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.
Since our April meeting, we’ve suspended the meetups due to Covid-19. We’ve discussed doing virtual online meetings – if you’re interested please send a note to email@example.com. We’ll also update this webpage and add the information to our makerspace newsletter.
What happens at a CoderDojo?? 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!
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 kids that have won trophy’s all three years at the Indiana CoderDojo Hackathon in Indianapolis!
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!