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Tampa Bay Area CoderDojo

5/22/2013 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM

Help Your Children to Learn How to Code. Tampa Bay Area CoderDojo is a free program brought to you by mentors who are tech startup founders from the area. These founding members of CoderDojo are gladly devoting their time and energy in the evenings on a workday so that children can understand the world around them a little better, and have a positive influence on society.

CAUTION: Dear Parents - When you REGISTER, please only use your name for sign-up. We will know the seats you requested based on the number of tickets reserved by you. Please DO NOT fill up your child's name on this form.

The session will be hour-long, but not in a classroom format. Instead, the sessions will be more like jam-sessions. Mentors will use the “Grandmother method” instead of teaching a curriculum, by focusing on admiring the productive stuff the kids do and achieve. CoderDojo's philosophy is that admiration and acknowledgement are the key to inspiration and creation of a learning context that is positive.

Mentors will encourage kids to ask each other for assistance and to google for answers. We will also encourage the more advanced kids to step up to be mentors as quickly as they can. Mentoring from within ensures our CoderDojo’s sustainability.

Here's a checklist for participation. All children must be accompanied by

A print-out of the ticket

A laptop.

Download Scratch from scratch.mit.edu before you come, or we will show you how to do it.

A parent! (Very important). Your parent must stay with you during the session.

The meeting room in the library has free wi-fi and you will receive instructions to get Internet access upon your arrival.

P.S.: If you are interested in mentoring, please send an email to support @ siliconglades.com

Other links:

Here's the talk by Mitch Resnick titled 'Let's Teach Kids To Code' that inspired us.

We have set up a google group at http://tinyurl.com/TeachKidsToCode

Learn More: Tampa Bay Area CoderDojo

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