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KidsCodeCamp - RailsConf 2012

The Hybrid Group

Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

KidsCodeCamp - RailsConf 2012

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1 Kid + Optional Parent Ended Free  
1 Mentor/Volunteer Ended Free  

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We Want YOU For KidsCodeCamp!

Did you ever want to make a videogame, program a robot, or create a web site? Now you can! 

Come to KidsCodeCamp, a free one-day event to learn how to use computers and technology to make things that do whatever you want.

KidsCodeCamp at RailsConf 2012 will take place on April 22, 2012 at the Austin Hilton from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM


9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

KidsRuby (http://kidsruby.com)

Ages: Older Elementary and Up

Have fun and make games, or hack your homework using Ruby! Just tell your parents or teachers you are learning Ruby programming... ;)

KidsRuby is FREE and OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE* and works on any computer. We have set aside 2 hours to teach kids how to program in Ruby using KidsRuby.

Teacher: Ron Evans (@deadprogram)


11:30 PM - 12:30 PM


We will be serving lunch outside in the park next to the O. Henry Museum. Yum!


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM 


Ages: Elementary School, but fun for all ages!

Scratch is a programming language for everyone. make interactive stories, games, music and art. Created at M.I.T., Scratch is a easy introduction to the very young, since it requires less typing. 

Teachers: Jacob Stephens (@jake_s78) and a group of his students from the Liberal Arts & Science Academy in Austin, TX.


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM


How To Make An iPhone Game


Ages: High School


It is fun to write software for the iPhone, and you can help make it funner! In one hour, we will show you how to make a simple duck shooting game. When we're done, you will walk away with the open source code to implement the game. Any kid is welcome to attend but to write your own code, you will need a modern, Intel-based Macintosh. A team of three experienced iOS developers will be on hand to help you make your own game.


Teachers: Andrew W. Donoho (@adonoho) (helping out @wpdavenport)


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM 
We're serving up a healthy snack right next to the classroom areas, thanks to Ruby Central for sponsoring! 
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Modeling The Real World 
Age: HS and up

One of the most interesting parts of a programmer's job is to create software that captures and simulates some aspect of the real world. We call this "modeling the domain".
This class will teach you how to think about the world in a way that allows you to write code that mimics its behaviors. We will focus on how you create these models in code, how to interact with them, and how to evolve them, as your understanding of the domain you are trying to model grows and evolves.
It will demonstrate the importance of naming your models and their behaviors, and how essential this is to understanding and communicating what you are building.  
This class will use Ruby as the programming language for encoding the models, but the techniques presented can be used with any language. 
Teacher: Rich Kilmer (@rich_kilmer)


Here is how KidsCodeCamp works:

1. Local volunteers will run classes intended for a particular age group (elementary, middle, or high-school age kids). Each class is from 1 to 2 hours long.

2. Kids register for free, just so everyone knows how many people will be coming.

3. Everyone has fun on the day of KidsCodeCamp!

***** YOU MUST BRING A PORTABLE COMPUTER TO ATTEND! Does not matter which kind, PC or MAC... SORRY NO iPADS/iPODS. *****

Each kid will receive a free USB drive with Open Source* software to use at KidsCodeCamp. Afterwards, they can be used at home, school, or wherever.

KidsCodeCamp at RailsConf is in participation with RailsConf 2012. Special thank you to Austin on Rails for local organization and thanks very much to Ruby Central for arranging the location, as well as breakfast and afternoon snacks.

Extra special thank you to our generous sponsors AT&T, and Famigo for helping support KidsCodeCamp with their cash donations. We really appreciate it!

*Open Source means that the actual programing code used to make the software is available for anyone to look at and modify themselves. How cool is that!

Have questions about KidsCodeCamp - RailsConf 2012? Contact The Hybrid Group

When & Where

Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CDT)

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We are Los Angeles software developers and designers that are passionate about making useful things with technology. We specialize in Go, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, connected devices, cloud computing, mobile development, and most importantly, helping you solve problems.


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