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Simply because it's Spring Break doesn't imply kids have to put their minds into neutral. Students in grades 4th through 8th graders filled the LCC Downtown computer laboratory for the very first "Spark Academy" today.

"If you wish to get innovative or have any control ultimately about exactly what you see on a computer, on a phone, or in a game, then the ultimate tool of control is the code," said Robin Nelson, LCC computer technology trainer. "Mathematics is just naturally part of code, as is logic, so we end up learning that along the way. We don't learn math for math's sake; we learn mathematics to be able to do something cool with code.".

This week is the trial run for the academy's summertime schedule of computer camps designed to expose kids to coding, 3D online game design and other skills.

"What we're aiming to do is provide a central location to do that for kids, and also hooking in to exactly what's going on with innovation and arts here in downtown Eugene," said Bliss Newton, LCC program organizer.

The kids were engaged Wednesday, which delighted moms and dads.

"It's doing effectively for us in terms of direction, taking what he's currently got and taking the next action," said moms and dad Jake Ross.