"Coding For Kids" - CodeCreate: Cardboard Switching Challenge
Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (CST)
Participants begin by brainstorming their surroundings, exploring shapes, building simple animals, objects or machines (such as a lamp, rocket ship, camera or lion) out of cardboard. We will then coat those surfaces in aluminum foil to trigger an application (via a Makey Makey board) to create a response. Participants will leave with a basic introduction to programming concepts, in particular event triggers, as well as experience in building and engineering. Participants take the cardboard sculpture as well as a link to Scratch. This workshop will be geared towards those ages 8-12 but all ages and skill levels are welcome. Bringing your own laptop is appreciated but if you do not have access to one, several will be available on hand. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.