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Microsoft to host free tech camp for local kids

Updated: 07/28/2014 5:28 PM | Created: 07/28/2014 4:36 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A well-known company with roots in Albuquerque is making a homecoming trip, in part to help kids get ahead in the technology industry.

The Sundowner Motel still hosts a display in honor of Microsoft’s start.

The international corporation’s roots were planted in Albuquerque in the seventies.

During the first week of August, representatives from the company will be in Albuquerque hosting a free technology camp for kids.

The camp will take place in the Fatpipe ABQ offices, where local technology companies have workspaces.

“I understand these camps are actually gonna teach them how to code something," Lisa Adkins of Fatpipe ABQ said. "So career field, some great knowledge that they'll carry forward and also - future employees for all of the small companies here in Albuquerque that need technical people."

Microsoft will teach 7th and 8th graders how to program and join the technology industry, using equipment bought by local philanthropists who want to see more kids excited for their futures.

“Middle school is a classic place that we lose kids if they don’t have interest in school,” Randy Royster of the Albuquerque Community Foundation’s Cinco Amigos fund said. “And with the ever evolving technology world for these kids to have an opportunity to work on cutting edge technology and to begin to explore that technology and to think about future careers, we see it as something that’s going to keep them in school.”

The first week of August also marks the start of Microsoft’s involvement with Innovate ABQ.

“Microsoft's coming home, they're coming back to Albuquerque in a big way and they're gonna help us with our whole process of helping our community become more entrepreneurial,” Mayor Richard Berry said.

The first round of free camps are full, but the city says more opportunities for kids are ahead.

The city asks parents to sign up at http://www.cabq.gov/digicamp for more information.


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