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Code Spring club for kids, ages 8-13, is planning a fun morning of interactive games and team building fun!
WHEN Saturday, October 27, 10AM-12PM
WHERE Appalachian Enterprise Center, 130 Poplar Grove Connector, Boone NC 28607
WHO Youth, ages 8-13, accompanied by an adult
Students will play interactive games, meet a professional in the technology field, and work collaboratively on programming (computational/thinking) skills.
There is ample parking. The entrance is under the large signs "NC Works" and "AEC," just down from the Senoir Center.
A parent or guardian should remain onsite for the duration of the workshop. Parents may observe the activities, choose to actively support and participate with your student, or wait in a comfortable lobby outside the conference room.
Pizza and drinks are served to students at the conclusion of the learning portion; this is an important piece in building community.
Code Spring hosted a workshop for youth, ages 8-13 and their parents on Saturday, July 14th at the Appalachian Enterprise Center in Boone, North Carolina. The workshop was the second in a summer beta program that introduced computer coding concepts to youth through an interactive games and challenges. Youth met a real-life computer programmer, learned to think like a coder through games, met new friends and ate pizza.
Front-end developer Jordan Estes shared how he got his start learning code and how he brings his professional training in theater and the arts to inform his technical problem-solving. He contrasted the spontaneous mindset of theater with the logical framework of computers. Working in teams, kids experienced this juxtaposition by using both logic and creative thinking to solve the classic river-crossing challenge.
Youth also worked in teams of 2-3 on Lightbot, a free online tool designed for the Hour of Code project. The interactive game introduced youth to instructions that a computer (the bot) can understand, using a visual platform and increasingly complex challenges.
“I started inexperienced and worked my way through. I got to know coding better than before,” said participant Maddie. Zoe, another workshop participant added, “It was fun!”
Code Spring will pilot a monthly code club for kids starting September 15 and continuing the third Saturday of the month. Dates are as follows, October 20 and November 17, February 16, March 16, May 18.
The initiative is inspired by a shared vision to impact the next generation with tools and resources in an increasingly technical world. Workshops are led by professional volunteers and sponsored by Smart Game Systems, Watauga Economic Development, Start Up High Country and Ascent Business Network.
Parents and students should register for upcoming workshops online at codespring.org.
For more information and to become a volunteer or sponsor, contact Athalia Whitworth, firstname.lastname@example.org.