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Nov 18 West Sound CoderDojo at WWU Center-Poulsbo

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WWU Center at Olympic College, Poulsbo

1000 Olympic College Way NW

Room 119

Poulsbo, WA 98370

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NOTICE: You will be added to our mailing list for future announcements (average: 1-2x per week). You can also request an invite to our West Sound CoderDojo (minors and parents) or West Sound Techies/Kitsap Code Club (adults only) groups on Facebook. Both are secret and requires administrator approval. West Sound Technology Association and Kitsap Women in Tech pages on Facebok are public and you can like or follow at any time. Our website is another place to get info and updates.

Logistics - WWU Center at Olympic College, Poulsbo: There will be security on site. Do not wander the campus or building.

No drop ins. Please let family and friends know they must register even if they are only coming for a short time. This is important for liability and security reasons.

Top bullet points about Coder Dojo

  1. Bring a laptop. You can bring a tablet but some content will not run on them. We only have two loaners, so please don't just show up without letting us know you need one.
  2. West Sound CoderDojo suggested Ages: 7 – 18. Skill Levels: All. If a child is younger and interested, please register and bring them!
  3. Minors (students) MUST must be registered with a Parent/Guardian (or Volunteering Parent). NO EXCEPTIONS.
  4. Parent/Guardian must remain throughout the class. It's a great opportunity to learn with and/or help your child.
  5. Kitsap Code Club, West Sound Techies, and Kitsap Women in Tech (KWIT) are adults without children only.
  6. If you need a loaner, please let us know ahead of time. We only have two (2) and they may already be spoken for.
  7. WSCD Students and Parents: Familiarize yourself with the Guiding Principles of CoderDojo. Kids will enjoy the experience if they (and parents) understand it's not a race or competition.
  8. Avoid last minute cancellations or no-shows. Common courtesy is appreciated.
  9. We are unable to cancel or update your registration. Eventbrite is a self-serve tool. To cancel your own registration, go to your ticket and "Manage Order". If you need to add, remove, or change something - you may need to cancel and start over. We cannot take registration information via email.
  10. Have fun, and Be Cool!!!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS WEST SOUND CODERDOJO (WSCD)?

CoderDojo.com is an international coding club initiative where kids ages 7-18 can learn the skills to make computer games and other programs. But it is also an open source, FREE, and inclusive learning environment where kids learn code, leadership, peer collaboration, computational thinking, and so much more. Parents join in the self-paced, interactive, and problem-solving fun! West Sound CoderDojo is a Licensed Regional Group (LRG) with CoderDojo HQ, with a mission to help other Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, and Olympic Peninsula communities start their own dojos.

Kitsap Code Club, West Sound Techies, and Kitsap Women in Tech (KWIT) are adults-only meetups that code alongside us at WSCD.

WHAT KIND OF GAMES AND PROGRAMS CAN THEY LEARN TO MAKE?

Games for the web, games for PCs and Macs, games for XBox… Racing games, adventure games, puzzle games, guessing games… If your child has never never programmed before, they’re not going to make MarioKart or Angry Birds on their first time out, but if they keep coming to CoderDojo, we’ll help them get there.

And yes, if they are mature and focused enough to want to make the next Google, Amazon, or Facebook, we can help them learn to do that too.

If they are advanced beyond what's suggested in a coderdojo and open to the guiding principles of the CoderDojo movement (not waiting for a mentor to teach or give them a more advanced lesson, able to self-lead and explore projects on their own, willing to help less advanced kids or even lead a session as mentor), chances are they will enjoy the experience more than someone more concerned with how far ahead they are than other kids. Try to help your child understand the philosophy so their expectations are managed.

WHAT DOES THIS COST?

NOTHING! West Sound CoderDojo is a volunteer organization with limited resources, so if you see a problem you can solve, please volunteer to solve it.

IS THIS A CLASS?

Words like class and instructor don't really apply to the CoderDojo movement. This is mentor-facilitated learning. We provide tutorial suggestions for each level (beginnger, intermediate, advanced) but kids are free to work on whatever they want. Other kids help if a child gets stuck, or an adult mentor.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

Bring your age 7-18 child and a laptop running Windows, OSX (Mac), or Linux. You’ll need to stay for the whole CoderDojo (no drop-offs). Your laptop should be able to connect to WiFi and have a battery that will last for 2 hours, but we do have power strips provided by WWU/OC to connect to outlets. We only have two loaner laptops, so please don't just show up without letting us know you need one.

WHAT SOFTWARE DO I NEED?

If your child is brand new, they’ll just need a web browser and a text editor. Every operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux) comes with these installed. If your child will need additional software, our mentors can help you install it.

CAN MY CHILD BRING A FRIEND?

Of course! Register them with you as a Parent/Guardian and remember you have to remain on site.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?

Search your inbox for your ticket, then click My Tickets in the upper right hand corner and go from there. Cancellations via email don't reach us.

WHAT IF I DON'T CANCEL, DON'T SHOW UP, OR KEEP CANCELLING AT THE LAST MINUTE?

Your kid will miss a great opportunity. Consider that volunteers are giving of their time to bring your child an exciting and FREE resource.

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WWU Center at Olympic College, Poulsbo

1000 Olympic College Way NW

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Poulsbo, WA 98370

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