Tech Camp Emphasizes STEM for Des Moines Students

DES MOINES, Iowa — Des Moines tech experts are teaching kids all things computers and coding this week.

It’s the second year of Tech Camp for Des Moines Public Schools’ students. The purpose of the week-long camp is to get students interested in the STEM field — science, technology, engineering and math — at an early age.

Those returning from last summer’s camp will get more advanced lessons in areas like robotics and computer coding.

New camp-goers will get their feet wet in beginner-level software.

The camp is hosted by local non-profit TechJourney and the goal is to add more diversity to the STEM industry.

“And so, what we want to do is make sure that people who are under-represented in our industry start coming in. And I think a lot of that just has to do with encouraging people,” says David Kessler, co-founder of TechJourney.

In 2008 the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council predicted that the number of STEM jobs in Iowa would go up 16-percent in just 10 years.

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