Van Wert Middle School seventh grade students attend a presentation by Central Mutual Insurance on the importance of computer science and a summer tech camp to be held at Central in June. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Van Wert Middle School seventh grade students attend a presentation by Central Mutual Insurance on the importance of computer science and a summer tech camp to be held at Central in June. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

VAN WERT – Central Mutual Insurance made its way to Van Wert Middle School Monday afternoon to promote computer programing along with their returning summer camp.

Representatives from Central talked to sixth and seventh grade students about the importance of coding and how it is involved in their every day lives. Everything from cellphones to Facebook to video games involves some sort of coding.

According to Tonya Summers, an associate of Central Mutual, 400,000 computer science jobs a year will go unfilled due to the lack of people seeking a job in the field.

“It’s a growing field, it’s going to be really big soon so we try to get as many people as we can in there,” said Max Hutchinson with Central. “We’re also trying to show girls that anyone can do this, it’s not just for boys. It’s like Legos, any kid can play with Legos, any kid can do this.”

The summer camp will take place in June and will teach students how to develop a game through a program called Scratch. Students will be able to take the game they build home. They will learn to code and also learn how to video edit.

This is the second summer tech camp that Central has done. Last year around 35 students attended the program. The camp will once again be held at Central and all students are encouraged to join and learn about the importance of computer science and coding.

“Central wants to promote the city and show youth what we have to offer within Van Wert,” said Summers “We would like to see if we can get students to stay local.”