Castlemakers hosts 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.

Special note: the 3rd Annual CoderDojo Indiana Hackathon is on July 20th at DeveloperTown in Indianapolis. You can read our previous blog post on it or go to the Techpoint Foundation for Youth website for more information.  Stop by a meeting or send us an email for more information.

castlemakersdojoNext Club Meetings are Saturday July 6th and August 3rd 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. With our Raspberry Pi’s, micro:bit’s, and other components you can even learn about coding hardware. No experience is necessary, just bring an idea or we can give you some. We’ll have laptops & Chromebooks, or bring your own!

CoderDojo mini-golf hole with launch pad.
CoderDojo mini-golf hole with launch pad.

Some examples of projects? PuttCode, where youth built and programmed a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot to drop a golf ball in a mini-golf hole was on display at the September Greencastle Farmer’s Market. We’ve had teams that have won trophy’s both years at the Indiana CoderDojo Hackathon in Indianapolis!

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

But you don’t have to be experienced to attend. We’ll help you learn coding and the emphasis is upon what the kids are interested in! Create an app or game, building a website, coding or we even 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 older, is working on his 3D game world using Blender & the Unity game engine. He’s also wants to teach other kids how to use Unity to create games!

You can read more about the CoderDojo by reading this blog post and the main CoderDojo website. You can also contact us or sign up for our monthly events email.