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More females than ever participate in computer science camp

Using banannas to control computer programs (Source: WALB) Using banannas to control computer programs (Source: WALB)
Using touch to control computer game movements (Source: WALB) Using touch to control computer game movements (Source: WALB)
THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

Wednesday, a Thomas County High School camp broke the stereotype that computer science will always be a male-dominated industry.

There were 20 sixth to eighth-grade students enrolled in the camp this year and half of them are female. Organizers said that’s an increase from three female students last year. 

One teacher said the reason why is because more young women have learned they can also use computer science skills in other industries such as fashion, healthcare or agriculture.

"We've really been trying to push computer science, and they're aware that computer science is much more than playing video games and designing video games," said Amy Starr, a Computer Science Teacher.

The students built their skills by using bananas to program computers or using each other as human controls to play computer games. 

This is the second year for the science camp.

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