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CoderDojo

Falmouth Academy is excited to launch its second year of Cape Code CoderDojo on Saturday October 26 from 10 am to Noon at Falmouth Academy's Pappas Computer Lab located on the second floor.

CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer-led movement dedicated to organizing free coding clubs (Dojos) for young people ages 7 - 17. Participants work in small groups with area mentors to learn how to code, develop websites, apps, games and much more. Dojos are set up, run and led by volunteers. Dojos make learning to code a fun, sociable and awesome experience!

We will run two tracks, one for kids who never coded, Scratch, and one for those with a little more experience coding in Python. Both programming languages are free, platform agnostic and can be used through a web browser.

Cape Code is open to all area students. Registration for the October 26 event is now open. Future dojos will be held November 9th and 23rd, and December 14th. When registering please let us know if your child is new to coding and would like to start with Scratch or curious about learning to code with Python.

Questions?

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  • Who can attend Cape Code?

    Cape Code is a free event and open to all Cape Cod area kids on a first come first serve basis. When spots fill up, preference will be given to students who have not attended before.
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  • I have never tried programming before. Should I still register?

    Absolutely! Cape Code's main goal is to open the world of programming to children ages 7-17.  Everyone, young and old, can learn to code. If you are new to coding you might want to try Scratch, a color-coded graphical programming language developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at MIT.  Scratch is intuitive, simple to learn, and engaging. By dragging and combining coding blocks into the workspace you will be able to program race cars moving through a maze, launch rockets into space, and animate dancing letters on a stage. Scratch is also great for beginner readers.

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  • What if I know a little programming and want to learn more?

    Yes. Many of our mentors work in programming fields and are excited to help you write your first program.
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  • Do I need to bring my own computer?

    You are welcome to bring your own laptop to work on, but it is not required. Falmouth Academy has graciously offered its lab computers for the sessions.
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  • Can I save my work from week to week?

    We do not have a way to store your work in the computer lab, but you are welcome to bring in a USB flashdrive to save your program when you are done, or upload it to your own cloud account.
  • I have a Scratch online account. May I program in my online account at the Dojo?

    Coders,with their parent’s permission, may access their Scratch online accounts at the dojo.
  • If I am programming in Python can I still work online?

    Trinket  is an online platform for programming in Python. You must be at least 13 years old or have parent permission to create an account. Coders, with their parent's permission, may access and program in their accounts when at the dojo.
  • Do I need to stay with my child at the Dojo?

    Children under the age of 12 must have a parent stay at the school during the session. Parents are welcomed to enjoy our beautiful Buxton Library space or sit outside in Hutker Yard, weather permitting. Coffee and light refreshments will be available.
  • Do you need volunteers?

    Yes. We are looking for mentors to help grow Cape Code and bring coding to more Cape Cod area children. Please speak to one of the mentors at the session or email fadojo@falmouthacademy.org to find out more about mentoring.