Code Pioneer Blog

Friday Night Raspberry Pi Club

Pizza, Programming, and Pi…for six Friday nights in a row!
 
October 6 – November 10       6pm – 9pm
 
All participants will receive a complete kit*: Raspberry Pi 3, Memory Card, Touchscreen, Case and Cords. 
 
Meeting spot is our Mess Labs tinker space in East Dallas.
Learn more or sign up here.
 
 
 

*Additional accessories can be purchased during the six weeks, or you can buy your own and bring to class.

This is a great Intro to hardware and programming skills using Raspberry Pi & Python. Students who advance quickly will be able to build anything they can dream up with our support. By the end of the six weeks, all students will be able to make and do endlessly with their own computer!

Class will take place at the Tinker Space on S. Fitzhugh and will always include Dinner/Dessert/Drinks. Content is best for kids 10-14 years old. 

 

To learn more about this club or Mess Labs or to sign up, go here.

Save the Date for Our Grand Opening Event

Join Us on June 4 for Our Grand Opening!

Mess Labs is Now Open for Business!

…and we will hold our Grand Opening on Sunday, June 4, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us for food and drink as well as giveaways for upcoming camps and parties – including a drawing for a free camp every hour.

 You can learn more about Mess Labs and even book a birthday party or camp spot now at https://messlabs.com 

Mess Labs’ Dallas location is located at 501 Elm Street, #450, Dallas 75202 (Inside The Grove, Dallas coworking).

The phone number is 972-342-3838 and the email address is fun@messlabs.com

 

 

February Coding Events for Dallas Teachers and Students

For Teachers: SCRATCH EDUCATOR MEETUPS

Scratch Educator meetups are participatory professional learning experiences for teachers who want to learn more about teaching with Scratch. 

The first Meetup is taking place at The Grove, Dallas coworking on Saturday, February 11, 9:00am – Noon. We are happy to welcome educators with any level of experience in Scratch; the aim of the meetups is to build a community that shares resources and ideas and supports each other in bringing Scratch to students all over DFW.

Please join the Meetup group to RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/ScratchEd-Dallas/events/236818732/

 

 

For Students and Adult Mentors: CODE DAY DALLAS

The Grove will be hosting Code Day Dallas again Saturday, February 18 – Sunday, February 19! From the Student RND website:

WHAT IS CODEDAY?

CodeDay is a nationwide event where student programmers, artists, musicians, actors, and everyone else can get together and build apps & games for 24 hours. Students of all skill levels are welcome?—?we have workshops and mentors who can help if you’re new!

At the beginning of CodeDay, everyone with an idea comes up and pitches it to the group. If you’re on your own, or just without an idea, this is the time for you to build whatever you want.

Tickets are now available. This is a great Intro to coding for your middle or high schoolers as they do not need any experience in coding. I’ll be there for all the opening stuff and the judging. Can you tell someone you know? And hit me up if you want any info about The GroveStudent RND, or the technology/code camps I’ll be running this Summer.

Visit the official Code Day Dallas site for more info and to purchase tickets: https://codeday.org/dallas

~Mess

This team of girls won the last Dallas Code Day with their Video Game about dodging distractions during school test time!

Science and Tech Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Our Pilot Camps have been way too much fun! Enjoy some moments from those below, or start shopping Summer Camps now.

We have ten weeks planned of fun, hands-on STEM camps for children six through twelve years old. Learn to sew, make video games by writing your own code, program a MIDI controller to play music, construct a catapult, help build a cardboard city and so much more with us this Summer at The Grove, Dallas Coworking. All camps are limited to about 15 campers, so please don’t hesitate.

As always, if you have questions, you can Contact Us today. If you aren’t ready to plan your Summer, check out Spring events via our Eventbrite page.

Collaboration during Stop Motion class to create our new YouTube Channel
Working together to fix the Code on one camper’s video game
What lunchtime looks like inside The Grove
Sharing knowledge of different apps for movie creation
Things got ridiculous during the Winter Maker Days

Spring Tech Camps for Dallas Kids

It was a great Fall & Winter full of technology camps and maker days. Check out the photos and videos from those on our Renegades of Code Facebook page. Spring Events are all live, and registration is now open. We should have a Summer schedule published by February 10.

