If your children are showing a clear interest in entrepreneurship, and you're trying to help them along that path, tech companies might be the way to do that.
Apple on Monday announced its 2019 Apple Camp registration for stores across the U.S., Canada, and several other countries around the world. Apple Camp will be held at Apple Stores and is designed for kids between the ages of 8 and 12.
There are four different tracks to choose from:
- Creating Your Own Song with GarageBand: Learn how to use Apple's music-mixing app to create their own music.
- Designing Your Dream Park with iPad: Create a park from your imagination using the Procreate app on their iPads.
- Coding Fundamentals and Programming Robots: Code Sphero robots and create a full environment for your robot to live in.
- Directing Your Own Movie with Clips and iMovie: Learn how to capture video and edit a film using Apple's iMovie app.
Each tracks spans three days, and each session is 90 minutes each. Your kids will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Apple Camp isn't, of course, the go-to path for entrepreneurship. And there are certainly other ways to learn about the business world without Apple's services. But it helps to illustrate a very important fact: in the technology industry, knowing how to code and being creative is critical to your child's future.
Most of what you enjoy in today's technology industry has been created by programmers that know how to code. That code becomes the framework for powering software, online services, and user interfaces. Without coding, technology simply wouldn't be technology.
And like it or not, we're living in a technology-obsessed world dominated by services. Many in the technology industry -- and myself included -- believe the entrepreneurs that will develop over the next couple of decades will need to have at least basic coding knowledge to succeed.
Apple has been one of the more outspoken proponents for developing coding skills in children. And Apple has correctly said that coding is a universal language and a way for people around the globe to connect. Absent coding and our world is not nearly as connected as it could be.
Apple has also been a strong supporter for building creativity skills in our children. Too often, creativity takes on a less important role in the classroom. And along the way, the creators of tomorrow might lose some of their innate ability and desire to create.
That said, I'm also fully aware that coding and creativity are not for everyone. And there are certainly cases where kids are just not interested. But if your kids are showing interest in entrepreneurship and have interest in understanding how the technology they play with works, teaching them coding is a great place to start. And if you find the Apple Camps are sold out, check out iD Tech and Kids4Coding, so you can see other options.
So, maybe it's time to think about Apple Camp and other similar places where you can bring your kids to experience all that coding has to offer. The process won't be easy and they will be challenged, but there's obvious value in that. And along the way, you might just be equipping tomorrow's entrepreneurs with critical skills.