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March 2020

Hour of Code™: An Introduction to Coding

March 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Free

Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. At this free, family-friendly workshop, we welcome all individuals age 6 and above to receive an introductory experience to coding and computer science in a safe, supportive environment. Students will choose themes of Angry Birds, Minecraft, Moana, Star Wars or Dance Party for their hands-on project as they watch video-based tutorials, complete coding objectives, and learn basic coding skills.…

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CoderDojoDSM Meetup

March 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lean TECHniques, Inc., 9165 Northpark Dr, Johnston, IA 50131
Johnston, IA 50131 US
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Each month at CoderDojoDSM, students ages 8 – 18 learn to code, build a website, create an app or game, program a robot, or simply explore technology in a less-structured, creative, and social environment. This month's meetup will be at Lean TECHniques, an information technology and software development company in Johnston. CoderDojoDSM is free and students of all skill levels are welcome. A parent or guardian is required to complete the registration process. Youth age 8–13 require a parent or…

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April 2020

Coding Animations: An Introduction to Scratch

April 7 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Free

Scratch is a great way for students to be introduced to coding. Not only is Scratch fun, but by using blocks (think digital LEGOs®) instead of text, emphasis is placed on learning coding fundamentals rather than worrying about the syntax of programming language. Scratch uses blocks of code that are placed together to create programs of instructions, if/then statements, loops, expressions, and so on. Scratch also brings together communities of content creators by allowing Scratchers to share their work, remix…

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Coding Animations: An Introduction to Scratch

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Franklin Avenue Library, 5000 Franklin Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310 United States
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Free

Scratch is a great way for students to be introduced to coding. Not only is Scratch fun, but by using blocks (think digital LEGOs®) instead of text, emphasis is placed on learning coding fundamentals rather than worrying about the syntax of programming language. Scratch uses blocks of code that are placed together to create programs of instructions, if/then statements, loops, expressions, and so on. Scratch also brings together communities of content creators by allowing Scratchers to share their work, remix…

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Ready. Set. Robot! Introduction to Robotics

April 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Clive Public Library, 1900 NW 114th St
Clive, IA 50325 United States
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Free

While many of us cringe at the thought of self-driving cars, the reality of robots is upon us. From applications in agriculture and manufacturing to healthcare, military and public safety, robots are used in many industries and the applications aren’t slowing down. There is no question the next generation will be a big part of the ongoing growth of robotics!   Ready Set Robot! is an enrichment experience for youth age 8+ to learn basics about robotics. At this fun, hands-on…

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CoderDojoDSM Meetup

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Source Allies, 4501 NW Urbandale Dr, Urbandale, IA 50322
Urbandale, IA 50322 US
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Join us at CoderDojoDSM! Each month at CoderDojoDSM, students ages 8 – 18 learn to code, build a website, create an app or game, program a robot, or simply explore technology in a less-structured, creative, and social environment. CoderDojoDSM is free and students of all skill levels are welcome. This month's meetup will be at Source Allies, a technology services company based in Urbandale. A parent or guardian is required to complete the registration process. Youth age 8–13 require a…

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May 2020

Ready. Set. Robot! An Introduction to Robotics

May 5 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Valley Community Center, 4444 Fuller Road
West Des Moines, IA 50265 United States
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Free

While many of us cringe at the thought of self-driving cars, the reality of robots is upon us. From applications in agriculture and manufacturing to healthcare, military and public safety, robots are used in many industries and the applications aren’t slowing down. There is no question the next generation will be a big part of the ongoing growth of robotics! Ready Set Robot! is an enrichment experience for youth age 8 and above to learn basics about robotics. At this…

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Scratch Day

May 9 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Johnston Public Library, 6700 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA 50131 United States
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Free

Scratch Day is a global network of events to celebrate the block-based programming language, Scratch. This year the Johnston Public Library and Tech Journey are partnering together to host a free Scratch Day for central Iowa families at the Johnston Public Library between 1:30 and 4:00pm on Saturday, May 9, 2020. Scratch Day events bring together all kinds of people from the Scratch community to share projects, learn together and welcome newcomers. Last year, there were hundreds of events around…

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CoderDojoDSM Meetup

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
DMACC West Campus, 5959 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266
West Des Moines, IA 50266 US
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Free

Join us at CoderDojoDSM! Each month at CoderDojoDSM, students ages 8 – 18 learn to code, build a website, create an app or game, program a robot, or simply explore technology in a less-structured, creative, and social environment. CoderDojoDSM is free and students of all skill levels are welcome. This month's meetup will be at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Campus, home of Celebrate! Innovation, a learning exhibition and interactive workspace that preserves and celebrates America’s innovative spirit.…

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