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Kids learn about technology at hacker camp

In the basement of house in Biltmore Lake, a counter top became a computer work space where kids are assembled a device that reacted to sound. They also learned to connect the mother board, the microphone and the battery. And they learned programming. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A summer camp has kids thinking about their future experiences with technology. Home Hacker Camp gave local kids a chance to geek out and learn critical science, technology, engineering and math skills.

In the basement of house in Biltmore Lake, a counter top became a computer work space where kids are assembled a device that reacted to sound. They also learned to connect the mother board, the microphone and the battery. And they learned programming.

"We were like, hey, this was a great opportunity. It will be great for colleges. It will be great for kids and college applications, you know, further along line. So, we just thought it would be a great deal for everybody," camp leader Andruss Black said.

Campers said technology is the future, and camp organizers want to make sure these kids are prepared.

"We need it here in Western North Carolina. My kids need it. Other kids need it and think it's a really important skill no matter what field you decide to go into. Just to have that understanding, because it's going to be for the rest of your life," camp organizer Francie Black said.

"It's probably the funnest camp I've ever been to," 12-year-old Sam said.

This is the second year for the program. Next year, organizers hope to move the camp into a more public facility. They said they want to have the opportunity to create a love of learning with as many children as possible.

"I really love doing robots and things like that. And I really didn't know a whole lot about it until I came to this camp, but it was still really easy for me to learn," 11-year-old Anna Camille said.

The next camp begins July 17. Click here to learn more.

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