by Marcus Washington
SPRING HILL, Tenn. – Some Maury County students spent their spring break at camp learning to program computers, build websites and create video games.
It's already being predicted there will be more than one million tech jobs in the U.S. within the next four years, but fewer than 500,000 qualified people to fill those jobs.
While most kids spend their spring break playing video games, 14 Maury County students are programing their very own. For five days; six hours a day, these students ages 12 to 18, are learning what signs, numbers and letters all mean when you put them together.
"It's more than just, oh you're going to learn how to make a URL," said the only female Code Camp student Lyric McGloffin. "I am learning to make software. I am learning how to create a link that you are going to go to and be able to open this big web page."
Mitchell Taylor, with BizFoundry, says programing may look like a foreign language to many of us, but it's not as hard as it seems.
"[The students] can come in literally knowing nothing and can learn the basics and know what's going on by the end of the week," said Taylor.
This program is all part of Launch Tennessee, which focuses on job and economic growth. The goal with this particular program is to inspire kids to start their own companies or just have the qualification to get jobs in the growing computer science field.
"This is important stuff," said Taylor. "The United States Department of Labor estimates there will be a million job deficits by year 2020 in computer science."
What this class is doing is opening doors that many of these kids may have never thought to explore.
"By the time they leave they will learn the fundamentals of programming, the logic behind it and then they can take that on into later in the future and build on that," he said.
There are 10 of these Code Camps planned throughout the state this year. To get more girls involved, there are plans for an all-female class.
For information about times, costs and here you can find out about the times,cost and even scholarships for students, visit The CodeCamp.