TEEX hosts Cyber camp preparing local teens for a career in tech

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- Texas A&M University Systems Cyber Innovation Camp kicked off this week and it is teaching teens how to prepare for a career in our expanding tech world.

From autonomous cars to motion sensor cameras, these kids are learning how to write the code, and, to engineer the hardware of our future tech.

Camp director Diane Cornwell says they set the kids up to be able to get as much hands-on experience as possible.

"They get a whole bunch of sensors and electronics that they can play with,” Cornwell continued. “So they can set up their computer to detect motion, or to play music based on touches, or to do obstacle avoidance, and they can program autonomous vehicles."

Ysve Valverde Martinez from Katy is one of the only girls in the camp and says she hopes to inspire future generations of female coders.

"When I first walked in I was the only girl and I was like wow,” said Martinez, “It made me feel empowered that I could do something that is usually stereotyped by guys."

Martinez says this is her first time coding and building hardware, but she can already see a future in it.

"Technology is evolving every day, and I just want to learn more about cyber security and programming because it's a field that's increasing in time,” said Martinez.

Cornwell says the goal of these camps is to give kids the tools they need to change the world.

"How you can use programming to impact the outside world,” said Cornwell, “And maybe solve problems that you have or that you see other people have in using the technology in what they have learned at this camp.”

Spots are still available for the second week of the camp starting June 24. For more information or to sign up, click on the link in the related links section below.