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Albemarle Expands CoderDojo Program

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This school year more students will get a chance to learn how to create new technology.

A computer program taught in Albemarle County schools is so popular it's now being expanded so more tech-savvy students can sign up.

The CoderDojo program was taught a few months ago as a summer camp, and it was so popular that nearly 700 students were put on the waiting list. Now those students are getting a second chance to code.  

The program is offered after school to students from kindergarten through 12th grade. It teaches them how to create computer programs, web pages, robots, and even video games.

CoderDojo is an international program. The concept is that students from all ages and abilities can come together and help each other learn.

"It took about 15 minutes of me showing them a couple things here and there and then they didn't want to hear from me. they were just gone, they were doing their thing, making cool stuff," said Michael Craddock, a Monticello High School teacher.

9th grade student Mason Robertson said his favorite part of the program was creating a video game. "It's a really nice feeling to see an idea that you have come out into the world," he said.

Organizers hope the program will inspire students to go into tech-related fields. They're also looking for more volunteers who have a background in computers and coding to help out.

Click here for more on how to volunteer or how to sign up for the program.

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