Until then, check out our Spring programs: 

Saturday Pilot Program – “Animation Lab”

Saturday, January 28, 10am – 3pm

This Saturday Camp will be a sort of “crash course/experiment” in stop motion animation concepts. It’s a great intro for kids who haven’t attended a camp yet, but I welcome kids who have been to many of my past programs, too. (You can learn more and sign up here.)

 

Spring Break Invention Week – “Fun with Makey Makey”

Monday, March 13 – Friday, March 17, 9am – 2pm

This time it’s fun with hardware and software!

First, we’ll create projects using Scratch coding language. Then, we’ll use the popular Makey Makey invention kit to make a custom MIDI controller (for musical creations) and/or a video game controller (for games). (You can learn more and sign up here.)

 

Upcoming Weekend Crash Courses

“Maker Days: Sewing Soft Circuits”

Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26, 10am – 3pm

This weekend Maker Camp is perfect for children who want to learn to hand sew and incorporate circuits to light up their stuffies and/or clothing creations. (You can learn more and sign up here.)

 

“Tech Days: Animation Lab”

Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23, 10am – 3pm

This weekend Crash Course is perfect for beginners who want to learn to create short stop motion animation and gifs on their own mobile devices or tablets.

Students will be offered three different toy sets, then taught to use the toys’ corresponding apps. They’ll also be exposed to other apps where they can create animated shorts to build up their Studio of creations. (You can learn more and sign up here.)

 

View all present and past events on our Eventbrite page.

 

 

Kids Coding Course Jan 21 & 22

We still have two spots open in next week’s

Scratch Crash Course at The Grove!

Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22

10:00am – 3:00pm  $150.00  Downtown Dallas

This weekend Crash Course is perfect for both for beginners who want to learn to create in Scratch programming language and more experienced users who want to make more complicated games or tell stories with Scratch.

Scratch Students will be assessed on their current knowledge in their first hour, then issued new challenges every hour to build up their Studio of creations.

These Crash Courses are great if you can’t make our week-long camps, or if your child needs some exposure to coding, but you aren’t certain where to start.

The Details:

Courses are best for children age seven to twelve

Pizza or sandwiches and chips are provided, as well as snacks and water (or you may opt to send a bag lunch)

Computers are furnished, but students may opt to bring their own devices

Parents may drop and pick-up children without parking, as we offer curb-side service

Join The Tribe:

Learn more about my Renegades of Code project here.

Sign up for this particular Crash Course here on my Eventbrite Page.

Learn about upcoming family events, kids camps, and teacher workshops I’m hosting here.

 

2017 Kids’ Weekend Coding Classes

After some great experiences with Winter code and creation programs, we’re offering some weekend crash courses to Dallas children between New Year’s and Summer.

These Crash Courses are great if you can’t make our week-long camps, or if your child needs some exposure to coding, but you aren’t certain where to start. Click on the camp title for more details or to sign up today.

Scratch Challenge

Saturday, January 21 & Sunday, January 22

10:00am – 3:00pm   $150.00

This weekend Crash Course is perfect for both for beginners who want to learn to create in Scratch programming language and more experienced users who want to make more complicated games or tell stories with Scratch. Students will be assessed on their current knowledge in their first hour, then issued new challenges every hour to build up their Studio of creations.

Beginning Minecraft

Saturday, February 25 & Sunday, February 26

10:00am – 3:00pm   $150.00

This weekend Crash Course is perfect for beginners who want to learn to create in Minecraft but who haven’t had the time or guidance to do so. Students will be assessed on their current knowledge in their first hour, then issued new challenges every hour to build up their worlds and their skills. (This course requires an active Mojang/Minecraft account, or you can pay $30, and we will set one up for your child)

Animation Lab

Saturday, April 22 & Sunday, April 23

10:00am – 3:00pm $180.00

This weekend Crash Course is perfect for beginners who want to learn to create short animation and gifs on their own mobile devices or tablets. Students will be offered three different toy sets, then taught to use the toys’ corresponding apps. They’ll also be exposed to other apps where they can create animated shorts to build up their Studio of creations.

