This months theme is Indigenous Peoples day. The Indigenous peoples of Canada were the original inhabitants of Canada before European settlers came. There are many indigenous groups (or tribes) and all have very vibrant and distinct cultures and languages. The indigenous peoples of Canada are often referred to general as First Nations. You may also here other terms such as Inuit (which are those tribes that live in the icier arctic regions of Canada) or Métis. However there are many tribes of Indigenous peoples, some of which you may also see as part of indigenous groups in the United States as well. We will take a look at some of the indigenous languages so you can hear what they sound like, and then there will be a short demonstration of how to use the translate extension in Scratch to translate displayed text and the Text to speech extension to hear what was translated.
What is happening?
Bring your own ideas, or use our project guides that are available for all skill levels. Everybody works at their own pace with help from the Mentors. Available activities for our drop-in sessions are:
- Scratch – creating interactive stories or games (beginner, ages 6-10, minimal typing)
- Web Development – make your own website or application (intermediate, ages 10+, typing skills required)
- Arduino – learn hardware program with this easy-to-program circuit board (intermediate, ages 10+, typing skills required)
- Something else? – tell us what you’d like to learn! Let one of the mentors know what you have in mind, and they will assist you with finding resources
This workshop will be run by CoderDojo TO Chapter Champion Tyler. Participants will be building a Metronome web application using React. React is a library for building web applications that was developed at Facebook. Although this is a fairly simple program with a slider bar, button and an output, it shows the basics of setting up inputs and outputs and building parts of your web applications (often called components) using React. Once the basics are built, everybody will be encouraged to be as creative as possible and tweak their applications to make something that looks really amazing!
Things to Remember
- Kids coding drop-in lab, ages 8 – 17 only
- Bring Your Own Laptop or Android Device
- All skill levels welcome
- Bring your own ideas or use our kid-friendly resources
- Adult accompaniment required at all times
- Bring a snack, but remember that we are a Peanut-Free environment
- Have Fun!
If you have any questions, please email [email protected]rdojo.ca