October 10, 2015

Welcome to CoderDojoKC! Let’s get you started! If you haven’t when you arrived, please fill out our demographics survey!

Step One: Wifi

1. Open up your internet connection and connect to “Fiber Public WiFi

2. Can’t connect? Raise your hand and a mentor will get you a hotspot to connect to.

3. We recommend using the Google Chrome browser.

Step Two: Typing Practice!

You warm up to play sports, right? We’re going to do the same thing to warm up to code!

1) Go to https://typing.io & sign in with your gmail address. Don’t have one? Ask your parent or a mentor for help!

2) Choose one of the programming languages. Don’t know which to start with? Try Javascript jQuery, LESS Bootstrap or Python Mercurial.

Step Three: Learn to Code

1. Are you brand new to coding? Start with Codecademy (recommended for 13 years & up) or Scratch (recommended for 12 years & under).  Want to try building your own phone application? Check out App Inventor! Be sure to create an account and write down your username and password so you won’t forget!

2. Do you have a little coding under your belt? Are you ready to learn more? Check out these fun games:

3. Were you working on a project from our last session? Feel free to continue on that, and ask mentors if you need any help!

4. Get started on the new project. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Step Four: Check Out the Projects

Mastery – Feeling masterful? Check out the requirements for our mastery badges. You can earn cool pins!

Build a Clock
In early September of 2015, Ahmed Mohammed, a 14 year-old student in a Dallas, TX suburb, took apart a digital clock and rebuilt it in a pencil case. He showed it to his teachers and was arrested because someone suspected it was a bomb. Had he done this at a CoderDojo or in any other environment of engineers and makers, he would have been praised for following his curiosity in a safe manner.

At the CoderDojo, we encourage you to explore your curiosity! Now is your turn to build a clock using hardware or your programming skills.

Some ideas:

  • Digital clock
  • Analog clock (hands for hours, minutes, & seconds)
  • Countdown timer until your birthday

We have software and hardware examples.



  • Arduino: see mentor Jacob


Step Five: Show Off!

Did you create something awesome based off of one of these projects? Come present it on stage! Presentations will start at 11:15am. Let a mentor know you want to show off your work. Scratch projects that will be presented will be added the CoderDojoKC Studio by Mentor Eric.

**Presentations may not contain any violence, gore, or bad words. (And we’re counting “sucks” as a bad word!)