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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). Request an invite to our West Sound CoderDojo (minors and parents) or West Sound Techies (adults only) groups on Facebook. Both are secret and require administrator approval. West Sound CoderDojo 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.

Top bullet points about West Sound CoderDojo - PLEASE REVIEW

  1. Bring a laptop. You can bring a tablet but some content will not run on them. We only have three donated loaners and they are not always functional, so please don't just show up without letting us know you need one.

  2. All ages and skill levels welcome.

  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. Everyone must register even if they are only coming for a short time. This is important for liability and security reasons.

  6. There will be security on site. Do not wander the campus or building.

  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. We use registration numbers to decide whether or not to proceed with a session and ask mentors to give of their time. Common courtesy is appreciated.

  9. Eventbrite is a self-serve tool. Keep track of your registration, order confirmation, and any updates or cancellations needed.

  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. It is open source, FREE, and an 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 also encourage and faciliate other Kitsap, Mason, Pierce, and Olympic Peninsula communities which want to start their own dojos.

West Sound Techies and Kitsap Women in Tech (KWIT) are adults-only Meetups groups where members sign up to code at WSCD sessions.

WHAT KIND OF GAMES AND PROGRAMS CAN WE 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 initiative and we have very limited resources, so if you see a problem you can solve or something you can offer, please volunteer.

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 can help them problem-solve.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?

Bring 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 some power strips provided by WWU/OC to connect to outlets. We only have three loaner laptops and they're not always functioning, 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 talk to you about how you can 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?

Eventbrite is a self-serve tool. 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?

Volunteers are giving of their time to bring this community an exciting and FREE resource. They will keep showing up if you respect their donation.

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WWU Center at Olympic College, Poulsbo

1000 Olympic College Way NW

Room 119

Poulsbo, WA 98370

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