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CoderDojoTo & STEMCA’s robotics event (part of Toronto Maker Festival)

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On Sunday, June 19th 2016 at Bitmaker in Toronto, CoderDojoTo will be partnering with STEMCA to provide a fun introduction to robotics. This event is a Maker Festival Toronto satellite event.

Easy Robotics Essentials

The main requirement to use STEMCA Inventor is a laptop with Firefox or Chrome (OS doesn’t matter) and Android tablet/phone (Bluetooth is also required on the Android device, for controlling the robots).

Extra fun

We will have robots for participants that choose to do the robotics projects can try them on the spot. There would be also voice and image recognition based projects that will not require a robot, so the participants can continue to work on them at home after the event.

We will also have robotics demos to inspire future projects, and an Oculus VR for VR applications (which is growing very fast in popularity).

ABOUT STEMCA Inventor

STEMCA Inventor platform combines open source + commercial hardware components based on Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Lego Mindstorms EV3/NXT, Neato, MBot, etc (more coming) with powerful Android mobile development in an advanced and easy to use form with affordable components to empower anyone age 8+ to become inventors and/or teachers and contribute to the advance of science, technology and engineering for a brighter future.

ABOUT CoderDojo Toronto

CoderDojo is a free computer club for kids, which started in Ireland in 2011 and grew quickly into a global community of over 875 clubs operating in 65 countries. Starting 2013, CoderDojoTo remains the only consistently active CoderDojo group in Canada. We work within communities to provide free computer workshops in fun learning environments – breaking down barriers, challenging social and economic stereotypes, and empowering youth to shape their world through code.

Why is this important?
Computing is an increasingly important form of literacy. Code is part of a booming industry, with a growing skills gap. There are more tech jobs in Canada than there are qualified candidates to fill them. Code will be used to help solve global problems. Unforeseen employment opportunities will continue to be created with code. Code is good for your brain – whether it’s solving a problem for a personal indie game or building the next big industry.

90% of Canadian firms surveyed said they have some form of IT skills gap. (CompTIA survey)

55% of Canadian Chief Information Officers (CIOs) say it’s difficult to find skilled tech professionals today. (Robert Half Technology)

2%-3% The unemployment rate in the Information and Communications Technology and Digital Media industries, statistically viewed as full employment. (Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Entertainment Software Association of Canada (ESAC) White Paper)

2.7 million Canadians are self-employed entrepreneurs or 8% of the total population. (Statistics Canada)

How can we fix this gap?
It is our vision that every young Canadian has the opportunity to learn to code. We hear from teachers, students, and community organizations who want to start a code program but lack resources and training. To combat this, we have packaged our full-colour paper lesson plans into curriculum kits and are working with schools and libraries across the GTA to support their goals of starting their own computer literacy programs.

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EVENT DETAILS:

This special event is part of Toronto’s Maker Festival. We will be working with STEMCA to bring students a guided robotics workshop. YOU MUST REGISTER AT EVENTBRITE TO BE GUARANTEED A TICKET TO THIS EVENT.

CoderDojoTo’s mission is to introduce young people to the joy of computing. We provide a fun learning environment for students and parents alike, breaking down barriers, challenging social and economic stereotypes, and empowering youth to shape their world through code.

Not technical? You can still help out! Get in touch to see where you can lend your talents to join the community supporting the CoderDojo initiative!

See you at the Dojo!

*CoderDojoTo is held at Bitmaker Labs, a code academy for adults. It is located up a small flight of stairs. Wheelchair access is unfortunately not available at this time.

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Gifts For Kids Who Love To Code

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Below are some other ideas of gifts for kids who love code.
Thanks tomoderndaydonnareed for adding to this list!

Scratch & Scratch Jr.

Download the free Scratch Jr iPad app, or visit the web site armed with these Scratch worksheets to learn the basics of programming.

Minecraft

It’s a common fact that kids who like to code also love Minecraft. You can download computer versions or purchase console versions of the game on their website.

Snap Circuits Jr.

Give your child an exciting, hands-on introduction to electronics with Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100. This innovative kit contains over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Recommended for children 8 and older, this set offers 101 do-it-yourself projects that will give your child an entertaining, concrete education on how electronics work.

Goldie Blox and The Movie Machine

GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine teaches kids how to make their own movies. A story + construction kit—in GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, Goldie and her gang of friends team up to invent a solution and save the Bloxtown Film Festival from being canceled. Kids learn how to build a zoetrope, a pre-cinema animation device, while learning about illustration and animation. New characters + pieces! GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine introduces Li Gravity and Valentina Voltz, the series first male and Latina characters, as well as newly engineered pieces that are compatible with all GoldieBlox sets.

