Code Bootcamp School Teaching Native American Students

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A free three-day program for Native American students is getting them behind computers. Thanks to a $9,000 grant from AT&T, Code Bootcamp School is helping kids learn how to code and exposing them to Native American history. 

Ten students from the Sioux Falls area are learning how to build video games this week.

“It’s been good. It’s really fun here,” Anthony Huwer said. 

Huwer goes to Patrick Henry. He wants to be an architect when he gets older and admits he doesn’t know much about coding. He also enjoys studying Native American history. 

Huwer: I’ve always been interested in learning more about Native culture. I even have a book at home that helps me understand it more.

Matt Holsen: Why are you so interested?

Huwer: Because I’m from the Rosebud tribe. I want to learn more about my heritage. 

This program is made possible by a grant from AT&T. In its third year, Code Bootcamp School Executive Director Will Bushee says it’s exposing kids to new opportunities. 

“That allows us to go out and not charge anything for the camp. So any of the kids that are coming to this camp are completely free and then we provide snacks and lunch and then do a showcase on the last day as well,” Bushee said.

Teacher Bobby Johnson says working on a new skill is great, but the camp goes beyond just that. 

“Also been teaching the values of never giving up. To always move forward in something good and you’ll never lose in that way,” Johnson said. 

Johnson will be taking the camp to Mission, Chamberlain and other communities over the summer. 

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