Great question. Innovation camps provide students with the opportunity to exercise their brains in ways they don’t typically have in the classroom. In DIG Camp’s innovation tournament, teens will be challenged to think creatively in developing ideas for viable businesses, products and services.
Not only will they be creating solutions for problems they see in their communities, but they’ll also be able to do so in a fun and interactive setting with the guidance and instruction necessary for them to be successful. Ever heard of the show “Shark Tank?” Think of DIG Camp as these students’ opportunity to come up with the “next great idea.”
Whether you’re into tech and innovation or not, you can see the benefits in providing students with experiences unlike those they’ve had in the past, which opens doors for them in career paths they may have never considered.
Innovation camps specifically for youth of color are especially integral.
Silicon Valley, while seen as the hub of innovation, does not currently reflect the diversity our country harbors. Its demographic statistics are disconcerting:
Source: The Olympian
While diversity in companies is important for aspects of company culture and innovation, according to Laura Powers, co-founder of Code2040, it’ll be integral to companies’ success in the coming years.
“This seems like a ‘nice to have’ today, but it will quickly turn to a ‘need to have’,” says Powers. “Your workforce will look different. Your consumers will look different. It takes a while to figure this out, and make the changes internally. And if you don’t figure out now, you will be left behind.”