In Baltimore, students go high-tech at low cost
Walking through the hallways of the Digital Harbor Foundation in Baltimore, you can hear the clicking of computer mice, the clacking of fingers on keyboards, and the staccato hum of 3D printers.
Founded in 2013 by Andrew Coy, a young teacher and educational entrepreneur from Alaska, the Digital Harbor Foundation is at the forefront of infusing technology into youth programming on the East Coast.
“We love seeing young people be creative designers and engineers, think through real-world problems, and create solutions,” Coy said. “Technology is a really important tool in that and is something that is used every day here.”
DHF’s full-blown tech center is a powerful example of how summer camps can use technology and “maker” programs to engage kids academically in the summer. Maker programs place a strong emphasis on engineering, electronics, robotics, and 3D printing.
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