What we're about
"Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, [even very] young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer." [Source: http://scratchjr.org/ ]
Who should join this Meetup: Moms and/or Dads of kids in the approximate age range of 5-14 years.
"[All] Meetup members and organizers must be at least 18 years of age. Therefore, Meetup groups must be targeted at, and only offer opportunities for those who are over 18. While Meetups are welcome to provide activities for families, any children present at a Meetup must be supervised and accompanied by an adult guardian." [Source: https://www.meetup.com/guidelines/?subnav=member ]
This Meetup aims to hold monthly or perhaps even weekly meetings where small groups of kids ranging in age from 5-14 years can get together (for 0.5 to 4 hours at a time, depending on their attention span) to learn and teach each other their programming language(s) of choice through Pair Programming, shown below:
Read more about Scratch Jr. in this MIT/PBS KIDS press release (http://news.mit.edu/2015/new-pbs-kids-scratchjr-app-1203) released in December of 2015.
Try to bring your own laptops and/or tablets with programming environments installed and be ready to share them with your partner. For two very popular Scratch Jr. programming environments featuring kids' favorite characters from Wild Kratts (http://pbskids.org/wildkratts/), Nature Cat (http://pbskids.org/naturecat/), WordGirl (http://pbskids.org/wordgirl/) and Peg + Cat (http://pbskids.org/peg/), see the following links for iPad (https://goo.gl/sBRbHS) and Android (https://goo.gl/wJ8jw5).
But if you don't have a laptop or device, then please consider attending anyway: Pair Programming means two people use a single device, so as long as half or more of the kids bring devices, everyone will be able to participate.
First-timers should try to complete Course 1 on code.org (https://studio.code.org/s/course1) (or be familiar with their programming environment of choice) on their own before attending their first Youth Coding Club Meetup, but it's ok if you're not able to do so.