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2014 CoderDojoDC Schedule

The Indiegogo Campaign was a success (thanks!) ; we collected $555.00 of the $500 goal. There was a 7% processing fee (4% for indiegogo + 3% for credit card processing) which leaves $511.14. The Silver Spring Civic Building wanted $440 for 12, 2 hour sessions. This leave $71 to purchase Raspberry Pis to raffle off to those who donated, which I will order right away. 

Eric Rasch of the SSCB helped us come up with the schedule. Unfortunately our normal slot wasn’t available, but Eric was able to book Sundays from 2-4PM. We thought having a usual time would be preferable than meeting at unpredictable times. Things start up bi-weekly on the 2014-01-05, but you’ll notice that the bi-weekly pattern needed to break up in a couple places.There is a Google Calendar which you should be able to add to your calendaring app as an iCal feed.

Here are the dates/times and room names in case you would rather have them as a list:

  • 01-05-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Ellsworth
  • 01-19-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Fenton
  • 02-02-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Ellsworth
  • 02-16-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Fenton
  • 03-02-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Ellsworth
  • 03-23-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Fenton
  • 03-30-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Ellsworth
  • 04-06-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Ellsworth
  • 04-13-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Ellsworth
  • 05-11-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Ellsworth
  • 05-25-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Ellsworth
  • 06-08-14 (Sun) 02:00 PM 04:00 PM Ellsworth

So, I guess we need to start thinking again about how we want to start things up on January 5th?

High School Kid’s Awesome Kickstarter Project

Thanks to @philshapiro for pointing out this High School student’s Kickstarter project to build the Arduino or AVR-compatible Chipper Shield, that lets you plugin, program and prototype your favorite ATtiny chips. 

Thanks to @philshapiro for pointing out:

"He and a group of his 13-year-old pupils have just given a TEDx talk called How Girls Should Serve Raspberry Pi. The girls here are presenting the projects they’ve made with Raspberry Pi over this semester, but there’s another important message here: we know that STEM subjects are not just for boys, but we should recognise that not all girls are the same, so our teaching approach is doomed if we decide that the only way to get girls into engineering subjects is to “shrink it and pink it”."

Look around, you see computers everywhere! our modern world is powered by computers

but what powers computers…?
Computers are powered by CODE, Code written by people, by PROGRAMMERS. 
but there are not enough programmers… what can we do?
CoderDojo is set for the job! 

supporting children to become Coder-Poets by teaching each other and having fun while learning!

If you’ve watched past episodes of Idea Channel, you know we’re huge fans of Minecraft. This totally amazing video game allows you to build your own world from scratch, what’s not to like?!?! But it may be good for more than just fun and games. Some experts have brought Minecraft into the classroom, allowing teachers to customize lessons and students to engage with concepts in new ways. And while educational games aren’t new, Minecraft has some unique advantages that could usher in a new direction in education. In the future, students across the world may spend their class time punching trees.

Eben Upton Brings “PI” to PyCon

Thanks to CoderDojoDC dad @edsu for pointing this out…

“DojoCon is quickly becoming a highlight in the calendar for both existing and potential mentors. There is a determination among the conference organisers to make it as successful as possible in terms of all the mentors getting to know each other, looking at firm ways of taking the movement to the next level, and agreeing on further inter-dojo collaboration.”

DojoCon is quickly becoming a highlight in the calendar for both existing and potential mentors. There is a determination among the conference organisers to make it as successful as possible in terms of all the mentors getting to know each other, looking at firm ways of taking the movement to the next level, and agreeing on further inter-dojo collaboration.”