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Youngstown kids bring their own computers to life

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A group of kids on Youngstown's southside are learning more than how to play video games.

It starts with a tiny, intricate device called "Rasberry Pi." The micro processor looks complicated but, to many of them understanding the device is as easy as pie.

"It's a little computer that can do basically, everything," said Student Passion Hylton.

Rasberry Pi was created with the sole purpose of teaching kids how to build and program a computer. 

They started simply by making a light blink. 

They're now learning how to program a computer game so that their character can get around better.

"It's kind of like eating pie. You eat the pie you don't quit think about what it took to make the pie," said Student Clayton. "That's pretty much the same thing with video games. However, when you are actually programming it that's like your recipe and direction for putting it together and making the actual end product."

The four week class on how to use the device is put on by the non-profit, Oak Hill Collaborative. When each child is finished they will take home the computer they created.

"That's the goal of the Oak Hill Collaborative is to engage our local neighborhood kids in a way that nobody else is addressing," said Pat Kerrigan with Oak Hill Collaborative.

"Our goal is to spark the creativity, ingenuity of these kids on the south side so that maybe one day one of them or maybe all of them will start their own company," said Volunteer James Walker. 

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