February 2013 Meeting – Teach Your Kid to Code

Speaker: Steve Michelotti

Topic: Teach Your Kid to Code

Location: Calvert Hall High School
8102 La Salle Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21286
http://www.calverthall.com

Date: WEDNESDAY, February 27th, networking begins at 6:30

Abstract:
Have you ever wanted a way to teach your kid to code? For that matter, have you ever wanted to simply be able to explain to your kid what you do for a living? Putting things in a context that a kid can understand is not as easy as it sounds. If you are someone curious about these concepts, this is a “can’t miss” presentation that will be co-presented by Justin Michelotti (5th grader) and his father. Bring your kid with you to BaltoMSDN for this fun and educational session. We will show tools you may not have been aware of like SmallBasic and Kodu – we’ll even throw in a little Visual Studio. Concepts such as variables, conditionals, loops, and functions will be covered while we introduce object oriented concepts without any of the confusing words. Kids are not required for entry!

Bio :
Steve Michelotti is a Microsoft ASP.NET MVP and a contributing author for Pluralsight training. In addition, Steve is a frequent presenter at developer user groups and Code Camps along the East Coast and holds the MCSD, MCPD, and MCT certifications. Steve is an avid blogger (http:/geekswithblogs.net/michelotti), has contributed articles to Visual Studio Magazine, and his work on high performance web solutions was featured on Channel 9. Currently he is serving as an Architect/Developer for Applied Information Sciences (AIS) where he is leading a multi-year effort to modernize the business systems of a major insurance carrier. Previously he was the Chief Technologist at e.magination where he consulted with clients including Advertising.com/AOL where he was the Tech Lead for one of the highest volume .NET applications in the world.

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  • Jay P.

    Thank you for setting this up. My 8 year son and I learned a lot from the experience.

    February 28, 2013

  • Danny

    Great job. My son was really excited to see what is possible for kids in the world of code.

    February 28, 2013

  • David T.

    That was a really great presentation - I think Justin Michelotti and his "assistant" Steve did a fantastic job (a live demo with live coding no less, wow!). The way they described core programming concepts was very elegant, and the entire event was very engaging. Steve and Justin should take that show on the road as it were (to the local schools perhaps). Thank you so much for sharing with everyone!

    (Now I'm off to load up the family computers with Small Basic and Kudo)

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Ed M.

    Great meeting and a new high for attendance. I counted 72 in the room tonight.

    February 27, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Very informative insight into the early stages of becoming a programmer at any age. I learned a lot. Justin did a great job presenting and teaching!

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Michael J.

    If you haven't already, check out this video (good for the children too) On the landing page!! My boys loved it! http://www.code.org

    1 · February 26, 2013

  • David T.

    Possibly a +2, thanks!

    February 26, 2013

  • Jason K.

    Joseph is very excited and is pumped to do this for his Birthday on the 27th.

    February 2, 2013

    • Ed M.

      Excellent. I'll look forward to seeing you guys.

      February 25, 2013

  • Ed M.

    You may want to take a moment and check out this campus map. The building the meeting is in is labeled with a "J". You can park Lasalle Road or in either of the two parking lots marked on the map with a "B".
    http://www.calverthall.com/ftpimages/274/download/download_group9694_id273114.jpg

    February 25, 2013

  • Scott S.

    How young is really too young? How old do your kids have to be for this to be even interesting to them? I'm obviously not bringing the 8 month old, but what about the three year old?

    January 24, 2013

  • Dan K.

    Sounds great. I'll have at least one of my kids in tow.

    January 24, 2013

  • Ed M.

    I'm bringing my kids. I seen Steve and Justin Speak before and they are great.

    January 24, 2013

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