Summer camps go high-tech

April 25, 2018 11:28 AM

(NBC News) A new breed of camp can make it fun for kids to learn tech and engineering skills that could one day translate to a job.

More camp programs are letting kids build, code and fly. 

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Campers ages 11 to 17 get to build their own drones at Flymore Academy.

Wiring, soldering and programming are all taught in preparation for lift off.

"The parents love that their kids are not just having fun with drones, but also learning some skills as well and learning some engineering concepts to go with it," says Flymore's Miller Morrow. 

S.T.E.M. and tech camps aim to give kids a learning experience without it feeling like school by pairing hands-on activities with topics that interest them.

Specialized programs at iD Tech Camps teach marketable skills that could be the catalyst for a career in technology.

"There are 2.4 million open stem jobs in the U.S. alone right now," notes iD Tech's Joy Meserve.

That's why iD Tech is among many camps trying to attract more girls by launching a female-focused program called "Alexa-Cafe".

Enrollment has doubled over the last three years, but girls still make up less than 30 percent of campers. 

"We've really got to spark that interest and nurture that interest, especially with girls," Meserve says.

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