On the morning of April 1st, 2017, I had the opportunity to attend the community college in Richmond, Virginia.
A small group of us were chosen to meet with a few of the most popular students in the program.
After the first class was over, I was approached by one of the program’s directors and asked if I wanted to do an interview with him.
He told me I was going to be in for a long day, so I didn’t hesitate.
The next day, I walked into the dorms to meet up with a group of people who had already started the process of learning to code.
While we were chatting, I heard an announcement over the PA system.
As I stepped into the lobby, I noticed that the lights were on.
I had been invited to be a part of the Code Camp, a free event that had been held in the Virginia Tech campus since November.
As the night went on, I realized that I had not just met some of the brightest minds in the country, but I had met the people behind some of our most popular apps.
I was a little nervous, but the excitement and excitement of the night was infectious.
As we began to meet, I knew that we would all share some common interests.
The first thing I noticed when we were walking into the hall was that the students were all wearing red t-shirts.
It was a perfect color combination for Code Camp.
The students were wearing red and blue, which was a nod to the blue and red t shirts worn by the alumni who had participated in the event.
The red shirts symbolized the community that we were a part to, the people who would help us learn and build our own apps.
The Code Camps focus on teaching new skills was a major part of what made the event so successful.
The participants were told that they would be learning about how to program in C#, Java, and HTML5, while also getting a hands-on experience with the Unity game engine.
The goal of the camps was to give each student the opportunity and opportunity to get their hands dirty and learn about a different programming language, but with a goal of building something truly unique.
We were shown how to build an app with a 3D model and how to code in the Unity Editor.
While the code was very basic at the start, it quickly became more complex as the participants worked through the tutorial.
As they progressed through the tutorials, I began to see the power of the platform they were working on.
They were using C# and Unity, and they were building an application that was both fast and easy to use.
The community behind the camps is truly amazing.
They have a huge amount of power over their students and the people they are trying to teach them.
There is no better way to learn to code than through a community program.
The code they are building is a testament to that power.
After this week, Code Camp is in its 12th year.
As one of my classmates, I feel blessed to have been chosen to help build the next generation of developers.
We are a small community that is constantly growing and learning.
I can’t wait to see what happens next.
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