Bridgeport students charter a Hack Club


Major technology companies are having trouble finding domestic coders, or people who create digital programs.

And computing occupations are the No. 1 source of all new wages in the U.S.

With that, a Bridgeport High School teacher is instilling computer technology, and breeding a new generation of coders, one computer at a time.

"I've got students who are really into technology," said Jim Davenport, information technology teacher at BHS.

Davenport says students expressed interest in chartering a Bridgeport chapter of the “Hack Club," a national organization of student led coding clubs.

"They decided to go through the application process, sit through online interviews and were able to get a hack club chartered here at our school, and that’s how it got started. Really student interest,” Davenport said.

"We learn how to solve problems with code," student Chris Bucevski said.

"We started making websites where put images and text on them, but now we're making an interactive website with games."

"Anything that you use technology-wise, whether it be your phone or computer, all those apps, we talk about how great kids are at technology, but we need more kids to create technology, and that’s what coding is, it's creating programs," said senior Treavon Clark.

Clark is a co-founder, along with fellow senior Caleb Nelson.

"We had a touch of basis from one of Mr. Davenport's classes, but we’ve actually been learning along with the students,” Nelson said.

The two plan to mold their knack for the hack into an eventual career.

"I’m going for computer science and engineering and Caleb is going for something very similar to that and this is pretty much what we want to do after high school," Clark said.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2024, new jobs related to coding would grow above 645,000.

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