Kids Can Code Night

Our monthly meeting will be held at the Microsoft Greater PA Office in Malvern, PA on Wednesday, June 15 from 5:30-8:00. Refreshments are provided courtesy of Infragistics.

This is a “bring your kids to philly.NET” event. The Presenters are “young-adults”. If you’d like your child to be exposed to computers and/or developers then this is your event.

Turn anything into a controller with Scratch and Makey Makey

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Scratch is a wonderful visual programming environment created and promoted by MIT. It uses linkable building blocks to create complete programs. People all over the world makes games and animated stories. Scratch can also use your microphone and webcam (with your permission) so that you can add a personal touch to your creations. A vast community has formed online where kids can view each others creations and take apart how they were built so they can learn to improve their own programs.

But there’s more! Makey Makey allows you to turn anything in to a controller! Can you imagine playing music with a banana or playing a game with a controller drawn on a piece of paper? It’s possible (and really fun) with Makey Makey and Scratch.

This topic is perfect for younger kids who might not be ready for text based code. The visual nature of Scratch allows kids to easily see how their program is executing and they will being to understand programming flow and how the computer makes decisions on what to do next. But don’t let Scratch’s visual nature fool you. It is quite capable of complex programs as well.

Learn to Code with the Processing Language

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 6:45 pm

A great way for kids to get started learning the basics of coding is to use the Processing platform. It emphasizes learning the fundamentals of computer graphics and learning about the building blocks of programming. The simpler code allows kids to concentrate on learning to instruct the computer to draw 2D and 3D graphics. At the same time they are learning about common programming constructs such as variables, if/else and for loops.

This topic is perfect for kids who are ready to make computer programs with text based code. It is simple enough that parents should be able to follow along and be ready to help kids continue at home. However, it is powerful enough to grow with their increase in skills and there are great books you can add to your library that cover Processing in depth.