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Gift a STEM Experience with CodeChangers and Make a Lasting Impact

  • Sydney
  • November 25, 2019
  • News

Christmas is coming and it's time to start thinking about what to give to our little loved ones. We can help you with that (Check out our gift certificates here) Buy your gift certificate before 11:59 PM on Dec. 2, 2019 and you will get 10% off! Or get $100 off of camp registration and 10% off your gift certificate when you purchase a full camp registration before 11:59 PM Dec. 2, 2019*. Couldn’t be easier!

Studies have been finding that there is a need for more Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and that there are some gifts that tend to increase the chance of happiness more than others. Why not combine the two to make the ultimate gift?

As Ebineezer Scrooge could tell you, material gifts don’t always bring lasting happiness. Well, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of giving gifts on Christmas? If material goods don’t give you lasting happiness, what does? Actually, it has been found that “experiences” do. According to the article “7 Reasons Why Spending Money on Experiences Makes Us Happier Than Buying Stuff” written by John Rampton, items such as trips or concerts that create an “experience” are found to keep the receiver much happier in the long run when compared to someone who received a gift such as a toy or even a phone (2017). In the aforementioned article, Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychologist who conducted studies on the correlation of happiness and material goods, said, “We buy things to make us happy, and we succeed. But only for a while. New things are exciting to us at first, but then we adapt to them” (Rampton, 2017). The trick is that “experiences, like traveling, attending an art exhibit or trying a new restaurant, become a part of our identity, which brings us greater satisfaction” (Rampton, 2017). If you want to give the ultimate gift to your child, you don’t have to rack your brain or wallet to get the latest and greatest toys. Instead, give them a place that memories can be developed and cherished for the rest of their lives (not to mention, a start on a possible career path): a summer tech camp!

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fields in STEM, especially in technology, are exploding (as cited in Engineering for Kids, n.d.). As humans are becoming more and more reliant on the digital world, the need for professionals to build technology becomes that much greater. For this reason, the need for teaching children STEM subjects is becoming more and more of a necessity (Nielsen, 2018). Learning these scientific subjects does not have to be drudgery for a child or teenager, but can be learned in a fun, exciting, engaging, and meaningful ways!

So, if you are stuck on what to get your kid for Christmas, choose a STEM experience! We provide gift certificates that you can give to your loved ones. With a gift certificate you can purchase a registration for a CodeChangers Technology Summer camp where they will learn about technology such as coding, programming, video games, virtual reality and more! We combine experiences and STEM education in one event where your child can learn technology through fun and extraordinary workshops! We can help you give the gift of technology and memories—and in turn provide the best Christmas ever!

Get your CodeChangers Certificate today!

*One gift certificate per camper. $100 off camp registration with 10% off gift certificate only applies when full camp registration is purchased. Gift certificates are only good for CodeChangers Summer Tech Camps of 2020. Offer ends 11:59 PM, Dec. 2, 2019.

Works Cited

Nielsen, Liesl (2018, May 1). Utah’s tech industry is No. 1 fastest-growing, but there are ‘rain clouds ahead. KSL. Retrieved from https://www.ksl.com/article/46311927/utahs-tech-industry-is-no-1-fastest-growing-but-there-are-rain-clouds-ahead

Rampton, J. (2017, May 15). 7 Reasons why spending money on experiences makes us happier than buying stuff. In Entrepreneur. Retrieved fromhttps://www.entrepreneur.com/article/294163

Why is STEM education so important? (2016, February 2). In Engineering for Kids. Retrieved from https://www.engineeringforkids.com/about/news/2016/february/why-is-stem-education-so-important-/

Wells, K. (2017, December 22). 46 Ways to Give Experiences Instead of Stuff This Year (Even Last Minute) [Blog post]. Retrieved fromhttps://wellnessmama.com/62144/give-experiences/



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