Tech Dives

Deep dive into world of Technology

Tech DivesFuture is now, Future is You! Today's young people will need to be 21st century thinkers, able to recognize problems and opportunities, understand the complex and varied systems in which those problems and opportunities exist, weigh the pros and cons of potential solutions, and proceed wisely with enacting their decisions.

Program Summary
Students learn and create advanced, highly creative, fun technology projects in this program. They learn Cloud computing concepts using Google apps, Salesforce apps. Students also dive into App Development advanced concepts with iPhone, Android OS. They learn how to integrate Game design with Artificial intelligence. This course helps students take a deep dive into Python Technology and learn to design and develop Games using this powerful programming language. They understand essential programming constructs such as Logic, Loops, Sequencing, Conditional branching, Control structures, data manipulations and learn to use software toolsets. Students follow analytic and creative approach to identify & discover their idea, design and implement their idea to create rich technology ideas in this course. The pride of "creating" technology is the highlight of this course. As students create these projects, they learn to work in a team setting and work collaboratively and reason systematically. Students listen to guest speakers from STEM industry and participate in friendly contests and win prizes. This program helps students develop meaningful 21st century skills and prepares them to take on advanced areas of Technology with greater levels of confidence and understanding. Please see program outline for more details. Please see program outline and schedule below for more details.

Prerequisites: Pre-requisites for Tech Dives is a successful completion of Tech Start Program. It is important to understand fundamentals of technology and programming using Tech Start, before delving deep into Tech Dives. If your son/daughter have already completed similar technology programs elsewhere, please contact us to check if the pre-requisite may be waived.

Who should join this program?
The curriculum for this program is customized for learners ages 9-14 and delivered in small student groups. Learn with individually tailored lessons and make every idea of yours (big or small) count! Students will be placed in age appropriate sessions.

Why Tech Dives?
Tech Dives is designed to offer students a deep dive into the key 21st Century skills - Technology. With newly learned computational concepts and the systematic approach to implementing it, students are ready to explore and implement their own ideas. We make technology projects fun and exciting for students. Imagine elementary and middle schoolers feeling perfectly comfortable with technology constructs surrounding them, and take a deep dive into development concepts, methodologies, able to create an idea, implement that idea with high level of confidence and comfort. That is what this program offers. At the end of this program, your student would have taken deep dive into what amounts to life skills needed for 21st century - Technology, confident to take on complex challenges, able to think and comprehend advanced level of logical thinking and problem solving and having a lots of fun doing it.

This course is conducted at our facility - 4260 Westbrook Drive, Suite 109, Aurora IL (near Fox valley Mall) as an evening / weekend program and/or as an after-school program around various schools in the Chicago-land area. Please see schedule below for more details.

Course fee - $299.00. One time registration fee of $25.00 applies.

Program Outline
Our programs are designed to excite and enrich students in the Technology strand of STEM. Please follow link to see more details about the program: Program Outline

Program Schedule

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Small class sizes
We guarantee small class sizes. Why? Because our teaching philosophy is premised on personalization and individual attention – your path, at your pace. HoneZone's experienced and skilled instructors guide students through customized curriculum with 1-on-1 teaching. The immersive environment is ideal for fostering creativity and learning.

Our Personalized Instruction Promise
Our innovative curriculum is premised on a blended learning strategy. Students receive blended (or hybrid) instruction with live 1-on-1 instruction from our team of educators. Small class sizes allow students to move along at an appropriate, customized pace. Students spend an hour every week in session, but there is also plenty of opportunities to continue creating technology at their own leisure to give students a fun, well-balanced learning experience.

My son/daughter work their iPhone, iPad with ease, don't they already know Technology?
While students work their iPhone, iPad, iPod and Games apps easily, the key to their success is to understand the inner workings of the technology involved in creating those apps and games. At HoneZone, they will learn to "create" those games and apps, rather than just "use" them. It is the practical application of those ideas and the creative thinking required to solve real-world problems, that forms the basis of a truly engaging learning experience.

Is my 3rd or 4th grader too young for this course?
As a matter of fact, 3rd or 4th grade is a great age to introduce students to these technology skills. Research has provided compelling evidence on how early learning of technology skils positively influences student achievement and academic performance in relation to three primary curricular goals: Achievement in content area learning, Higher-order thinking and problemsolving skill development and Workforce preparation. Our goal is to steer them towards STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) early, so that they are prepared for the future in any career. We just need the student to bring their creative self and we provide the rest.

My son/daughter is not interested in computers as a career. How is this program useful for my student?
Technology is pervasive in almost every aspect of daily life, and as the workplace changes, STEM knowledge and skills grow in importance for a variety of workers beyond STEM careers. Studies have found that demand for STEM-capable workers have increased in traditionally non-STEM fields due to diffusion of technology across industries and occupations. Improving access to quality STEM education will strengthen the caliber of the student even if they want to pursue a non-STEM career. STEM knowledge extends beyond a career, it is a knowlege for life.

What is STEM?
The acronym STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, in the next five years, STEM jobs are projected to grow twice as quickly as jobs in other fields. While all jobs are expected to grow by 10.4%, STEM jobs are expected to increase by 21.4%. Similarly, 80% of jobs in the next decade will require technical skills. We need to prepare our students to be able to compete in a knowledge-based global economy. Students need 21st Century skills of adaptability, complex communication, social skills, non-routine problem solving, self-management, self-development, and systems thinking. Our students will be called upon to be innovative and creative problem solvers, designers, developers, and inventors.

Why STEM early?
Consider this statistics from Nation center for education statistics: Of the 3.8 million 9th graders in the US, only 233,000 end up choosing a STEM degree in college (National Center for Education Statistics). That means only six STEM graduates out of every 100 9th graders. While all jobs are expected to grow by 10.4%, STEM jobs are expected to increase by 21.4%. Similarly, 80% of jobs in the next decade will require technology skills. Technology is pervasive in almost every aspect of daily life, and as the workplace changes, STEM knowledge and skills grow in importance for a variety of workers (including non-STEM careers).