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Register Now for CoderDojo Metuchen’s August 20, 2016 Session

Register now for our next session with our special guests!

Team Half Fast Astronaut, from Edison, will be bringing Blacksmith – Battlebot to our next Dojo on August 20th!

Blacksmith is one of the amazing combat robots that competed on the current season of BattleBots on ABC. Its main weapon is a hammer with a flamethrower set inside.

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Metuchen Borough Library

Join CoderDojo Metuchen for another great afternoon of programming, learning, and sharing great coding projects for kids from 7 to 17 years old!

Registration is required in advance for all events. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by a parent. A limited number of loaner laptops may be available – if your child has a laptop to bring, please do!

Registration is limited to 30 participants, so be sure to sign up early.

Our Dojo is open to all kids 7 to 17, however, as with other events hosted at the Metuchen Public Library, priority is given to residents of Metuchen. If you are not a Metuchen resident, you may register and add yourself to the wait list. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

Got a question?

Check-out the FAQ or leave a comment below…

Want to get a head-start on some of the stuff we’ll be working on?

Check-out the Learn page or CoderDojo Foundation’s HTML starter exercises

Ready to make the leap from Scratch to HTML, JavaScript, Python, etc…?

Take a few minutes to install a programmer’s text editor like Notepad++ (Windows) or Text Wrangler (Mac) ahead of time.

Need some assistance? We’ll be happy to help – just let us know!

Register Now for CoderDojo Metuchen’s May 21, 2016 Session

Registration for the May 21, 2016 session is now live. Register Now!

Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Metuchen Borough Library

Join CoderDojo Metuchen for another great afternoon of programming, learning, and sharing great coding projects for kids from 7 to 17 years old!

Registration is required in advance for all events. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by a parent. A limited number of loaner laptops may be available – if your child has a laptop to bring, please do!

Registration is limited to 30 participants, so be sure to sign up early.

Our Dojo is open to all kids 7 to 17, however, as with other events hosted at the Metuchen Public Library, priority is given to residents of Metuchen. If you are not a Metuchen resident, you may register and add yourself to the wait list. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

Got a question?

Check-out the FAQ or leave a comment below…

Want to get a head-start on some of the stuff we’ll be working on?

Check-out the Learn page or CoderDojo Foundation’s HTML starter exercises

Ready to make the leap from Scratch to HTML, JavaScript, Python, etc…?

Take a few minutes to install a programmer’s text editor like Notepad++ (Windows) or Text Wrangler (Mac) ahead of time.

Need some assistance? We’ll be happy to help – just let us know!

Register Now for CoderDojo Metuchen’s April 16, 2016 Session

Registration for the April 16, 2016 session is now live. Register Now!

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Metuchen Borough Library

Join CoderDojo Metuchen for another great afternoon of programming, learning, and sharing great coding projects for kids from 7 to 17 years old!

Registration is required in advance for all events. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by a parent. A limited number of loaner laptops may be available – if your child has a laptop to bring, please do!

Registration is limited to 30 participants, so be sure to sign up early.

Our Dojo is open to all kids 7 to 17, however, as with other events hosted at the Metuchen Public Library, priority is given to residents of Metuchen. If you are not a Metuchen resident, you may register and add yourself to the wait list. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

Got a question?

Check-out the FAQ or leave a comment below…

Want to get a head-start on some of the stuff we’ll be working on?

Check-out the Learn page or CoderDojo Foundation’s HTML starter exercises

Ready to make the leap from Scratch to HTML, JavaScript, Python, etc…?

Take a few minutes to install a programmer’s text editor like Notepad++ (Windows) or Text Wrangler (Mac) ahead of time.

Need some assistance? We’ll be happy to help – just let us know!

Metuchen Makers Day on March 19th

Screenshot of Metuchen Makery Presents - March 19, 2016

Saturday, March 19th, 2016 from 1pm to 4pm at the Metuchen Public Library

We aren’t doing the usual coding event in March but we’re very excited to be joining in the Library’s Makers Day event on March 19th to launch our second year of CoderDojo Metuchen – part of New Jersey’s second annual NJ Makers Day!

Hope you can stop by – come chat with us, see all the other cool stuff happening at the Makery, etc., etc… 🙂

For those of you who have been around for a while, you will remember that NJ Makers Day 2015 was the event that kicked off CoderDojo Metuchen’s programs.

It’s been an amazing first year, and we continue to appreciate all the kids and parents who have come to our monthly Saturday events to learn about programming and to share coding projects with their friends.

Some of the programs you’ll be able to enjoy at the event:

  • “Design Your Own T-shirt”
  • “3D Design and printing”
  • “Marble roller coaster”
  • “WeDo”
  • “Mindstorms EV3”
  • “CoderDojo Metuchen” (that us!)
  • “Storystarter”
  • “Creative Engineering with LEGO/K’nex”
  • “Computer / Equipment Autopsy”
  • “Creative Art”
  • “Paper Collage”
  • “Painting demo / workshop”

 

Hope to see you there – we’ll be back in April for our regularly scheduled CoderDojo coding event!

Register Now for CoderDojo Metuchen’s February Session

Registration for the February session is now live. Register Now!

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Metuchen Borough Library

Join CoderDojo Metuchen for another great afternoon of programming, learning, and sharing great coding projects for kids from 7 to 17 years old!

Registration is required in advance for all events. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by a parent. A limited number of loaner laptops may be available – if your child has a laptop to bring, please do!

Registration is limited to 30 participants, so be sure to sign up early.

