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: Intermediate
Recommended Ages: 8-17
Note: This is a slightly more advanced topic and might be challenging for kids below the recommended age. Most of the difficult code will be provided.
Encryption continues to be a hot topic in our world. In this session we'll learn about how encryption has evolved from the earliest attempts to how it has become a part of our every day lives. Using the Web we will explore several different ways to encrypt information, and use our programs to allow us to send and read secret messages.
Experience Level: Beginner - Experienced
Recommended Ages: 5-99
Did somebody say Moana, Star Wars and Minecraft?! Yes we did, because we have challenges that offer you the chance to work with all of those! Want to play with some REAL robots? We have those as well!
There will be options for a very wide range 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.