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Hack SI grows young minds

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CARBONDALE -- The Bureau of Labor Statistics says jobs in Computer Science are expected to grow more than any other over the next 10 years.

Well over a hundred electronic-minded students ranging from kindergarten to college took part in Hack SI over the weekend to get their hands on some world class technology.

"It's mainly trial and error. Like 'Does this work? Does this work?'" Leah McGrane of Carbondale said. 

Leah McGrane and Zoe Winans of Herrin have been working with a drone for two days, but what makes their story even more interesting is they didn't even know each other until Saturday.

"My favorite thing about coming here is you get to meet different people every time. You get to see everything people make" Winans said.

They said the project started out when they both tried to program the same drone. Then they decided to do it together.

It has taken them hours of intensive coding to get the drone to fly around the room on its own. 

They said they couldn't have done it without help from the others at Hack SI.

In the end, seeing their project work is nothing short of exciting.

"It's amazing. It crazy. Typing it in and seeing it on the screen. Pressing go and having it do what you programmed it do. It's just amazing," Winans said.

That's what Hack SI is about: giving students the chance to come up with and design their own projects just like Leah and Zoe.

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