July 7, 2014
Today is the first day of the popular computer coding camp, CoderDojo.
Last year, the program was expanded to 800 students.
The camp is volunteer-led and encourages students to work together to learn and use various different computer languages, make computers applications, and design computer games.
Campers say they learn some cool tricks from the program, and organizers say that's important.
"I've been programming a copy of an IPOD game that I play,” says Daniel Karpov, a student. “I programmed a cheat into it so I can beat it anytime I want to."
"Well, as they start to look at software engineering or computer programming as a career choice, this starts to give them the skills and capabilities of being a 21st century citizen," said Vince Scheivert with Albemarle County Public Schools.
CoderDojo has been in Charlottesville since 2012.