Robot Turtles Game

Robot Turtles is the most-backed board game in Kickstarter history. It sneakily teaches programming fundamentals to kids ages 4 and up. Inspired by the Logo programming language. the game lets kids write programs with playing cards. For 2-5 players. Invented by Dan Shapiro and seen on NPR, Bloomberg, Make: Magazine, Boing boing, TechCrunch, Reddit, Geekmom, Geekdad and more.

Innovation First Hexbug Hive Playset

Unfold the Hexbug Nano Hive Habitat Set from Innovation First and send your Hexbug Nano Mutant Specimen skittering through a series of build-your-own mazes. With 35 included construction pieces, you can build a series of different environments for your Nano to explore. Simply fold up the habitat to take it wherever you go!

Mastermind

Test your code-cracking prowess with Mastermind, “the challenging game of logic and deduction.” The codemaker sets a code of four colored pegs–choosing from yellow, red, orange, blue, green, or white–and conceals it behind a flip-up shield. Your mission: replicate the code in 10 moves or fewer. With each of the codebreaker’s attempts, the codemaker uses red and white key pegs to offer cryptic clues about color and position. Make the game even more difficult by using multiple pegs of the same color or by leaving one or more peg holes empty. With more than 2,000 possible code combinations, every game is guaranteed to be a brain-bender. All of Mastermind’s components can be stored in the game board. Mastermind is for two players.

Code Monkey Island

Code Monkey Island is a family-friendly board game that introduces kids ages 8 and up to programming concepts used by real programmers. It takes about a minute to learn the rules and 45 minutes to play, and exposes kids to fundamental programming concepts like control structures, data structures, Boolean logic and operators, and assignment and mathematical operations.

Dash and Dot

Playtime just got smarter with Dash & Dot. Dash & Dot are part friend, part pet, and part robot ready to play and learn with you. Learn to code as you play with your new robot friends.Use free Wonder Workshop applications on the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices to program Dash & Dot to do anything you imagine!

Romo Robotic Pet

Romo is a curious digital creature who lives in your phone and explores your world on his roving base. Just download the app and dock your iPod touch (5th gen.) or iPhone device. Let him explore your world and snap photos of what he sees. Program him to respond and adapt to his environment. You can even control Romo remotely via web browser or other iOS devices – from anywhere in the world! (There is also a Romo available for the iPhone 4 & 4S.)

To continue exploring the world of coding, exploring and/or getting memberships to these great websites are also a great gift idea:

What are you getting YOUR up-and-coming coder for the holidays?

January 2015 – Build your first website (Ages 8-17)

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Starting in 2015, CoderDojo Toronto is moving to an objective based session format, aiming to welcome and challenge students across multiple sessions. Students will work through a set of activity cards to the creation of ‘My First Website’.

To prepare for this event, you might want to consider what type of website you want to make. Some ideas to get the ball rolling:

  • About your family
  • An issue that you care about (your community, environment, culture and society, music)
  • Highlight a collection or hobby (Embed videos or Scratch programs, archive your rare stamps)
  • Your small business
  • A website about sealife, horses, or dinosaurs 

If you know what you want to build a site about, what will it do? 

  • What pages will it have?
  • Who do you want to see this site?
  • Do you want people to be able to contact you from the site?
  • How should visitors of the site feel?
  • Do you want the visitors to complete an action on the site?

We are looking forward to mentoring you as you create your first website.

*Bitmaker Labs is a code academy for adults. It is located up a small flight of stairs. Wheelchair access is unfortunately not available at this time. Visit coderdojoto.com to download supplementary resources for use at home. Contact hi+toronto@coderdojo.ca with any questions about accessibility or if you have any questions about our session resources.

CoderDojoTo 7 – Podcasting

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Next Session: May 18th, 10AM

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About the session:

In this session we will learn to create and publish podcast – a format making it really simple to syndicate of audio or video programs. Many young people are teaching the world through their own podcasts. Refreshments & TTC tokens provided (ask Meaghan of Adnan at the event). This event is hosted (as always) by our awesome venue sponsor Bitmaker Labs*.

Register your free tickets:

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*Bitmaker Labs is a code academy for adults. It is located up a small flight of stairs. Wheelchair access is unfortunately not available at this time. Visit coderdojoto.com to download supplimentary resources for use at home. Contact info@coderdojoto.com with any questions about accessibility or if you have any questions about our session resources.