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UWEC summer coding camp teaches kids about technology

Eau Claire (WQOW) – This week, local middle and high school students are learning more about the new technology they use everyday.

Blugold Beginnings Coding Summer Camp is offering 70 students in grades six through 12 the chance to learn how websites, games and applications are built.

The camp is a unique partnership between UW-Eau Claire, Jamf and the Chippewa Valley Developers Group.

According to Blugold Beginnings volunteers, a majority of the technology was donated and nearly half of the campers are enrolled thanks to community-raised scholarships.

The camp’s coordinator said making the STEM field more accessible is important.

“We’re really trying to engage them in learning so that we can close that opportunity gap for girls and folks of color in our STEM fields. What they learn here will hopefully help them to be inspired to go on to post-secondary education,” said Jodi Thesing-Ritter, UW-Eau Claire’s executive director for diversity and inclusion.

The camp runs through the end of the week. For more about Blugold Beginnings, click here. 

Emily Shepardson

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