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 November 3rd and December 1rst 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!

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 a little older, is working on his 3D game world using Blender & the Unity game engine.

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 .