How Science Camp Preps Tech-Lovers for STEM Careers
If you’re living with a tech-lover, you know how they crave challenges. Kids with a bend toward technology love experimenting, creating and playing with high-tech gadgets. And at a KidzToPros (KTP) science camp, they’ll get to do just that! Because we gear our tech camps toward lovers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). With lots of fun thrown in for good measure, kids experience summer playtime at camp. They also advance their STEM skills to be more employable in the future.
The best science camps keep students engaged and open to all kinds of possibilities in STEM careers.
Some of the most popular, lucrative and stable STEM careers start out as seeds of interest when children are young. KTP waters those seeds with enriching, hands-on learning at science camps. As a result, they have a chance to grow and blossom.
Check out these possible fields of interest. Learn how summer science camps play a part in prepping kids for these careers now.
Biochemists work at discovering new health remedies for an aging population. They also make nearly $100,000 a year to start. Daily work involves studying biological systems. Then they apply that knowledge toward healthcare and quality-of-life solutions. This also requires a commitment to higher education. It leads most candidates through doctorate programs at the graduate level.
KTP science camps help future biochemists with instructors and curriculum designed to promote:
- Analytical Skills
- Interpersonal Communication
- Understanding & Knowledge of Math
- Time Management
Biochemists conduct scientific experiments and analyze results. This requires accuracy and precision, as well as the ability to communicate their findings. You’ll find these teachings and more with KTP’s Makerspace offerings, Arduino: Circuits & Science, and 3D Modeling.
Computer and Information Research Scientist
This is a fast growing career in high demand. Computer and information research scientists use cutting edge technology. They also solve real-world problems across a vast array of disciplines. This requires a college degree as well as graduate school. Salaries are usually well over $100,000 per year.
Some knowledge required to work in this field can be found in KTP summer science camps. This includes:
- Data science used to write algorithms, detect patterns and analyze datasets. Data can also be used to do everything from treat diseases to help prevent traffic jams.
- Robotics experience to improve how machines interact with the physical world. Scientists create robotic programs. They also work closely with design engineers. Then they test the robot’s work after completion.
- Programming and software languages. Creating new languages or improving ones we already use can make everything we do much easier. It also makes things more efficient.
From ages 4-18, KTP offers camps to get future computer scientists excited with possibilities. Young children begin with Wonder Robotics, then LEGO Robotics and Roblox Obstacle Course. Older kids advance with camps such as Python: Programming and Game Design as well as Web Design 1 & 2.
Because of our dependence on mobile devices, jobs for software developers will grow steadily in the next decade. Positions typically require a bachelor’s degree in computer science or software engineering. Some employers also require graduate degrees. Software developers typically earn a median salary of $110,000.
Skills vary, but many tech industries want software engineers and developers proficient in:
- Programming Languages
- Time Management
- Attention to Detail
Any KTP STEM camp can help your child get comfortable with the skills necessary to be a future software developer. As a result, some popular favorites include Coding & Game Design: Adventures, Arduino: Spy Camp, and Introduction to Python Programming.
Computer Network Architect
Computer network architects are highly paid professionals (median salary of $120,000.) They design and build computer networks. This also involves local-area and wide-area networks. Entry-level careers require a bachelor’s degree in computer science or information systems.
What skills does a computer network architect need in order to succeed?
- Analytical thinking to identify network issues and reach solutions based on their organizations’ resources and needs
- Attention to detail to create comprehensive, accurate designs, as well as efficient networks
- Communication skills, both verbal and written, to convey information effectively and accurately
- Leadership to guide other IT specialists through implementation and proper functioning
- Project-management skills to organize networks and also keep projects running on time
Future network architects get started with KTP Makerspace: Games & Toys, Minecraft: Structures & History, and Web Design 1 – HTML+JS+CSS (Interactive Web Pages).
Postsecondary Engineering Teacher
Those who can, teach! In order to produce the highest quality engineers, mathematicians and scientists, we need good teachers. Specifically we need good postsecondary engineering teachers. To be paid upwards of $98,000 per year often requires a Ph.D. in engineering.
These in-demand teachers must have a blend of talent and also skill in:
- Instruction – They effectively teach students what they know. Good teachers also help students learn study skills. They help kids apply that knowledge in tests and real-world applications.
- Engineering and Technology – Successful postsecondary teachers apply principles, techniques and procedures. They also create goods and solve problems.
- Design – Knowledge of design techniques, tools and principles. This is vital for teachers at the college or university level.
- Computers and Electronics – Students leave school understanding circuit boards, processors, chips, applications and programming.
What KTP camps give future educators a leg up? Everything from Minecraft Theater: Script and Perform in Minecraft to Digital Arts and Unity Game Design: 2D and 3D Games. Even Improv camp can help people feel comfortable speaking in front of an audience.
Start Now with a KTP Science Camp!
No matter your child’s interests or future career choice, KTP summer science camps help them get comfortable in the STEM world. See what doors open, and what worlds of knowledge present themselves, when kids have fun and learn using the latest technology.
Start your tech-lover on a lucrative, stable path toward STEM careers. Register today!