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Welcome to Codeverse, where young kids learn to build games and hack light fixtures

Welcome to Codeverse, where young kids learn to build games and hack light fixtures

Eight-year-old Cillian Rhodes was hosting a dance party.

He hacked the concert lights in the small, dark room, making them flash and move around. Another kid bounced around next to him.

“I control all the lights now,” Cillian said, tapping the screen of his iPad and looking toward the lights on the ceiling. As he changed the colors, the lights flashed across his face and lit up his spiky blond hair. “I can make it red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet.”

Cillian was learning to code. Armed with an iPad and kid-specific coding language, he and the roughly 30 other 6- to 12-year-olds attending camp at Codeverse Lincoln Park last week...

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