CNN - Many kids will be flying drones and designing video games this summer, thanks to a growing number of STEM camps that provide a fun environment for kids to learn valuable skills that can give them a head start in the growing tech job market.
According to a report from CNN, there is a new breed of camps that can make it fun for kids to learn tech and engineering skills that could one day translate to a job.
Summer camp activities are leveling up. More programs are letting kids build, code and fly through drone camps. Campers ages 11 to 17 build their own drones at "Flymore Academy"; wiring, soldering, and programming to prepare for lift off.
"The parents love that their kids are not just having fun with... Drones but also learning some skills as well and learning some engineering concepts to go with it," said Miller Morrow, Flymore Academy.
STEM and tech camps aim to give kids a learning experience without it feeling like school by pairing hands-on activities with topics that interest them.
"They're not just playing video games in the summer right? They're learning how to make them," said Joy Meserve, ID Tech Camps.
ID tech camps serve campers ages seven and up with locations nationwide. Specialized programs teach marketable skills that could be the catalyst for a career with the 2.4 million open stem jobs in the U.S. right now, according to camp directors.
ID tech is among many camps trying to attract more girls by launching a female-focused program called "Alexa-Cafe". Enrollment's doubled over the last three years, but girls still make up less than 30 percent of campers.
"We've really got to spark that interest and nurture that interest, especially with girls," said Meserve.
Directors said they hope an early start...will fuel the future of the tech industry. Many of the specific programs fill up quickly, but it's not too late to sign up. There are options for overnight and day camps that still have spaces available.