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Kids Code Organizational Meeting

  • Mar 10, 2013 · 10:00 AM

Have you seen the code.org project? Well we have! And it seems like a natural fit for Denhac. A team of members and people in our community are getting together to discuss how we can get involved with teaching kids to code. If you're interested in learning more, lending your coding or kid management talents, and want to get involved, stop by!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Storm was mostly a non-event so we'll see y'all in the morning! Don't forget to spring your clocks forward (boo).

    March 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We will update this event tomorrow afternoon/early evening about whether or not we will postpone due to the weather. Please make sure to check here or the Denhac website for any cancellations.

    March 8, 2013

  • Skye S.

    Some interesting kids and achievements here -

    http://mashable.com/2013/03/03/youth-innovators/

    I'm coming to this meeting and bringing my teenage son who codes. He's in the IB program and might be willing to help with this program as his main Junior-year volunteer opportunity.

    I think there's danger in underestimating kids' ability to learn language and code while overestimating their ability to stay focused/motivated on a long-term goal imposed from the outside. Note how many of these apps were created by kids for their own purposes ('scratching their own itch') - by this I mean useful apps/sites over games.

    Can't wait to talk about this! -S

    March 4, 2013

    • Andy L.

      I would love to talk to you about your experiences with kids! Specifically regarding your comment about the danger of underestimating their ability to to learn while overestimating their ability to stay focused. That has definitely been my primary focus with this project. I want these kids to take ownership of the project, but I have to balance that with the likelihood that they can stay on track with actually learning how to code, rather than slacking off and becoming unproductive. You seem to imply that you have some relevant and informative experience. Please respond to me here, to my email, or call[masked] between 7am and 11pm. Thanks!

      March 4, 2013

    • Skye S.

      I'll call you

      March 6, 2013

  • James E.

    About 3 weeks ago, I found my 10 yr old reading my Land of Lisp book, and he said "Dad, I want to learn Lisp." He's used Scratch, and made a game with it and really liked it, but after that he hadn't been doing any Scratch time. I talked with him and his younger brother (7) and we decided to set up a weekly meeting where we talk about code, and learn a language. I picked up "Python for Kids" and we're starting by going through that. Yesterday was our first meeting. I had 3 7 yr olds, and 5 10 yr olds. We talked about what code is and why it might be important to learn to code even if you don't want to be a programmer. We watched the code.org video and one of a 12 yr old that did a TED talk about writing apps. I told them that this meeting was for them. Whatever they wanted to talk about wrt to code or computing or tech, it was their time to ask and discuss. We spent about 1.5 hours on topics, and 30 minutes on the book, so they learned a tiny bit of python so far :)

    March 4, 2013

    • James E.

      Sure thing. I see you're on mod moms. I'll send you an email.

      March 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a meeting to figure out the how/what/when of the why. We already know the why and I do think the kids should have a say on the how/what/when. However, there are some things that we need to decide going forward - age groups, skill levels, gauging the commitment from volunteers w/coding experience to mentor - that we need to talk about specifically on Sunday. That is the purpose of this meeting. Bringing kids to this meeting is fabulous! It's quite probable they'll be getting started coding while the rest of us figure out the logistics. I'm looking forward to everyone's contribution to the discussion.

    March 5, 2013

  • Skye S.

    I'm under the impression that this is an organizational meeting for the purpose of exploring setting up a coding class for kids. I'm sure that they have an agenda etc (http://www.time-management-guide.com/meeting-planning.html). I think it would be fine to have kids in the meeting as long as they want to be involved in an organizational meeting and understand how to behave/when to give input.

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to make this event, but I would love to be involved as a tutor. Let me know how I can get involved going forward!

    March 2, 2013

    • Andy L.

      Don't worry about making this meeting, but (somewhat arbitrarily and preliminarily) I've decided to make this a regular thing on the second Sunday of each month. We should have a more concrete schedule in place after this first meeting.

      March 4, 2013

  • Gus S C.

    Jy and I would like to bring some programming stuff from 100 to 1200

    March 4, 2013

    • Gus S C.

      Okay I will try again......

      March 4, 2013

    • Gus S C.

      We want to come from 1000 to 1200 hrs ... we are looking to bring stuff that is programming related and has instant gratification ... like configuring an IP camera to detect motion.... info about us ==> http://resume.nope9.c...­

      March 4, 2013

  • Skye S.

    Bringing teenage son - codes C++ better than I do!

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Eve

    Yes! THIS.

    March 2, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Right?!

      March 2, 2013

  • Nate S.

    I can't attend this time, but I'd love to be part of this group - I work at Denver Public Library, and we could provide both teens and space!

    2 · March 2, 2013

    • Andy L.

      I'm thinking for now it will be the second Sunday of every month. The purpose of this first meeting will be to try to get the kids on track to take ownership of this project and figure out what they want to do with it. Tutors (or "mentors" as the coderDojo literature calls them) will be there to provide support and instruction when needed.

      March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For those of you who can't come on the 10th but are interested in participating, I'm sure we'll be posting events and meetings on the website. I'm not sure if we'll continue to use the denhac public mailing list for communications but shoot me an e-mail with your contact info and I'll make sure we keep you in the loop.

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn it! I forgot I work all next weekend! Bummer. :( I'm still interested in this endeavor.

    March 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cool

    1 · March 2, 2013

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