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Tech summer camps popularity growing and booming

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Summer camps aren’t just taking place outdoors. Tech camps are growing in popularity especially around the Pacific Northwest.

iD Tech Camp is holding several summer tech camps at the University of Washington.

A huge draw is video games. At iD Tech Camps, kids ages 7-to-17 are learning how to code, program, and develop video games and apps. They also get hands-on training in Photoshop, web design and popular robotics classes.

Camp counselors say there’s a huge void to fill to get young people trained in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs. iD Tech Camp points says more than one million jobs in STEM fields are expected to go unfilled by 2020. Yet, 9 out of 10 high schools don’t offer computer science classes.

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