Workshops & Meetups

YouthCode provides computer science and related STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) learning and enrichment activities to inspire youth and help them better navigate the digital world they are inhabiting. One way we do this is through various 60 to 90 minute activities that we call workshops or meetups.


Our workshops inspire students through the introduction of coding or robotics. At these events, students receive an introductory experience with coding and computer science in a safe, supportive environment. Workshops are usually free and family-friendly, with individuals age 6 and above welcome. (Parents should plan to stay with students age 9 or below.) 

The Hour of Code is one of our most popular workshops. This global movement introduces youth to computer science and coding through short, video-based tutorials. Initiated by Computer Science Education Week and, Hour of Code has reached millions of students by making computer programming accessible. Watch this video to learn more about the Hour of Code.


A meetup is simply an informal meeting or gathering of people, typically with a similar interest such as coding. YouthCode embraces meetups by hosting or facilitating gatherings where students and families can come together to create in a fun, safe, and enabling environment. Participants collaborate, explore and learn together as they make fun and entertaining projects. 

YouthCode.gurus also participate in many local events, fairs, expositions and demonstrations to advocate and promote coding. Impacting The Next Generation Project was recognized as a 2016 Certified Code Iowa Partner by the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council.

Upcoming Activities

  • 02/16/2019 10:00 AM DMACC Urban Campus, 1100 7th Street, Des Moines IA
  • 04/24/2019 4:00 PM Altoona Public Library, 700 8th St SW, Altoona Iowa Modules


Use basic coding commands to help Moana and Maui sail through unknown territory.


Use blocks of code to take Alex or Steve on an adventure through a special world.


Learn to program droids and create your own Star Wars game in a galaxy far, far, away.

YouthCode is a program of Impacting The Next Generation Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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