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January 2020

Inventing with Makey Makey

January 27, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Franklin Avenue Library, 5000 Franklin Ave
Des Moines, IA 50310 United States
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Free

By connecting everyday objects to computer programs, Makey Makey electronic boards enable anyone to become an inventor. At this workshop for youth ages twelve and above, students will have fun making interactive projects like playing musical notes when touching fruit. All equipment is provided and registration is required.

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March 2020

Hour of Code™: An Introduction to Coding

March 5, 2020 @ 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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May 2020

Ready. Set. Robot! An Introduction to Robotics

May 5, 2020 @ 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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October 2020

TechTime Workshop: Create a Ghost-Catching Game in Scratch

October 19, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual via Altoona Public Library
Free

Get ready for Halloween by creating your own clicker game to catch ghosts! In this fun, hands-on virtual workshop, students ages 10 to 15 will learn the basics of coding using the block-based programming language, Scratch. Students will follow instructions to create the game and learn basic coding concepts of sequencing, repetition, events, randomness and variables. A computer with internet connection is required as students will be receiving instruction via virtual meeting software and coding in Scratch at the same time.…

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November 2020

TechTime Workshop: Introduction to Coding with Scratch

November 30, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual via Altoona Public Library
Free

Scratch is a great way for students to learn introductory coding. Not only is Scratch fun, but by using blocks and graphics, emphasis is placed on learning coding fundamentals rather than worrying about the syntax of a text-based computer programming language. Scratch uses blocks of code that are placed together to create programs and manipulate graphics. Scratch also brings together communities of content creators by allowing Scratchers to share their work, remix and learn from others. In this fun, introductory…

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December 2020

TechTime Workshop: Code a Robot to Play Rock-Paper-Scissors

December 3, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual via Altoona Public Library
Free

In this fun, hands-on and virtual introductory robotics workshop, students ages 10 to 15 will learn the basics about robots. Students will receive a brief overview of robotics and then spend time coding a robot to play the rock-paper-scissors game. Students will learn basic coding constructs such as event handlers, variables, conditionals and randomness while using Microsoft MakeCode and a micro:bit simulator. A computer with internet connection is required as students will be receiving instruction via virtual meeting software and…

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Hour of Code™ and an Introduction to Coding

December 7, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Celebrate 2020 Computer Science Education Week with Hour of Code™ Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Join Mark Frederick, Chief Technology Officer with MākuSafe, and Tim Sieber, Executive Director of Tech Journey, for this free, virtual, introductory workshop. All individuals age 9 and above are welcome to participate and receive an introduction to computer science and coding…

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Hour of Code™ and an Introduction to Coding

December 10, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Free

Celebrate 2020 Computer Science Education Week with Hour of Code™ Hour of Code™ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. Join Mark Frederick, Chief Technology Officer with MākuSafe, and Tim Sieber, Executive Director of Tech Journey, for this free, virtual, introductory workshop. All individuals age 9 and above are welcome to participate and receive an introduction to computer science and coding…

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TechTime Workshop: Code a Winer Snow Scene in Scratch

December 17, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Free

Learn how to code an animated winter snow scene using Scratch Scratch is a great way for students to learn 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 a 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…

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January 2021

TechTime Workshop: Code a Mad Libs® Story in Scratch

January 14 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Virtual via Zoom
Free

Scratch is a great way for students to learn 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 a 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 and…

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