CoderDojo

coderdojologoCastlemakers is proud to host Putnam County’s first and only CoderDojo since 2016, “a worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people.” Meetings are 1-4 pm the first Saturday of every month.

castlemakersdojoNext Club Meetings are Saturday September 1rst and October 6th  from 1-4 pm at the Castlemakers Makerspace, 19 E. Franklin Street. Drop in anytime during that period.

Learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal environment. No experience is necessary, just bring an idea or we can give you some. We’ll have a laptops & Chromebooks, or bring your own!

Our current group project?  PuttCode, where you can build and program a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot to drop a golf ball in a mini-golf hole. Also coming up is the Indiana CoderDojo Hackathon on Saturday July 28th!

Robot February meeting, Scratch like programming language.
Robot wandering around Castlemakers that kids programmed with a Scratch like programming language.

What else happens at a CoderDojo meeting? What the kids are interested in! Create an app or game, building a website, coding or we have lessons and projects to work on.

For example Evie, who’s in 4th grade, built a text adventure game that you can play online. Michael, who is a little older, is working on his 3D game world using Blender & the Unity game engine.  There’s even been a Castlemakers CodorDojo team that won the Team Excellence trophy at  Indiana’s first CoderDojo Hackathon July 22, 2017 in Indianapolis!

You can read more about the CoderDojo by reading this blog post and the main CoderDojo website. You can also contact us CoderDojo@castlemakers.org .