By Heidi Glaus

St. Louis (KSDK) - At an age when most kids are playing video games, Jacquelyn Thomas and her friends are creating them.

"I call it Bird Trapper," said Thomas.

Just a couple doors down students are snapping together Lego bricks in a way their grandparents never imagined possible.

"Let's make sure it works," said another camper about his robot.

It's all part of a summer camp program at the Youth Learning Center in Midtown.

"We had to learn a lot of technology stuff," Thomas explained.

And in case you were wondering, "Yeah it's pretty cool," added Jaydon Williams, an eighth grade camper.

Even cooler is how it all started from a rather simple gardening program.

"This really started from my dad watching a group of kids struggle to read. He made the decision at that point that he wanted to do something more substantial," explained Bill Kent Jr., Executive Director at Youth Learning Center.

A couple of years later, in 2003, the Youth Learning Center opened its doors to provide a unique academic experience for students who might not have the opportunity otherwise.

"So now kids have an opportunity to learn physics, to learn engineering through robotics, video game design, animation and we're really giving kids an opportunity to create a better future for themselves," Kent said.

"I'd like to be an engineer when I grow up so I view this as training," added Williams.

So you might not see a garden, but the Youth Learning Center is still planting seeds and growing something the community can be even more proud of.

To learn more about the Youth Learning Center, click here.

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