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Jacob Smith, left, comes to a sudden realization with the help of HTML teacher Seun Erinle on the first day of a 2013 code camp in Chattanooga. Photo by Shawn Paik/Times Free Press Jacob Smith, left, comes to a sudden realization with the help of HTML teacher Seun Erinle on the first day of a 2013 code camp in Chattanooga. Photo by Shawn Paik/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Is coding the language of the future?

Yes, says Sammy Lowdermilk, program director at The Biz Foundry, a business accelerator in Cookeville, TN.

"Kids these days have a screen in front of them virtually all the time, whether it's a tablet, smart phone, computer -- even our TVs are interactive," he said. "Kids not only want to interact with those screens, they want to create things to make the devices do what they want."

That one reason why Lowdermilk is touring across the state this summer, offering coding camps and workshops to kids between the ages of 12 and 18. The Tennessee Code Academy will stop in Chattanooga for a four-day camp April 14 to 18 -- classes will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cover everything from HTML to PHP to design fundamentals and gaming.

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