KIDS: This is a free place where you can learn how to code. Code is used to build all sorts of things including games, music videos, school projects, and more! The most exciting part is that you can learn to build your own creations all from "scratch" and share them with your friends! Click "Raise Your Hand" to get started. PARENTS & EDUCATORS: "Scratch" is a fun and easy way to learn computer programming. Developed by MIT, and used from Elementary School all the way through the first 3 weeks of Harvard's legendary CS50 course, Scratch is the basis of CodeReno.org programming contest. This site will connect you to other programming languages too.
Let Us Know You Plan To Participate
We want to know you are learning code in Reno. Add your email and we will keep you informed of news, opportunities to meet at a school and share your creation with other kids, and the date of the big contest.
To participate, kids need access to a web-browser and an email account. Kids' work is saved online, and can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection and web browser. Whether you choose to compete, or just want to try coding, click "Raise Your Hand" so we can celebrate how many people in are getting involved.
What will your children be doing this summer? Washoe County School District Community Education offers enrichment camps and classes for children. For a complete list the summer schedule is attached as a PDF. To register or for more information, go to http://truckee.augusoft.net, click on Courses, then Camps for Kids or call their office at 829-9010.
Here are a few highlights:
SCRATCH - Computer Programming - Ages 7-11 This design-based programming language called Scratch was developed by the MIT Media Lab. It makes it easy to learn essential programming skills while creating interactive stories, animations, games, music and art. As students create and share their projects on the Scratch website, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively.
NINJA - Computer Programming - Ages 11-14 Earn your black belt in computer programming in this self-paced visual course.Students acquire logic and computational thinking while designing elegant algorithms and writing efficient computer code. It has four sections where students earn white, yellow, purple and black belts. Projects slowly increase complexity to ensure an exciting and fullfilling learning experience for all students.
Video Games I: Learning and Design - Ages 8-11 Using Gamestar Mechanic, a video game design platform developed by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, students will learn the principles of game design while building their own game. Through the game design process, students cultivate skills involving systems-based thinking, creative problem-solving, arts and aesthetics, writing and storytelling, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics).
Video Games 2: Learning and Design - Ages 11-15 Using the premium version of Gamestar Mechanic, a video game design platform developed by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, students entering grades 6 - 9 will learn the principles of game design while building their own game. Through the game design process, students cultivate skills involving systems-based thinking, creative problem-solving, arts and aesthetics, writing and storytelling, and STEM.
Educational Minecraft® for Kids, Ages 8-14 Treat your kids to a Minecraft camp during summer vacation. Minecraft is a video game in which players create and break apart blocks in 3-dimensional worlds. It’s an exercise in building, exploration, creativity and collaboration, and it’s a fun way for kids to learn digital skills they’ll need when they get older. Minecraft is used in classrooms around the world to educate children in subjects ranging from science and history to city planning and speaking a new language. Your child will thank you for the experience.
To get more information about coding opportunities for kids:
Click "Raise Your Hand" to be added to the eMail list.
2014 Contest Winners
Congratulations to 2014 CodeReno.org Winners.
Over 150 students participated in an Hour of Code programs. A big thanks to UNR, The ACM club at UNR, The Discovery Museum, and all the parents and kids that raised their hands to participate.
9th Grader Caleb Crow won the $1000 prize. Several other cash prizes were awarded to excellent entries.
We were thrilled with the diversity of participants, and the diversity of their imaginations.
Chris Bosh of Miami Heat, will.i.am, Mark Zukerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Santiago a 14 year old programming prodigy talk about the power of programming.
Top Prize $1,000 in cash!
Lots of additional prizes at $100, $50, $20 levels.
Certificates of participation.
High School students should create a simulation of a real-world phenomenon, where different values can be entered and it leads to different outcomes in the simulation. For example, a simulation of an earthquake might show the different effects of a 2.0 Richter Scale vs moving a slider to show the impact of an 8.0 Richter scale.
Middle School and Elementry School students can create a simulation, video game, music video, story book.
Next Contest: Spring 2015.
Plenty of time to learn to code.
Please note: If you come up with something marketable, it is YOURS. Anything you create, you own. To learn more about why Marketing Evolution is donating the prize money and supporting CodeReno, read the story here.
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