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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
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.