This summer, Apple is teaching children the basics of coding in its retail stores. For three days, kids 8-12 will use Tynker software to learn coding and then program Sphero robots. Apple Camp began in 2003 as a way to introduce technology and Apple products to kids, but this is the first year a coding class will be offered. “Coding Games and Programming Robots” is a 90-minute course. The course is free, but is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. Class sizes will capped around a dozen attendees.
Total Retail's Take: How times have changed! Summer camp isn’t just about swimming and arts and crafts anymore. Today's kids are learning skills that may actually help get them a really great job in the future. IT jobs are expected to grow 22 percent by 2020, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that 1 million coding jobs will go unfilled in that time. Apple training the next generation of employees is a great way to prepare for future technology needs.