We’ll have the regular Scratch Room, a JS/indie room where Advanced ninjas can get personalized recommendations of online curriculum and help with projects, and the good old Beginners’ room because it’s never too late to get started.
While parking is not provided, there are underground garages and aboveground lots in the area that offer all-day parking for between $2 and $4. The closest is the 550 Terry Ave N. underground garage for $2.44 all day. Enter from Republican street between Terry and Boren. A little farther away, but an easy walk and close to restaurants is the 321 Terry Ave N. garage. That has its entrance in an alley you enter from Harrison between Westlake and Terry, and it’s also $2.44 for the whole day.
Here are your top 5 bullet points about Coder Dojo:
- Suggested Ages: 8 – 18
- Skill Levels: All
- Parents must stay on premises. No drop-offs.
- Please bring a laptop for your child (Linux, Mac, or Windows) or a Windows/Windows RT tablet (some content will not run on iPads). A limited number of loaners will be available if you cannot bring one.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS SEATTLE CODERDOJO?
It’s a coding club where kids ages 8-17 can learn the skills to make computer games and other programs.
WHAT KIND OF GAMES AND PROGRAMS CAN THEY LEARN TO MAKE?
Games for the web, games for PCs and Macs, games for XBox… Racing games, adventure games, puzzle games, guessing games… If your child has never never programmed before, they’re not going to make MarioKart or Angry Birds on their first time out, but if they keep coming to CoderDojo, we’ll help them get there.
And yes, if they are mature and focused enough to want to make the next Google, Amazon, or Facebook, we can help them learn to do that too.
WHAT DOES THIS COST?
It’s free. Our organizers and mentors are volunteers and space is donated by our generous sponsors.
IS THIS A CLASS?
This is mentor-led instruction. The beginners will get some basic lessons to start with while the more advanced kids can work on their own ideas with mentors helping them when they get stuck.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Bring your age 8-17 child and a laptop running Windows, OSX (Mac), or Linux. You’ll need to stay for the whole CoderDojo (no drop-offs). Your laptop should be able to connect to WiFi and have a battery that will last for 2 hours.
WHAT SOFTWARE DO I NEED?
If your child is brand new, they’ll just need a web browser and a text editor. Every operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux) comes with these installed. If your child will need additional software, our mentors will help you install it.
CAN MY CHILD BRING A FRIEND?
You can reserve up to three child tickets. If you want to bring one of your child’s friends, as long as they’ll fit in your three and their parents are okay with you accepting the waiver on their behalf, you’re good.