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 - Intermediate
Recommended Ages: 9-17
Python is an easy to learn yet powerful programming language. In this session we will be using a tool called "Earsketch" to make music using Python. "Earsketch" has a blocks based programming mode (kind of like Scratch) that can help us cut down on some of the typing students need to do.
Absolutely NO experience is required to attend this session. You do not need to have either done Scratch or Python to be successful.