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Student Spotlight: Become a Trep

One of Tech Trep’s most popular courses is the Become a Trep Course. This course teaches kids the basics of building and managing a company and how to handle money in the process.

Become a Trep, or enTreprenuer, gives kids the knowledge to turn a passion or idea into a real business. Creating, designing and selling an idea and becoming an entrepreneur is something a lot of kids think about. Today’s schools are not doing enough to cultivate the creativity in the minds of the rising generation and encourage building a dream. Tech Trep can enable kids, as young as 8, to start and manage a basic business. If your child is starting a business at 8, just image what they will be doing at 18.

“I like to earn money and give to the poor…On the first year we work hard, on the second year we work smart. On the third year we invest and invest.”

Kids like Maylee and Benjamin are getting learning invaluable skills and starting businesses today. Check out our Become a Trep course page to get your kid started building a business and doing things they never knew they could.

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Is your kid ready to be an entrepreneur in 2016?

Many kids dream of being a rock star, a famous athlete, or an astronaut. Other kids set their goals a little more down to earth, with eyes set on owning their own business or creating a new product to sell.

How do you know if your kid is ready to become an entrepreneur? Here are three real-world skills your kid needs to become a successful entrepreneur, along with tips for developing these skills in 2016.

Passion

Does your kid have passion? Whether they’re interested in the arts, technology, business, or a combination of the three, passion should be the starting point. Passion is what drives kids to develop come up with the next big idea.

Does your kid want to be an entrepreneur, but doesn’t have a business idea? Encourage them to explore their hobbies and interests to look for an undiscovered opportunity. Great ideas start with a natural interest—passion can’t be forced. In addition to being the spark to great ideas, passion can help your kid move forward when they encounter hurdles to their success. Being an entrepreneur means not being afraid of failure.

Teaching your kids to be passionate starts by encouraging them to explore their own interests, whether through additional learning opportunities or simple encouragement. When they meet an obstacle, point them towards brainstorming solutions instead of feeling defeated.

Creativity

Entrepreneurship is all about creativity. Many people assume that you’re either born creative, or you’re destined to a lifetime of dull, uninteresting ideas. But it turns out that creativity can be taught and learned, even for people who aren’t naturally creative. This BBC article from 2014 discusses how it’s possible to prime the mind for creative ideas to emerge. Gerard Puccio, the chair of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College, even goes so far to say that creative thinking “[Is] no longer a luxury. It’s about survival.”

There are many ways you can foster creativity in your kids and teens. First, identify the ways in which your child likes to express their creativity. This can take on any number of activities, but encourage them by providing the time and resources necessary to explore. Encourage their ideas without interjecting—autonomy is key for them to explore new concepts.

Business Savvy

Business savvy is crucial for any kid who hopes to become an entrepreneur. You can have all the passion and creativity in the world, but if you don’t know how to organize your ideas into a profitable, business model, it’s difficult to make any progress. Of course that’s not to say that your kid’s creative efforts need to be profitable, but giving them the foundation they need to do so gives them that option.

Luckily, business savvy is a lot more straightforward to teach than creativity or passion. Teaching your kids about money can start at a young age, by giving your children an allowance and showing them how to budget that money. Kids who are a little older can benefit from a financial literacy course that will teach them to apply real–life financial principles and make informed decisions about personal finances. If your kid is ready to take the business world by storm with their own ideas, there are even classes that can teach them to develop a business plan.

Regardless of whether or not your child is ready to become an entrepreneur, it’s never to early to start teaching them the principles of passion, creativity, and business savvy.

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Student Spotlight: Sound and Audio Mixing

Tech Trep’s Sound and Audio Mixing is a course that covers everything from music effects and sound mixing, to navigating copyright and intellectual property.

Sound and Audio Mixing enables kids to create and explore while teaching them technical skills. In this course students use digital audio editing software called Audacity to edit, create, and mix music.

 

“I wanted to show the whole world that I make my own music. Music makes me feel good because it’s soothing and I like listening to it, playing it, and making it. The making is the best part. “

Sound and Audio Mixing is so fun it doesn’t feel like learning, but kids are learning skills that world can hear. Check out Sound and Audio Mixing Course page to learn more, and get your student making some music.

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Educational Tech Gifts for Your Kid

Take a look at your kid’s holiday wish list this year and you’re likely to see the usual culprits—a laptop, a smart phone, a tablet, video games, or maybe even a nice camera. But instead of giving your kid yet another gadget, why not give them something they can learn from?

While you may be doubtful that your kid would enjoy an educational present, hear us out. Educational gifts that relate to your child’s hobbies and interests are a great way to empower their interest in the subject and encourage further exploration. Learning real-world skills, while having a blast creating cool new projects, is a great way to inspire your kids to take learning into their own hands.

So instead of giving your kid a video game, give them a course that will teach them to design a video game of their own. Instead of giving your kid an iPod, give them a course that will teach them how to mix and record their own music. You get the idea!

If you think your kid would love to get a Tech Trep course this holiday season, take a few minutes to learn more about our great courses. Each course comes with interactive content, demo videos, checkpoints, projects, and required software (unless otherwise noted), as well as unlimited access to an Online Mentor.

We offer courses for all types of kids. Based on your kid’s interests, here are some suggestions for a few of our most popular courses.

Educational Kids Courses for Artists

Does your kid love to draw, sketch, and doodle on every scrap of paper they can find? While some kids who love art would love a pad of paper and a pen, our art courses for kids can inspire them to take things to the next level by combining their artistic eye with modern technology. If they’re interested in visual arts, they may enjoy 3D Design & Animation or Drawing, Sculpting & Stop-Motion Animation. If your kid is a mini Mozart, they may be more interested in our Sound & Audio Mixing Course. Our courses are a great way to provide structure to your kid’s creative exploration.

Educational Kids Courses for Techies

Do you have a hard time pulling your kids away from the video games? It’s a challenge that many parents face. So instead of buying your kid yet another video game this holiday season, meet them in the middle with one of our online courses for tech kids. Courses like Minecraft Modding 1.8 with Java teach your kids how to customize their favorite video games while learning the basics of Java and coding. Or, they can even create their own game using our Game Design and Development course. If your kid is more interested in learning how to code, they may enjoy our Programming Foundations course. All of these courses offer great opportunities to spark your kid’s interest in programming.

Educational Kids Courses for Entrepreneurs

Is your kid the one hawking lemonade on the street corner? Are they always dreaming up new inventions or creating ideas for new businesses? Our courses for youth entrepreneurs (we like to call them “treps” for short) give kids a great, age-appropriate intro into managing finances and creating business plans. Financial Literacy for Youth or Become a Trep are both great course options. While any budding entrepreneur always wants cash for Christmas, this gift will help them learn how to use it wisely.

Take your kid’s learning to the next level this year with a fun and creative educational holiday gift!