Coming up this month, the Covert branch of the Van Buren District Library will be offering a free class to young people to teach them how to design video games. The library’s Jeffrey Babbitt tells WSJM News kids between third grade and tenth grade can come out and use a simple program called Gamestar Mechanic.
“We have quite a few economically disadvantaged kids in this area who have limited opportunities to work on computers,” Babbitt said. “There are over half a million open computing jobs and coding jobs in the country right now, and that’s only going to grow. We want to give them a shot at getting some of those jobs when they get older.”
The class starts on July 17 and runs through August 14. If it’s a success, the game designing class will be brought to other Van Buren District Library branches. It’s possible thanks to a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Anyone interested in signing up should call the library in Covert.”