Kids spend spring break at ‘apps’ camp

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DENVER -- About 20 youngsters, between 9 and 14, decided to spend their spring break 2013 learning how to build mobile Apps and computer games. The program is the idea of Jono Shuster with Skill Hub.

“We help start-up companies with getting products from the design stage to market,” said Shuster. “So, we thought it would be a great idea to work with kids to give them a chance to develop an interest in software development and learning how to make computer games. This one week camp is the perfect vehicle to support that platform.”

Chris Williamson, owner of Dream Quest Games in Boulder, is teaching for the week. “I was inspired by President Obama’s swearing-in speech, when he said it is time for American kids to get smarter in math, science and technology. So, I decided to begin giving back some of what I know to the next generation and judging from the talent in this room, some of these kids are on their way to becoming good, when it comes to learning how to make Apps and games.”

The kids—who all play video games—say learning how to make the games is more than just fun, it may help them decide what they want to do when they get older.

The Innovation Pavilion on East Mineral is providing space for the classes. They help provide support to start-ups who have offices in their huge building just west of Ikea.

While this session lasts for a week, this summer, two-week long camps will be held to take kids to even higher levels of understanding, when it comes to building apps and programs.

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