Our Dojo is open to all kids 7 to 17, however, as with other events hosted at the Metuchen Public Library, priority is given to residents of Metuchen. If you are not a Metuchen resident, you may register and add yourself to the wait list. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

Got a question?

Check-out the FAQ or leave a comment below…

Want to get a head-start on some of the stuff we’ll be working on?

Check-out the Learn page or CoderDojo Foundation’s HTML starter exercises

Ready to make the leap from Scratch to HTML, JavaScript, Python, etc…?

Take a few minutes to install a programmer’s text editor like Notepad++ (Windows) or Text Wrangler (Mac) ahead of time.

Need some assistance? We’ll be happy to help – just let us know!

Register Now for CoderDojo Metuchen’s December Session

Registration for the December session is now live. Register Now!

Date: Saturday, December 19, 2015
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Metuchen Borough Library

Join CoderDojo Metuchen for another great afternoon of programming, learning, and sharing great coding projects for kids from 7 to 17 years old!

In this and upcoming sessions we’ll be exploring coding using Scratch, Pencil Code and similar online learning sites. Some of the fun upcoming projects at future sessions will include:

  • Building a website
  • Creating a Tower of Hanoi game
  • Making a scrolling platformer in Scratch
  • And… seeing how you can Mod with Minecraft

All these and more projects are in the works for upcoming sessions through 2016.

Registration is required in advance for all events. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by a parent. A limited number of loaner laptops may be available – if your child has a laptop to bring, please do!

Registration is limited to 30 participants, so be sure to sign up early.

Our Dojo is open to all kids 7 to 17, however, as with other events hosted at the Metuchen Public Library, priority is given to residents of Metuchen. If you are not a Metuchen resident, you may register and add yourself to the wait list. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

HOUR OF CODE – All ages, No registration needed

Can’t make it to our regular monthly session? Check-out our special Hour of Code at the Metuchen Public Library on Saturday, December 12, 2015. We encourage all ages to come learn the first steps to programming! NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY for the Hour of Code.

Got a question?

Check-out the FAQ or leave a comment below…

Want to get a head-start on some of the stuff we’ll be working on?

Check-out the Learn page or CoderDojo Foundation’s HTML starter exercises

Ready to make the leap from Scratch to HTML, JavaScript, Python, etc…?

Take a few minutes to install a programmer’s text editor like Notepad++ (Windows) or Text Wrangler (Mac) ahead of time.

Need some assistance? We’ll be happy to help – just let us know!

Register Now for CoderDojo Metuchen’s November Session

Registration for the November session is now live. Register Now!

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Metuchen Borough Library

Join CoderDojo Metuchen for another great afternoon of programming, learning, and sharing great coding projects for kids from 7 to 17 years old!

In this and upcoming sessions we’ll be exploring coding using Scratch, Pencil Code and similar online learning sites. Some of the fun upcoming projects at future sessions will include:

  • Building a website
  • Creating a Tower of Hanoi game
  • Making a scrolling platformer in Scratch
  • And… seeing how you can Mod with Minecraft

All these and more projects are in the works for upcoming sessions through 2016.

Registration is required in advance for all events. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by a parent. A limited number of loaner laptops may be available – if your child has a laptop to bring, please do!

Registration is limited to 30 participants, so be sure to sign up early.

Our Dojo is open to all kids 7 to 17, however, as with other events hosted at the Metuchen Public Library, priority is given to residents of Metuchen. If you are not a Metuchen resident, you may register and add yourself to the wait list. You will be contacted if space becomes available.

Got a question?

Check-out the FAQ or leave a comment below…

Want to get a head-start on some of the stuff we’ll be working on?

Check-out the Learn page or CoderDojo Foundation’s HTML starter exercises

Ready to make the leap from Scratch to HTML, JavaScript, Python, etc…?

Take a few minutes to install a programmer’s text editor like Notepad++ (Windows) or Text Wrangler (Mac) ahead of time.

Need some assistance? We’ll be happy to help – just let us know!

Big Thanks to the Folks at Barnes & Noble Menlo Park for Hosting CoderDojo Metuchen at Mini Maker Faire

Just got back from our local Barnes & Noble Menlo Park, where CoderDojo Metuchen was graciously hosted as part of the Mini Maker Faire weekend.

Big thanks go out to all who made the event possible – it was great to see the variety of programs scheduled over the three-day event – they even had a life-sized dinosaur tromping about the store on Friday night!

For our part, CoderDojo Metuchen had a few mentors at the store – we gave some demos to passing kids and parents about the kind of stuff we do at our monthly workshops. Handed out some flyers. Nothing too formal – just a chance to meet some folks, get the word out, and see what kinds of stuff the young maker-kids are interested in doing.

Hopefully some of the folks we met will make it to some of our upcoming sessions at the Metuchen Public Library…

Some of the highlights:

  • A journalism student who was working on an assignment to cover the Maker event. We gave her lots of info, links to our website, hopefully some quotable quotes, etc…
  • A local woman who has been trying to find more places for her son to learn about programming (many schools don’t yet do much in this area…) – we’re still hoping to find ways to kick-start more Dojos in neighboring towns, so if you’re interested… 🙂
  • An old-school COBOL programmer who gave me a chance to show-off the new turtle graphics (Pencil Code).
  • A sixth-grader who did a fly-by, checked out the Scratch workstation, said it was awesome, and then headed off to check-out some of the other fun stuff in the store (maybe the 3D printer?).

If we didn’t see you there today, hope to see you soon at an upcoming event – we’ve got a lot of exciting stuff on the horizon. Stay tuned for registration announcements and for a special event in December for the upcoming Hour of Code week.

Happy coding! 🙂