Upcoming events

    • 10/22/2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • FFA Enrichment Center, Des Moines Area Community College, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy Ankeny IA

    Come visit the YouthCode booth at this year's DMACC Ankeny STEM Festival. 

    "STEM is about learning, investigation and career readiness, but it’s also about having FUN! The South Central Regional Hub partners with local community leaders and educators to host annual Family STEM Festivals. Exhibitors from throughout Iowa spark student and parent interest with hands-on learning ranging from driving robots and trying virtual welding to testing chemical reactions and building structures. Each festival is quickly becoming a community-wide, must attend event!"

    Registration is FREE and walk-ins are welcome. However, pre-registering scores you a participant tote bag.


    • 10/22/2018
    • 12/10/2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Altoona Public Library, 700 8th Street SW, Altoona IA
    • 15

    Music & sound iconIn this beginner Scratch class, students learn basic computer science principles and coding skills while programming computers with Google CS First and Scratch. Each eight-week class consists of weekly 60 minute sessions where students are presented computer science principles and create eight different music & sound-themed projects: 

    1. Introduction & Discovery
    2. Dance Party
    3. Musical Art
    4. Talent Show
    5. DJ Mixer
    6. Music Video
    7. Movie Sound Effects
    8. Thank You/Greeting Card

    Prerequisites

    • Youth ages 9 to 12
    • Experience with keyboard and mouse
    • Completed online registration form through Altoona Public Library
    Please review our list of frequently asked questions for more information about Scratch classes.

    CS First is a program of Google and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
    Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab and is available for free at scratch.mit.edu


    • 10/23/2018
    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
    • Johnston Public Library, 6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston Iowa

    Inventing with Makey Makey

    Once per month, volunteers from YouthCode help students explore a different tech-related topic and project. By connecting everyday objects to computer programs, Makey Makey electronic boards enable anyone to become an inventor. This month students will collaborate in teams to make some fun, interactive projects.

    Requirements

    • Student 6th grade and up
    • Registration through the Johnston Public Library 

    • 11/10/2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Eastview Community Center, 4101 East 42 Street, Des Moines Iowa
    • 15
    Register

    Pen drawing iconIn this advanced Scratch coding day camp, students ten or above extend their knowledge and skills of coding with the block-based visual programming language, Scratch. Campers will broaden their understanding of conditionals, loops and variables by learning about Scratch’s virtual pen and reusing code through procedures. As a result, students will create at least three fun, creative and engaging projects: Bouncing Lines, Doodle Pad and Polygon Playpen.

    At the end of camp students will have received over five hours of instruction on computer science vocabulary and principles as well as hands-on projects. As an unplugged activity, students will learn to use protractors and apply simple math to draw polygons.

    Your $45 registration includes all instruction, use of computers and accessories, materials, snacks and camp souvenirs. Lunch is NOT provided so please plan accordingly by sending a sack lunch with your camper. The Eastview Community Center has a refrigerator for keeping food and drinks cold.

    Prerequisites

    Scratch logo
    • Youth ages 10 and above
    • Experience with keyboard and mouse
    • Introduction to Scratch class/camp or equivalent Scratch experience
    • An active Scratch username and password
    • Completed online registration with $45 fee

    Policies

    • Entire registration fee refunded if cancelled 7 days before camp
    • Camp will be cancelled if less than six students are registered
    • Program Policy and Release including discipline policy

    Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab and is available for free at scratch.mit.edu.
    Makeblock is a trademark of Shenzhen Makerworks Co., Ltd. and covers robots and structural parts for personal, educational and hobby use.

    • 11/20/2018
    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
    • Johnston Public Library, 6700 Merle Hay Road, Johnston Iowa

    Finch Robots

    Each month, staff from YouthCode will help students explore a different tech-related project. This month we meet Finch! Designed at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the Finch is a robot that inspires and delights students learning computer science by providing a physical application for code created in Scratch. In this session, students will take Finch for a test drive while creating projects such as traffic light, dance party or Finch pong.

    Requirements

    • Student 6th grade and up
    • Registration through the Johnston Public Library 

    • 12/04/2018
    • 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
    • West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines IA
    • 15

    Computers are everywhere, changing every industry on the planet. But fewer than half of all schools today teach computer science. To help address this, the Hour of Code™ was started as a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

    To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, the West Des Moines Public Library and YouthCode will be hosting a Hour of Code workshop. Individuals age 6 to 14 are welcome to come and receive an introductory experience with coding and computer science in a safe, supportive environment.

    Students choose themes of Minecraft, Moana or Star Wars for their hands-on coding project. No prior experience needed but familiarity with a computer keyboard and mouse is helpful. Parents, we encourage you to enjoy this learning experience with younger students.

    Register online via the West Des Moines Public Library's event system.

