Tech Strides

Bold strides with advanced concepts in Technology

Tech StridesTake Bold strides for a Bright future! Technology influences learning in three significant ways. A synthesis of recent research and national skill sets shows that technology can be a driver of change, a bridge to academic excellence, and a platform for informed decision making and accountability.

Program Summary
In this program, students learn sophisticated technology design building blocks behind the digital world of iPhone, iPad, Android, OS, Facebook, Google Maps, Computers and Robots. Knowing how to build technology opens up the possibilities of creating and building on their own ideas. Students learn differences between traditional technology implementations vs. building applications using Artificial Intelligence and building applications on the Cloud. They learn to design, discuss, write, test and implement intelligent, logical and elaborate Object oriented programming using Java, Objective C to create several powerful and exciting technology ideas. Each student would explore and progress at their own pace and there are no limits to how far they can take it. We use toolsets, programming software for technology that is appropriate for students to learn, setting the stage for them to take on advanced technology areas. Please see program outline for more details. Please see program outline and schedule below for more details.

Prerequisites: Pre-requisites for Tech Strides is a successful completion of Tech Start and Tech Dives program. It is important to understand fundamentals of technology and programming using Tech Start and Tech Dives programs, before taking those bold strides with Tech Strides. If your son/daughter have already completed similar technology programs elsewhere, please contact us to check if the pre-requisites may be waived.

Who should join this program?
The curriculum for this program is customized for learners ages 10-14 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 Strides?
The iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ OS, Facebook®, Google Maps, computers and robots all run on software applications. Knowing how to giving shape to an idea and knowing how to solve problems, are some of the most essential skills of the digital age. Also, consider his: Jobs in “software architecture” are predicted to show an impressive 10-year growth rate of 34%, and are the top-ranked industry category, according to CNN Money. This program introduces students to building blocks behind them all. Learn these life long skills from a staff that is passionate about technology.

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

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 - $399.00. One time registration fee of $25.00 applies.

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.

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).