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Event lets local Boy Scouts learn to code and earn a badge at the same time

The "Hour of Code" event helped Scouts of all ages learn the skills needed to develop mobile apps

AUSTIN, Texas — Earning a badge, the high-tech route.

About 100 Scouts learned the basics of coding at the second annual "Hour of Code" event at the Austin Community College Highland campus on Saturday.

With the help of mentors from community partners like Google, Dell, Intel, IBM, General Motors, Cisco and Atlassian, Scouts of all ages used their new skills to develop mobile apps. 

Charles Mead, with the Capitol Area Council, said the program is good training for the future.

"We're able to get these kids to go and learn a skill, the same as they would if they camping and learning how to use an ax safely or how to set up a tent, first aid, these skills are just as important going forward in the future," Mead said.


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Scouts, like eight-year-old Crosson Dupont, said the program was fun.

"Probably the coding is part Minecraft," said Dupont, who is a 2nd grader at St. Gabriel Catholic School

Scout Sharvi Joshi, 12, said she joined the Scouts because it was more active than the Girls Scouts. The Cedar Valley Middle School 7th grader said she liked the program.

"It's pretty fun most of the time. You learn how to make different apps, get to help different people and stuff," she said.

For completing the program, the Scouts earned a badge.

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