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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2019

Digital Summer Camp Showcases Students’ New Skills with Classroom Coding Demonstration

Coding Camp Recently Received $3,000 in donations to purchase computers, drone and robotics kits

NORFOLK, VA – On Tuesday, August 6, students enrolled in Camp Digital will showcase their newly learned coding skills to parents and other community members. Camp participants are learning basic coding from Code for Hampton Roads volunteers at Young Terrace Community Center.

This summer, Code for Hampton Roads partnered with the City of Norfolk’s Department of Recreation Parks and Open Spaces to host its first Camp Digital at Young Terrace Community Center. Code for Hampton Roads is a part of Code for America, a national nonprofit that pairs tech-savvy volunteers with civic-minded projects. 

Most of the students attending reside in the areas immediately around the community center. The camp helps bridge the digital divide by providing lessons in computer science to under-served children. According to Code.org, schools reaching the most diverse student groups are less likely to offer computer science courses. Code for Hampton Roads Founder Kevin Curry shares, “We’ve had a great response to our first camp. Being able to hold Camp Digital at Young Terrace allows us to bring computer science, technology and engineering directly to kids who may otherwise not have the opportunity to access these subjects.”

Camp Digital is available thanks to the committed volunteers of Code for Hampton Roads, PixelFest, OpenStreetMap Foundation and 757ColorCoded. The Camp recently received donations of $1,500 each from the Franklin Johnston Group and Brinshore. The donation was used to purchase a dozen computers, robotics kits and drone kits that will be used in teaching students coding exercises. Councilwoman Andria McClellan, representing Superward 6 and Darrell Crittendon, Director of Recreation Parks and Open Spaces will be present to recognize the camp’s donors.

WHAT: Camp Digital Class Demonstration Event

WHEN: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Young Terrace Community Center, 804 Whitaker Lane, Norfolk, VA 23510

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