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Young Coder: Let's Learn Python

PyCon US 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

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registration is closed: we may have spots open: please email jnoller@gmail.com

Hey kids!

Ever wonder what your mother or father is doing, typing away for long hours at the computer? What about how games are made?

If you are 12 years old or over, join us for a few hours to explore how to program, and why your parents love Python so much.

Why learn programming?

You don't necessarily have to become a professional programmer. Quite the contrary, programming is rewarding as a hobby or as a profession. Learning how to program also explores how computers work. Python is a very powerful language: it is used for writing computer programs, making websites & games, scientific & mathematic computing, among other things. Many companies use and develop with Python: Google, NASA, the CIA, Spotify, and many others.

What will you learn?

This free tutorial will explore how to program using Python by making games. We will start with learning Python's simple data types, including numbers, letters and strings, and lists. We will also explore comparisons, if-statements, and loops. Finally, we will combined our new knowledge by creating our own game using the PyGame library.

What do you need to attend this tutorial?

Nothing. Yup. Okay well, you'll need smile on your face. We will provide monitors, keyboards, and Raspberry Pis with Python + PyGame on it. For every student, we will also give a copy of Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners, an excellent resource for young coders learning Python.



This tutorial one day long on both Wednesday March 13th & Thursday March 14th. 

Wednesday March 13th: Ages 12 - 15 years old
Thursday March 14th: Ages 15 years old - 18 years old 

Both days will have the following format:

9:00 am - Welcome, Introductions
9:15 am - Tutorial begins
1:00 pm - Tutorial wrap up + Lunch (provided)
2:00 pm - [Optional] Open space for continued hacking
4:00 pm - Wrap up

PyCon Parents

Your children attending this tutorial are welcome to join you for lunch and the conference. Please keep in mind we offer no childcare during the conference.


Want more information? Interested in volunteering? Contact Lynn Root.

Have questions about Young Coder: Let's Learn Python? Contact PyCon US 2013

When & Where

Santa Clara Convention Center
5001 Great America Pkwy
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM (PDT)

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