RVA Coder Dojo is a free, volunteer led, open source resource to help kids, ages 5-17, understand how to become digital producers.
Most children are outstanding digital consumers. Very few understand how the technology they consume is created. Our goal is to expose students to coding and inspire them by helping them learn more about how code makes up their digital world.
Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and shows them how to create, not simply use, new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate field of study or occupation.
We embrace the philosophy of "failing forward". We believe that through both success and failure, we create the foundations for knowledge.
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Experience Level: Beginner
Recommended Ages: 7-12
This session will be geared towards learning the basics of Scratch programming. Scratch is a visually oriented language for kids to learn programming concepts. During this session we will introduce Scratch programming through a series of very basic challenges.
This class is recommended for children who have never used Scratch before, or those who want a more basic introduction to using Scratch.
Experience Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Recommended Ages: 9-17
It's a new year, and we're going to try something new! Python is an easy to learn yet powerful programming language. In this session we start with the very basics of the language and we'll build a couple of small projects to learn the key concepts of the language. Where practical we'll draw parallels back to how the same thing would be done in Scratch.
Absolutely NO experience is required to attend this session. You do not need to have either done Scratch or Python to be successful.
Note: Python is not a "Drag and Drop" language like Scratch so be prepared to do a little typing.
Experience Level: Beginner - Experienced
Recommended Ages: 5-99
Did somebody say Star Wars and Minecraft?! Yes we did, because we have challenges that use both! Want to play with some REAL robots? We have those as well!
There will be options for a very wide variety of ages and levels of experience including some programming options favorable to early/pre-readers. This will not be a lecture but a self guided session with tools and mentors to help guide you through the experience.
This is a great way to "try out" the Dojo if you've never done coding before.