    • 01/23/2019
    • 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
    • West Des Moines Public Library, 4000 Mills Civic Pkwy, West Des Moines IA
    • 30

    While many of us cringe at the thought of self-driving cars, the reality of robots is upon us. From applications in agriculture and manufacturing to health care, military and public safety, robots are used in many industries and the applications aren’t slowing down. There is no question the next generation will be a big part of the ongoing growth of robotics!

    Ready Set Robot is an enrichment experience for youth age seven and up to freely explore and learn about robotics. At this fun, hands-on workshop, students receive a brief overview of robotics and then spend time working in small groups to program age-appropriate robots in a safe and supportive environment. 

    No prior experience is needed but familiarity with a computer keyboard and mouse is helpful for programming most of the robots. Parents, we encourage you to enjoy this learning experience with younger students. Registration required.

    Register online via the West Des Moines Public Library's event system.

Past events

10/20/2018 Introduction to Robotics Camp: Makeblock mBot
10/06/2018 Coding Kingdom
09/29/2018 Advanced Scratch Coding Camp: User Interaction
09/26/2018 Hour of Code
09/18/2018 Teen Tech Club
09/10/2018 Coding Kingdom
08/20/2018 Coding Kingdom
08/08/2018 Hour of Code
08/07/2018 Introduction to Web Technology
07/30/2018 Advanced Scratch Coding Camp
07/30/2018 Robotics Camp: Makeblock mBot
07/23/2018 Introduction to Python Coding Camp
07/16/2018 Advanced Scratch Coding Camp
06/25/2018 Robotics Camp: LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3
06/25/2018 Introduction to Scratch Coding Camp: Music & Sound
06/18/2018 Robotics Camp: Makeblock mBot
06/16/2018 Coding Kingdom
06/11/2018 Introduction to Scratch Coding Camp: Sports
05/12/2018 Scratch Day
04/30/2018 Hour of Code
04/03/2018 Scratch Coding Class: Game Design
03/26/2018 Hour of Code
01/27/2018 Central Con
01/22/2018 Teen Scratch Coding Class: Game Design
01/16/2018 Scratch Coding Class: Music & Sound
01/11/2018 Coding Crew Homeschool Club
12/05/2017 Computer Science Education Week: Hour of Code
12/05/2017 Computer Science Education Week: Hour of Code
12/04/2017 Computer Science Education Week: Hour of Code
11/18/2017 FIRST® LEGO® League Teams Regional Tournament
11/12/2017 FIRST® LEGO® League Teams "Dress Rehearsal"
10/23/2017 DMACC Ankeny STEM Festival
09/28/2017 Scratch Coding Class: Art
09/25/2017 Hour of Code
09/25/2017 Scratch Coding Class: Game Design
09/24/2017 Johnston Maker Day
09/15/2017 Scratch Coding Class: Music & Sound
09/12/2017 Homeschool Hour of Code
08/28/2017 Hour of Code
08/26/2017 Kid Coding (Unplugged)
07/31/2017 Computer Science Coding Camp: Python
07/31/2017 Computer Science Coding Camp: Python
07/27/2017 Maker Meetup: Strawkets
07/24/2017 Computer Science Robotics Camp
07/17/2017 Maker Monday: Kaleidoscopes
07/17/2017 Computer Science Coding Camp: Scratch Music & Sound
07/11/2017 Hour of Code
07/10/2017 Computer Science Coding Camp: Scratch Sports
06/26/2017 Hour of Code
06/19/2017 Maker Monday: Strawkets
05/15/2017 Maker Monday: Strawkets
05/08/2017 Hour of Code
04/10/2017 Hour of Code
04/07/2017 Beginner Scratch Class: Art
04/07/2017 Intermediate Scratch Class: Sports
04/04/2017 Metro-Area STEM Fest
04/04/2017 Intermediate Scratch Class: Game Design
03/13/2017 Hour of Code
03/07/2017 Hour of Code
01/31/2017 Robotics with Finch Class
01/20/2017 Beginner Scratch Class: Music & Sound
01/20/2017 Beginner Scratch Class: Art
01/17/2017 Intermediate Scratch Class: Game Design
01/17/2017 Beginner Scratch Class: Storytelling
01/10/2017 Hour of Code
12/07/2016 Hour of Code
12/05/2016 Hour of Code
10/17/2016 Beginner Scratch Class: Music & Sound
10/17/2016 Beginner Scratch Class: Art
10/13/2016 Pilot Scratch Robotics Class
07/19/2016 Intermediate Scratch Class: Game Design
07/19/2016 Beginner Scratch Class: Storytelling
07/18/2016 Beginner Scratch Class: Storytelling
07/18/2016 Beginner Scratch Class: Music & Sound
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