IN A classroom at Imperial School London, college students sit hunched over laptops, typing traces of code. Simply 9 years outdated, they’re attending Firetech, a British expertise summer time camp for youngsters. Programs embody “Junior Augmented Actuality” and “Creating for YouTube”. Such programmes are proliferating in lots of international locations. They pander to 2 frequent calls for from well-off mother and father: to entertain kids over the lengthy summer time holidays and to offer them a leg-up over their friends.
At most American summer time camps kids nonetheless commune with nature and sing round a campfire. However some camps cater to extra area of interest pursuits, corresponding to neuroscience, outer area and even atheism. Tom Rosenberg, chief government of the American Camp Affiliation, says a rising quantity concentrate on abilities in demand at trendy workplaces. The proportion providing science, expertise, engineering or maths programmes, as an illustration, rose from lower than 1 / 4 in 2014 to nearly a 3rd in 2017.
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