Other Details:

These crash courses are best for children aged six to twelve

Pizza or sandwiches and chips are provided, as well as snacks and water (or you may opt to send a bag lunch)

Computers are furnished, but students may opt to bring their own devices

Parents may drop children without parking, as we offer curbside service

Some courses include a take-home item like books, action figures, or project card sets

Location:

The Grove, Dallas Coworking

501 Elm Street, #450

Dallas, Tx 75202

For more information about Renegades of Code, visit our website: RenegadesOfCode.org

 

First Kids Code Camp Complete

Our first Code Camp was a smashing success. I pivoted a bit once I saw the list of campers and found out how many of them were brand new to coding. Instead of 15 students on Apple’s Swift Playgrounds, we had four on that learning app, three on the Scratch Jr. tablet app, and eight kids on Scratch on the web. We played ten different card and board games throughout the week.

Due to the positive feedback I’ve had from children at this camp and their parents, I’m going to once again offer Scratch at Spring Break camp, but I’m also going to offer a Minecraft option. Details about that will come in about two weeks, as I need to figure out whether my Chromebooks will handle the Minecraft play and related activities, or whether I should purchase some new devices. (Yes, I am still very much in “Pilot Camp” mode…and that’s a good thing!)

The Grove continues to be an amazing place for camps. My coworkers are being very gracious about our messes and the noise…in fact, they are interested and encouraging. I’m really grateful for that! We finished off the first Code Camp with a Nerf battle and a VR station. Running with dinosaurs, Imagine Dragons music videos, and virtual roller coaster rides were most popular. Our friend Aaron, ambassador with Dell University managed the VR station (thanks so much for that).

I’ve just published the Eventbrite ticket page for one of four weekend “Crash Courses” I’ll be offering between now and Summer here. I’m also building a list of teachers who may want to join a ScratchEd Meetup that we will hold at The Grove once a month for the next five months. If you want to get on that list, you can email me now. I’ll begin inviting people in the next two weeks. And finally, The Grove will host another Code Day in February. Check out this link to stay up-to-date on that event.

 

Two More STEM Day Camps Next Week

Next Tuesday, 12/27 and Wednesday, 12/28,  we’ll hold two more Winter Break Camp Days in Downtown Dallas, with our next whole week camp not occurring until Spring Break.

These Attend-by-the-Day Camps will fit any holiday schedule! (9:00am – 2:00pm)

Each day will feature multiple “maker” project options* in either robotics, art, electronics, or coding – and in some cases, activities will merge many of those tracks. 

Please note that we are currently located in the West End area of Downtown Dallas (you will not have to park, as we offer curbside pick-up/drop-off every day). Snacks and water provided; campers should bring a bag lunch. Camp is best for girls and boys who are six through twelve years old.

*Depending on who signs up for these, I may be able to offer maker activities AND the option of a coding “crash course” for each day. Please send a message if you think your child would prefer to learn a new coding app.

Tickets are only $75. You can sign-up here on our Eventbrite page.

Now Booking Spring Events for Your School

As I build out the Spring and Summer programs calendar, I’m missing the old days…the old days were full of slime, so…let’s bring that back. It’s easy. You sign up, I’ll show up – deal?

 

THE LAB’S SLIME BOOTHS

Beginning in March, I’ll once again offer free Slime Booths to Dallas schools. To get on the schedule, simply email me with dates, times and any other pertinent info about your school or church Spring Carnival. We provide all supplies and labor, of course.

 

NOW: FAMILY CODE NIGHTS

To promote my new Code Camp offering through the Renegades of Code brand, I will also be offering “Family Code Nights.” These events are great for a PTA or Scout Meeting theme or they can be a deliberate event centered around having children and their caregivers experience their first hour of code together. Please email me if you have any questions or to book your hosted hour of code for families. You can read more about the format for these events here on our website, or you can learn more about Family Code Night by MV Gate and its National efforts here.

 

2016 WINTER CODE CAMP SPOTS STILL FOR SALE

The instances noted above bring me to you. While I’m still figuring out the details of our next home, you can come to me this Winter at The Grove, Dallas coworking space. The week-long camps are now sold-out, but we are running some Maker Day programs for only $75 on December 27, 28 & 29. Send your littles my way so you can clean the post Christmas messes (or just watch some Netflix in peace). Sign up on the Eventbrite page, or visit my website for all past and present camp details. 

As always, I’m sending many thanks for your support these past few months. -Mess