Author Archives: Devon

About Devon

Entrepreneurial Ed-Tech Instigator

Featured on NPR

One of our Dojo leaders was featured on NPR while travelling between programs in Virginia and Long Island, NY.

Have a listen here

Topic of program was the increasing exposure of kids to screens (computers), and there was a negative slant to the conversation, then Melora phoned in… 🙂

Way to go Melora… nicely done on the spot!

Setup – Get Your Machine Code-Ready

We have refactored our instructions and have produced a much simpler way for obtaining all the software. Just download the appropriate .zip file for your computer: Windows or Mac.

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In advance of showing up for our next Coder Dojo event on Saturday June 1st (or any future event), the following is a list of tools that you will need on your laptop to be ready to code when you arrive. Complete these steps ahead of time, as Internet access is not guaranteed on site. The following are $FREE$/open source tools:

Learning HTML/CSS/Javascript – Introduction to Web Coding

1. Download Notepad++ for PC (, or TextEdit for Mac (

2. Download FileZilla ( (All Platforms)

Learning Java – Introduction to Minecraft Mod-making

First, identify whether you are running a 32 bit (x86) or 64 bit (x64) operating system on your machine. To figure this out, click the windows button on your task bar or keyboard, right-click on ‘computer’ and choose ‘properties’ and the information will be displayed. Then download the correct files below for your os:

1. Download Java Runtime Environment (JRE) (

2. Follow these instructions for Java Development Kit (JDK), the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) called Eclipse, and a plugin called EGit:  (

3. Follow these instructions to download Forge, a package that allows you to rebuild any and all parts of Minecraft as you wish:

Learning Game Making – Introduction to Object Oriented Programming

1. Download Scratch (

2. Download GameMaker Studio (


1. Download BASIC-256 (

Content Mapping

1. Download CmapTools (

(Optional) Learning 3D Printing – Introduction to CAD Design

1. 3D Tin ( (In Browser)

2. Sketchup ( + Bonus Tutorial (

3. TinkerCAD (

4. Autodesk 123D (

5. Makerware beta (

6. Bonus: Lesson Plan – PrintCraft – 3D printing multi-player Minecraft server (

(Optional) Screen Recording Software

1. Cam Studio (


Who am I?

Devon, a maker of things, teacher of students, leader of self.

I am a father to an 8 year old member of this dojo. We started this dojo effort to try and find other people that share common interests in making things, coding, Minecraft (probably should be listed 1st), etc..

Professionally, I am an entrepreneur. Along with my wife Melora, we have been doing educational toy development for the past 8 years, marketing and selling through specialty and mass-market retail partners globally. Additionally, we run a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that develops both entrepreneurial and ed-tech (STEAM) learning opportunities, products, and services called This organization is sponsoring this dojo, and helping to secure resources and relationships to get it growing.

My goal here is simple; I want to find students and parents that are motivated to learn about coding and making things driven by their own interests, and I want to find mentors and teachers that would benefit from the opportunity to practice delivering advanced instruction in a cutting-edge way.

We are all about failure in this dojo; we want to fail fast, fail often, and most importantly, fail forward.