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Professionals, veterans share skills at hacking event

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

These days, it’s hard to go a few minutes  without using a computer of some sort, but how many people really know how they work?

This weekend, a two-day event called Hack Southern Illinois gave kids a chance to learn the tricks of the trade.

Students spent their time creating computer programs, eating doughnuts and pizza, and installing circuit boards.

Tyler Travalstead is a professional drone technician for the U.S. Army who signed up as a student and ended  the weekend as a teacher.

“I’m glad I’m able to give back.” Travalstead explained, “I am helping them by soldering some of their points for them so they can get their Bluetooth capabilities for their project”

Late Saturday, Travalstead lectured students on the military application for skills taught at Hack S.I..

They’re thriving with it,” Co-organizer William Blankenship explained, “it’s really exciting to see people across all age groups just connecting with this technology.”

The event is in its third year, and is funded by area businesses.

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