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“Yes, I had a lot of fun today,” said Camper, Cameron Wallace. 
 
“Absolutely, that is one of my favorite things to do,” said Camper, Trevor Langley. 
 
These kids are excited about coding.
 
At it’s most basic, coding is converting a message or text from one symbol into another.
 
At this camp middle schoolers are learning the coding program Raspberry Pie. 
 
“So we are using a micro computer and we are programming video games in a simplified coding language,” said Langley. 
 
Launch Terre Haute and the coding academy Eleven Fifty have teamed up to bring this specialized camp to the students of the Wabash Valley.
 
The goal is to get kids engaged with technology. 
 
“The kids you just see that spark when they get it. They’re excited. We’re excited. You can just feel it when you walk into the classroom,” said Community Outreach Director for Eleven Fifty Academy, Stephanie Castleman. 
 
With little fingers flying off the keyboard and campers clicking the mouse with enthusiasm.
 
It’s clear that these kids are hooked on coding. 
 
“I am having a lot of fun. It’s a really a great experience,” said Langley. 
 
With a grant from Old National Bank, this week more than 300 kids have signed up, and every day there are different sessions all to help students learn more about technology. 
 
“Since technology is what we use every day it’s important to learn how it works. So you can do whatever you want with the technology,” said Camper, Molly Slater. 
 
Eleven Fifty doesn’t want the coding to stop. At the end of the week, they will leave behind the tools to start a Coderdojo. Which will be out of Launch Terre Haute. 
 

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