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Latino Legacy Weekend Kicks Off In Lansing

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(WLNS) - These kids aren’t speaking German, Spanish or English, they're speaking the language of coding.

It's called the LOFT Computer Coding Jam Session and on Friday dozens of kids were learning how to create their own websites, apps and even games.


On Friday the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Michigan State University kicked off the 4th Annual Latino Legacy Weekend where dozens of Mid-Michiganders will help build bridges and share innovative ideologies about the progressing American Latino community.

The weekend is also aimed at engaging minority youth. The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, LOFT and Google partnered for the LOFT Computer Coding Jam Session.

Computer programmers from all across the nation worked side-by-side with local students at Lansing Community College.

They learned how to create their own websites, games, and apps.

The chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation says computer programming is becoming a second language.

“It's a second language to English and the more and more kids that are learning this, the more likely they’re going to go into jobs like software engineering where these roles are some of the most in demand jobs in the country and some of the highest paid by the way." says Emanuel Pleitez, Chairman of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

This is one of the many events being held this weekend. There will be speakers at MSU on Saturday and Sunday highlighting Hispanic culture.

These events are open to the public.

For this weekend’s activities visit: http://www.latinolegacyweekend.org/home/llw-2014-details
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