Late Breaking News: Mentor Don from the Eastside, who has been helping manage our stock of loaners, has offered to run a clinic on how to use the Codestarter process to turn your personal Acer C720 Chromebook into a Linux machine. If you plan to attend that, please make sure your Chromebook is charged up (as we may not have a lot of outlets in the clinic area) and bring a memory stick.
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.
This week, we’re meeting at the Amazon.com Van Vorst Building.
While parking is not provided, many of the lots and garages in the area have $2 to $4 rates for all day parking. The garage at 321 Terry is $2.44 with tax. So is the garage at 550 Terry.
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.