About kidOYO (link)
Kids Learning Code (link) is a process and methodology where kids learn how to write computer programs using approaches of increasing complexity starting with the basics. Kids can engage this process as young as 3 in our experience, and will advance at their own pace and self-interest.
Minecraft (link) is a 3D modelling environment and sandbox construction game. It is useful as an educational tool in many ways, instigating creativity that outputs via 3D printers, electronic prototpe devices constructed by students, learning advanced programming languages like Lua, Java or Python, not to mention the social skills it can enable when used effectively. We use an EDU-mod of Minecraft specifically in our programs.
This kidOYO monthly program develops programming and physical computing "maker" skills in kids, and is an attempt to join the interests of kids in the 7 -...?(hmm...well...?) age range... with a highly valuable educational path. It is an opportunity for students to engage in a discovery based experience that will cover a number of interactive technology experiences aimed at the creative sandbox that is Minecraft... including:
Basic game programming, artistic story telling and musical parody, engineering and science challenges, invention kits and electronic prototype testing, web literacy and publishing knowledge, and personal access to professional toy and game developers who bring a real-world context to student learning.
Ever hear of anything like it? Neither have we.. but we are excited about what it will be!
Our first student participant is 8 years old and is interested in running his own server, playing Minecraft Flans and Buildcraft, and several other creative pursuits. Our second participant is 9 years old and is already running his own server with too many interests to list. If you know of any similar kids... and we know you do... this is going to be a very unique learning event for you to consider attending.
Each monthly ticket purchase includes two weekend days from 10am - 4pm. Club members may come for the full 6 hours or for their desired time. Sorry, but we can not accomodate partial month payment options or "make up" classes.
February meeting dates are listed below:
February 8th & 16th
We love the "Maker Movement"; as professional makers of manufactured goods for the past 10+ years we know how valuable the opportunity to acquire engineering skills can be. As educational toy and technology developers, we appreciate the real-world education of making finished outcomes possible, of iterating our own efforts and "failing forward" in productive ways to give tangible value to others. As entrepreneurs exploring material science to create unique products and packaging, or designers working with subtractive injection molding and additive 3D printed prototyping processes, or programmers working with advanced tools of data science to enable new insights and services... there has never been a more exciting time to become a maker!
VIEW: kidOYO Maker Dojo Demo
More Here: www.twitter.com/kid_OYO
When & Where
- Semester-long Programs (Fall/Spring)
- Summer Camps
- Winter Subject-specific Programs
- CodeLI.org Events
- FredxCoders.com Events
- MinecraftDojo.org Events
- Professional Development Opportunities