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First CoderDojoDC meeting Welcome and Information!

Erika S.
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Washington, DC
Hello, CoderDojoDC group,
It's almost here! The first CoderDojoDC meeting of 2013-2014 is only one day away and we're so excited to see old friends and meet new ones.
For our first meeting, we'll be focusing on three different technologies. A short presentation will be given on each, and then we'll invite kids to break up into groups and follow their interests. Some may want to stick with a single thing, some may want to move around. Some kids will be teachers, some will be learners, and hopefully every kid will get a chance to be both!
We would like to ask participants a favor: although we are working on getting a large supply of extension cords and multi-outlet surge protector bricks, we may not have enough for everyone at this first meeting. If you have your own cord or brick that you could bring along to the meeting to use, that would be great. And if you'd like to donate one of these items, even better!
Following is a list of the technologies that we'll be playing with. Some of them have software that you can download at home before you come to the meeting. This will give everyone more time to play. Of course, if you're having trouble installing any of these, we'll be happy to help you at the meeting.
If your kids are interested in the Scratch group, please bring a laptop that can run Scratch to the meeting. Sometimes we have extra laptops for kids to borrow, but this probably won't be the case for this meeting. If you don't have a laptop, let us know at the meeting so that we can pair your kid with someone else.

If you haven't used Scratch before, you should install it before the meeting. The current version of Scratch, Scratch 2.0, is a web app, but experience has shown that it's good to install Scratch just in case WiFi doesn't work or is slow. Instructions for installing Scratch 2.0 offline can be found at­. If you have any trouble, the old reliable Scratch 1.4 still works well and can still be found at­.
MCEdit is a free editor for Minecraft that allows users to make bulk changes to the landscape of Minecraft worlds.  It can be downloaded from:­.

The activity at the Dojo will be an introduction to the software for kids who are familiar with Minecraft but who have not used MCEdit before. The editor is powerful, and similar in some of its concepts to Photoshop.  Like Photoshop, it takes some practice to get the most out of it.

If you are interested in giving MCEdit a try, please download it from the above link.  You'll also need a version of Minecraft installed (­).  Kids who are familiar with MCEdit would be most welcome to help out with the session by showing others some of what they have learned.

Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It's an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple micro-controller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board. We'll be playing a bit with some Arduinos, writing short programs and building circuits that respond to inputs or their environment. If you happen to have an Arduino, bring it!

See you guys tomorrow and happy coding!
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