A lot has changed since…

A lot has changed since the last post. For one thing this is Jason Harpole posting instead of David Welch. David did a great job running the coderdojo then he past it on to me a long while ago. I just finally got to posting on the website. I will make a habit of posting regularly. Next meeting is at September 21, 2019 – 2:00p.m. to 5:00p.m. 10267 St. Charles Rock Rd. St. Ann, MO at the Rock Road branch of the St.Louis county library. Not at CenturyLink like it used to be. A greenscreen with effects running in realtime was introduced at the last meeting. It was a lot of fun. Green screen is the process of acting in front of a green background and the background is replaced in the computer with anything. Works in multiple layers to.
The green background behind the actors can be replaced with a alien planet and a video of snow with a green background can be added in front resulting in the actors appearing in a blizzard. Of course if the actor picks up a green cloth and puts it over themselves the result looks like the invisibility cloak in Harry Potter. Python can be used to automate which effects show up on the screen at what time. Many projects are in work for future meetings. New educational material is being written up. Robots will come eventually. Its taking time because we are going with some seriously advance, impressive, and large robots. Its going to be amazing.

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Back to code

Summer is beginning to wind down, all the kids are back in school, thoughts are beginning to turn to autumn and by extension winter, where days are spent indoors looking out over snow-covered lawns – wait, what!?!  It was spring like, two weeks ago!!!

Yep, summer has once again bestowed incredibly long days that are over in the blink of an eye.  And you know what that means??? Pretty soon, you’re kids will be inside during an autumn rain saying things like “it’s booorrrinnnggggg” and “there’s nothing to doooooo” with the same consigned attitude to their impending doom that the French military has whenever they encounter an enemy.  And you, yes YOU, dear sir or madam, are going to have to be the “adult” in the room and come up with (and/or steer them away from) suggestions on what they can and cannot do in the house.

Yep, these are heady days for CoderDojo – no more soccer practice or Cardinals games to distract from the discovery and amazement that kids can find while coding!!!

Don’t get me wrong – physical activity is essential to happiness and balance in every person’s life (don’t believe me: watch this).  We encourage you and yours to go out and move – but fall and winter are our domain, if you pardon the pun. 😉 It takes a lot of work and incentive to get most kids to think of math, science, engineering, etc. when there are waterslides, swimming pools, swings, races, sports, camping, fishing, and the like to be had.

But what can kids do when the sun sets at 4 pm???

Besides video games and HobbyKidsTV?

See you at the next dojo!

Summer doldrums

Summer is always a tough time for the dojo – who wants to be in front of a computer when they’ve got a soccer game!?! But regardless of the allure of golden summer, we’re still holding dojos every second Saturday of the month, so come and keep me company! Find the latest dojo by checking out Zen: https://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/us/saint-louis-mo/coderdojostl

No make-up dojo

Hi ninjas and parents,

Unfortunately, we can’t find enough mentors to fill out a make-up dojo to replace March’s lock-out, so we’ll have to wait for April.  I know, it’s a bummer.  But you can checkout the Learning Resources on the CoderDojo wiki (“Kata”) for challenges and new things to learn in the meantime.  And if you have any questions, ping one of our mentors on the CoderDojo platform (coderdojo.com).

I’ve also got assurances from our host that they’ve put measures in place to make sure we don’t get locked out again and they already have people lined up for the next three dojos to make sure we won’t be out in the cold!

 

Happy coding,

Dave W.

November Second Saturday Dojo – November 12th

Our next dojo event is Saturday, November 12th, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CST) at CenturyLink Cloud – 575 Maryville Dr.. 4th Floor. Saint Louis, MO

Please go to https://zen.coderdojo.com/ to register!

 Join us and learn how to program in a fun, engaging atmosphere for both kids and parents.  We’re a free coding club for youth and young adults (“ninjas”) ages 5-17.  We’ll teach the basics and show you where you can learn more!

October Second Saturday Dojo – Oct 8!

Our next dojo event is Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CST) at CenturyLink Cloud – 575 Maryville Dr.. 4th Floor. Saint Louis, MO

Please go to https://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/us/saint-louis-mo/st-louis to register!

 Join us and learn how to program in a fun, engaging atmosphere for both kids and parents.  We’re a free coding club for youth and young adults (“ninjas”) ages 5-17.  We’ll teach the basics and show you where you can learn more!

Parents and Ninja! Please register…

Parents and Ninja! Please register on the global CoderDojo webite at https://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/us/saint-louis-mo/st-louis