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Denhac Dojo: Coding Club for Kids

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  • denhac

    975 E 58th Ave, Unit N, Denver, CO (map)

    39.803070 -104.974937

  • UPDATE: POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER

    The result of our organizational meeting this past Sunday and inspired by the code.org project, we'll be having a hands on workshop for all student age kids during which we'll be demonstrating the MaKey MaKey and then teaching kids how to code a program in Scratch to apply to the MaKey MaKey. All students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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  • Jill S.

    About Scratch: I really like the short teaser video from our previous meeting (http://www.code.org/learn/scratch ) and think it's a great launching point. I encountered this well-organized site: http://learnscratch.org/ and went thru the 8 "video lessons" that are part of "Scratch 1". The structure/experimentation is great but I do not think anyone has the patience for all those videos. Fortunately, the key screenshots for those 8 lessons are handily included in a PDF under Resources > Lesson Plans > Scratch 1. I have not dived in to the Scratch 2 or Scratch 3 Lesson Plans but noticed Variables mentioned as Lesson 20 of Scratch 2. My hope is to compile a condensed lesson plan of what would be valuable to hit on (with my kids and whoever chooses to hang with us) for Sunday. I think it'll have 10-20 points, and I'll make it shareable when I figure it out. Of course it'll have a point or two on keyboard input so kids will have the ability to integrate Makey Makey. (cont.)

    March 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      one nice thing about scratch is you can download other people's projects from the scratch website and modify them/reverse engineer them, thats how my son learned it.

      March 23, 2013

    • Jill S.

      Here's my Scratch doc so far: http://nabihandjill.c...­ My current structure is designed for kids to do the first 3 pages, then take time to explore and experiment. Later, kids do the last 3 pages where the final step is a 10-minute video that very nicely introduces variables, conditionals and operators too. (I'm suggesting that this format would be successful with my kids, I can't speak to others.)

      I've tested it on my kids but will test it on other kids this week. If you have feedback from an adult or kid perspective please let me know.

      March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you all want to reschedule tomorrow's meeting to either 3/31 or 4/7 or try to chance it? I will very likely not be there tomorrow if we decide to go for it.

    March 23, 2013

    • Alex B.

      Sound like most people are cancelling, I will call my guests and tell them we are rescheduling.

      March 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      So it sounds as though a re-schedule is the desired choice by most who have responded. I'm going to postpone this for tomorrow then and we will get the new date up on the calendar ASAP.

      March 23, 2013

  • Jamie M.

    Hi Jane, We vote for rescheduling . If you do decide to stick to the 24th it will only be Paris and I....The others are getting colds. I will check later to see what is best for the group.

    March 23, 2013

  • Alex

    This is a bit promotional (sorry) but the movie does show you how kids can make 3D shapes and 3D games:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GWcb3aG2w0&feature=player_embedded

    March 23, 2013

  • Alex

    Perhaps some other time you could explore how to use some of our CU tools to get kids into CS through game design. AgentSheets and AgentCubes (3D web games) are used in many schools in Colorado:

    http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2012/5/148567-programming-goes-back-to-school/fulltext

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make this one (GDC) but I want to start helping with the code initiative (which is why I joined, that and DenHac seems cool if I can make it that far out more often).
    As an aside, I mentioned that you guys are doing code.org inspired events as are some of us over at Orbotix. If you don't mind the spam, there was some interest this morning about the possibility of unifying our efforts (I mentioned what I had heard at last night's CIGDA meeting).
    http://www.meetup.com/sphero-rangers/

    March 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's terrific!

      March 21, 2013

  • Skye S.

    bringing 3 children, Paris, Makey-Makeys and 2 adults.

    2 · March 13, 2013

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