ADA, Okla. (KTEN) — With computer science and artificial intelligence becoming more and more common in today's society, the art of coding — computer programming — is becoming more and more important in everyday life.

The Ada Jobs Foundation has joined the Youth Coding League, giving Pontotoc County kids in grades 5-8 a chance work on their imaginations, while building their future.

The AJF started competing in the YCL with its team, the Conduit Coders, in the fall of 2023. The league is geared around teaching kids the basics of computer coding through friendly competition.

"They're tasked with coming up with a particular project; it gives them particular guidelines; it really helps teach them the logic of how computer programs work," said Conduit Coders coach Sunnie Baker. “They build this project, and make it do whatever they want it to."

Since the beginning of the team, the coders have seen their group crack the top 100 nationwide, including three in the top 10. After two seasons, Baker sees a lot of potential in her young team, even if they may not be ready to start their own businesses just yet.

"The majority of businesses have tech jobs in them,” she said. “Technology and computer science affects everyone and every business."

As the kids compete, some relish in the creative aspect of the competition.

"I like getting all the design, and making the project... kind of how you want to make it,” said young coder Caisen Herrera. Herrera is part of a team named the Loony Losers with his teammate, Ryder Hagar.

Others like the teamwork side of the contest, like Jaxon Brady and Jake Blanck. Their team is dubbed The Exotic Butters 2.0.

"My favorite part is probably working together, and it's just really fun and not that stressful," Jaxon said.

Whatever the case may be, Radioactive Bacon teammates Sophia Baker and Eli Priddle, along with the team, encourage other young people to join.

"Definitely do it," Sophia said. "You'll be able to do things you never thought you'd be able to do.”