Hephzibah students excited for cyber in the community

Published: Feb. 1, 2017 at 12:15 AM EST
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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2016

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Wednesday is Greater Augusta Day in Atlanta.

The President of Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Sue Parr said local leaders will meet at the Capital for a meeting with state lawmakers.

Parr said the first thing they plan to do is thank the state for the new cyber facility coming to Augusta.

"This year is a very big occasion for the Augusta region because of the recent announcement for the Cyber Innovation and Training Center," Parr said.

The excitement for the new cyber opportunities have trickled down to all ages. Kanyon Parent is a sixth grader at Spirit Creek Middle School, who attended Tuesday night's STEM family night at the school.

Parent said he enjoys all things technology.

"I like the coding aspect, and I like anything that has to do with spriting and making games," Parent said.

Parent described spiriting as a way to code video games.

"You open up a program, and you get sprites," Parent said, "and you can put in the code where you want it to move when you press a certain button."

Kanyon said he is excited to be able to continue to learn more about technology with the new Cyber Innovation and Training Center in the future.

The cyber facility is scheduled to be a big part of the conversation expected at The Capitol for Greater Augusta Day.

Parr said the facility will train many of the people that will end up working within the cyber community in the future.

"It will serve a lot of purposes for helping produce the talent we need academically," Parr said.

Karnaire Floyd was another 6th grader at STEM family night.

Floyd said he wants to work with computers when he grows up and is happy he won't have to move away to do that job.

"It will really be a blessing to stay with my family and do what a I want to do," Floyd said.