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Code Create


Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM (CDT)

Code Create

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Learn to make your own model car, record your own film, and how to make a chair talk!  CodeCreate is a series of workshops dedicated to empowering learners through creative design with everyday technology and learner's own ideas.  This program is built on decades of internationally recognized research in technology, education, cognitive, and developmental psychology.

CodeCreate's supplements weekday schooling and invites learners to not just consume, but construct technology, leveraging both common and state-of-the-art methods and tools as well as youths' interests, passions, knowledge and creativity.

All classes are from 1:00 - 5:00PM with a 15 minute snack break.  Please let us know of any potential allergies or dietary restrictions.  Please bring a laptop if you have one available, if not there will be a few extras on hand.  Contact jeff@codecreate.us with any questions!

$50. The short URL for this workshop series is http://codecreate.eventbrite.com.

March 22 - The Model Hardware Race Car Rally

Participants explore building supplies and construct a car chassis out of corner protectors and battery holders by cutting, drilling for, and inserting aluminum axles and installing individually designed hood coverings and a motor. Students race model cars and realize the power of construction. 

Presented with Artist and Designer Alex Cruz

March 29 - The Media Mash-Up

Participants begin by brainstorming characters, creating and recording monologues, forming skits, planning shots, videotaping, editing and titling footage mixed with found digital content. Students question media and realize their own abilities to shape messages. Presented with Filmmaker and

Educator :Melvin Lyons

April 5 - The Cardboard Switching Challenge

Participants begin exploring shapes around them and building cardboard animals, objects or machines before laying on aluminum foil to trigger an individually programmed computer response. Lions can roar and rockets can boom when students make it happen.

Presented with University of Chicago Math Teacher Christina Pei

About the instructor: Jeff Sweeton has been producing digital video, film, photography, websites, scripts, apps and writing for over fifteen years and has been teaching about it for about that long as well. He currently serves as the Technology Education Manager at the Lawndale Christian Development Corporation (LCDC) as well as teaching at Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development, where he's taught a variety of media, electronics and engineering courses for about four years. Under his direction, the Community Technology Center at LCDC has been redesigned to integrate project-based, multimedia and Pop-Up learning, garnering membership in the Hive of Chicago as well as other accolades. He is also a mentor and regional trainer for the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, started at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and administered by the Boston Museum of Science, with whom he led a Computer Clubhouse for seven years while also serving as an international trainer. Under his guidance, Jeff’s Clubhouse was granted an international Kudos award in 2007. Previously, he taught in several Chicago Public Schools, leading original courses developed with After School Matters while also producing freelance video for clients including ComEd, Ciber Enterprise Solutions and the Cleveland Jewish Federation. He is a frequent  volunteer with Facets Multimedia as well as having consulted at the The Field Museum and led workshops  at the Art Institute of Chicago. Before earning his Bachelor in Fine Arts from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Jeff produced his first commissioned videos, produced around the world, while still in high school.

Have questions about Code Create? Contact CivicLab

When & Where

114 N Aberdeen St
Chicago, IL 60607

Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM (CDT)

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CivicLab was a space in the West Loop of Chicago dedicated to co-working, collaboration, tool building and education to accelerate civic engagement and community improvement efforts. We were at 114 N. Aberdeen Street. info@civiclab.us. We operated from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2015.

The URL for our EventBrite page = http://civiclab.eventbrite.com.

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