroll your student today.

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Which Tech Trep Course is Right For Your Kid?

With so many fantastic course options to choose from, Tech Trep offers something for every child. Courses ranging from 3D Design and Animation to Financial Literacy, give kids as young as 8 the opportunity to learn skills that will benefit them for life. Take our quiz below to find out which course is right for your kid.

For more information about our courses, and to learn more about how kids can develop skills for their future success, check our courses.

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Is Your Child Participating in the “Hour of Code”?

Millions of kids, 5 and older, will be participating in what is being called the “largest learning event in history,” now until December 15. The Hour of Code is a nationwide event in over 186,000 schools aimed at teaching K-12 students computer science skills. Take our poll below, and let us know if your kids are participating.

Tech Trep is helping kids just like yours who are already learning computer skills for the future. To find out more about how you can help your child develop critical computer skills, and better prepare for the future, check out our innovative online courses.