About 700 children attend Youth Code Jam camp

Children practice programming languages

About 700 children showed up Saturday for the fifth annual Youth Code Jam.

The camp is for children ages 7 to 17 who are interested in learning about computer science and programming. The event had stations for attendees to practice beginning-level to high-level programming languages.

Youth Code Jam’s founding executive director, Debi Pfizenmaier, said coding not only helps children learn a new skill set, it also teaches life skills.

"It teaches logic. It teaches computational thinking, problem solving, critical thinking, all of those things that can be applied in any field that a child wants to go into,” she said.

Saturday’s Youth Code Jam camp was the organization’s main event of the year, but it also has after school programs and community activities year-round.