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December 2020

Tech Journey Connection

December 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Virtual via Altoona Public Library
Free

Join us for Tech Journey Connection, a virtual event sharing what our organization has been up to and where we're headed next! Interested in learning more about how you can get involved with STEM initiatives in central Iowa? This event is for you! Tech Journey's past and present board members, executive director and students will share more information about Tech Journey's programs, current initiatives and plans for the coming year. Tech Journey's mission is to "Inspire youth to increase their…

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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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CoderDojoDSM Meetup

December 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Join us at CoderDojoDSM! Each month at CoderDojoDSM, youth ages 9 to 18 can 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. CoderDojoDSM meetups facilitate exploratory learning through project-based work. Students are welcome to bring projects of their own or we can suggest a project. Local technology professionals serve as volunteer mentors…

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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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CoderDojoDSM January Meetup

January 23 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Virtual via Zoom
Free

Join us at CoderDojo Des Moines! Each month at CoderDojo Des Moines (CoderDojoDSM), youth ages 9 to 18 can 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. CoderDojoDSM meetups facilitate exploratory learning through project-based work. Students are welcome to bring projects of their own or we can suggest a project. Local technology…

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Introduction to Coding with Scratch: Make a Winter Blizzard

January 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Virtual via Altoona Public Library
Free

NOTE registration for this workshop is required through the Altoona Public Library. Ages 10-13 only. In this fun, hands on workshop. kids will make an animated winter snow scene that uses randomization, coordinates in a plane, loops and cloning. 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. Experience with a keyboard and mouse and multitasking in multiple applications and windows is helpful. No…

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February 2021

CoderDojoDSM February Meetup

February 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Virtual via Zoom
Free

Join us at CoderDojo Des Moines! Each month at CoderDojo Des Moines (CoderDojoDSM), youth ages 9 to 18 can 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. CoderDojoDSM meetups facilitate exploratory learning through project-based work. Students are welcome to bring projects of their own or we can suggest a project. Local technology…

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