HTML Sessions October 2013

Hi Everyone,

I have uploaded the bulk of the course materials we have used so far to the following location – http://tinyurl.com/qhxg3eo, you should also be using the following site – http://www.w3schools.com/ as an invaluable source of information on HTML and CSS.

In preparation for our final session on Saturday 19th can I ask that everyone downloads the file WelcomeCSS1.html from this location to the CoderDojo folder on the child’s laptop. This will be the starting point for the next session. Please note that the time for this Saturday’s session is the same as previous weeks – 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

In the folder you will also find Competition.png, which is a picture of the webpage for the final session competition. We will be giving a prize for the entrant who comes closest to this page. I will post one possible solution for this next week. For anyone who is going to give it a go… Good Luck!

A quick rundown of the other files in our web folder:

Week 1 Files: HelloWorld.html, Comments_and_Headings.html, U2_Headings_Only.html and U2_Website.html.

Week 2 Files: Welcome.html, sports.html.

Week 3 Files: WelcomeCSS1.html, WelcomeCSS_banner.html.

There are also various images used by these files here. I will upload the completed files for the Week 4 session next week.

See you Saturday!

 

Coderdojo Greystones is back starting 27th September 2014

Everyone at CoderDojo Greystones hopes you had a great summer break and we are looking forward to getting the ball rolling again in late September to continue the success of recent years.

We are working through the plans for this year’s sessions at the moment. Some of those being discussed include:

  • Building Websites and Building Games (HTML and Beginner’s Scratch)
  • Advanced Scratch
  • Python
  • Beginners and Advanced 3D Modelling

There are also some other exciting new ideas being developed so watch this space! We would also welcome suggestions for other topics of interest.

In terms of timing it is likely that sessions would begin on Saturday September 27th (yes, only 2 weeks time!)

If you are interested in signing up your children then just fill in the Signup form here. We will mail this list shortly once we have enough Volunteers .. which reminds me …

Volunteers Required

Everything we do depends on the effort of volunteers like you! In order to run a broad range of offerings we need volunteer Technical Mentors. In many cases it doesn’t matter if you have prior knowledge of the topic/technology – we can provide training. Much of what is needed from mentors is to support and coach the children during a session and the session sizes are constrained by the number of mentors available.

If you have not got a technical bone in your body there are lots of other ways of getting involved. We need people to check people in on arrival, find new venues, arrange ticketing etc. Even having a backup for one of the people who normally volunteer in case of unavailability is a big help. We also borrow equipment such as overhead projectors for each of our classes so if you can offer us a loan for one or more Saturday session(s) that will make a difference. Finally we are not adverse to donations towards equipment (such as our own projectors!) or other expenses that will make our offering even better.

It is also worth remembering that mentors / volunteers will get first preference on tickets for their own children.

If you have been sitting on the fence for a while and think “now is the time to volunteer” please signup here. It won’t happen without you!

Teenage Mentors

For those of you with older children (15+) who could potentially help out as Technical Mentors – especially with the younger groups we’d be delighted to hear from you. It would be a good addition to a CV and perfect material for those working towards a Gaisce Award or a future in the IT industry.

Attend the Web Summit

The Dublin Web Summit are inviting children involved in CoderDojo clubs to take part in the Summit November 4th – 6th. Only 1000 kids from CoderDojo in the UK & Ireland will be accepted. We have applied for a place for CoderDojo Greystones and will let you know how we get on, and if successful how many kids will be allowed attend. If your child has a cool project to talk about let us know!

Coderdojo Greystones

Mentors: Getting Ready for Scratch

If you are unfamiliar with Scratch we recommend a browse over the Scratch homepage (http://scratch.mit.edu/) to see what it is all about. The programming concept will be new to many if not all the participants even after their HTML module.

In our Scratch Introduction module, we will build a simple game over the two weeks, scripting for the second hour of each lesson to try and explain some of the concepts. The game will explain the connection between the individual sprites (characters & objects) and their scripts and some basic programming techniques such as use of loops, variables, animation etc.

Here is the link to the slides for Week 1 of the Scratch introduction:
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_kdefRTu5ZXeFJRSG8yX0h0Qmc/edit?usp=sharing

Here is a link to the “cheat sheet” detailing the scripts for the game project:
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_kdefRTu5ZXRkNHeldaazJJOG8/edit?usp=sharing

These have some animation (in Power Point) and use the “Scratch” true type font so formatting may not be so clear.

Session 2 Mar 2nd – April 27th

We will be repeating our course for another 70 children beginning March 2nd with a break for Easter. The dates of this course are:

March 2nd, 9th, April 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

As before the classes will take place in Greystones Tennis Club, from 2 – 4 pm. Each child must have their own laptop and any child aged 12 and under must have a parent/guardian present for the duration of the class.

As a reminder the curriculum is as follows:

Week 1-2 HTML

Week 3-4 CSS

Week 5-6 Introduction to Scratch

Tickets for this course will be available on February 16th. We will send another email closer to the date with the times that tickets will be made available on Eventbrite.

HOWEVER, in order to run this course we need a new team of mentors. If you are a parent with a technical background and can commit to the 6 dates above please contact us on coderdojogreystones@gmail.com. We need 12 mentors for this course to proceed so please let us know by February 9th.

REMEMBER: As an incentive, we run an Early Access program for mentors. Their children get access to the course tickets ahead of the general release.

Coderdojo Greystones

Session 1 Jan 12th – Feb 23rd

 This session is completely full!

We have had a great response to our first session and unfortunately there are no more places available.
  • Week 1 & 2: HTML
  • Week 3 & 4: CSS
  • Week 5 & 6: Coding with Scratch

Don’t forget to complete your assignments for next week