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Hack-A-Thon teaches children coding through building apps

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TOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) -- The AT&T Binghamton Youth Hack is teaching children how to code, build apps, and develop an interest in computer science.

"Now they can actually see that they can make a project, or an animation, or an app, or a web page of their own. It sort of gives a whole new way for them to expand their learning now," said Pamela Puri, Tech4Kidz owner, and organizer of the event.

The young tech wizards have all day to work on a project. It's a task the children say, isn't easy.

"It's fun to code, there's quite a bit of challenge to it," said Alexander Sherman, a student in the class.

Computer science is a field dominated by men, according to AT&T New York President, Amy Kramer. This Hack-A-Thon is trying to change those statistics.

"Right now we know that women make up only 18 percent in kids in college studying computer science," said Kramer.

Girls in the class say they are re-coding the craft.

"I can teach other girls and then more girls will be able to code, and then those girls can teach more girls. Then a lot of girls can code, just like the boys can," said Grace Williamson, a student building a texting app.

After the students complete their app projects, they'll be submitted to judges for review. Students will receive awards based on teamwork, quality, and other aspects of their work.

Katie Jones

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