The presentation page for the Minecon 2013 panel “Kids Learning Code” presented by one of our Fredx Dojo leaders continues to update with interesting information. Check it out at www.kidoyo.com/minecon2013.php
One of our Dojo leaders was featured on NPR while travelling between programs in Virginia and Long Island, NY.
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!
Fredx Coder Dojo invites you to register to attend our next event.
Register Here: https://fredxcoderdojo.eventbrite.com/
As always, its FREE!
Space is limited.
Registration Open: http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/80
We continue to seek mentor input to the design of our events. Contact us if you are interested in contributing your skills and knowledge.
Space is limited… register today!
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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:
2. Download FileZilla (https://filezilla-project.org/) (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) (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jre6downloads-1902815.html)
2. Follow these instructions for Java Development Kit (JDK), the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) called Eclipse, and a plugin called EGit: (http://www.fredxcoders.com/wiki/index.php?title=Setting_Up_Eclipse)
3. Follow these instructions to download Forge, a package that allows you to rebuild any and all parts of Minecraft as you wish: http://www.fredxcoders.com/wiki/index.php?title=Creating_a_New_Minecraft_Mod
Learning Game Making – Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
1. Download Scratch (http://scratch.mit.edu/scratch_1.4/)
2. Download GameMaker Studio (http://www.yoyogames.com/gamemaker/download)
1. Download BASIC-256 (http://sourceforge.net/projects/kidbasic/)
1. Download CmapTools (http://cmap.ihmc.us/download/)
(Optional) Learning 3D Printing – Introduction to CAD Design
1. 3D Tin (http://www.3dtin.com/) (In Browser)
3. TinkerCAD (https://tinkercad.com/)
4. Autodesk 123D (http://www.123dapp.com/)
5. Makerware beta (http://www.makerbot.com/makerware/)
6. Bonus: Lesson Plan – PrintCraft – 3D printing multi-player Minecraft server (http://curriculum.makerbot.com/daily_lessons/april/printcraft.html)
(Optional) Screen Recording Software
1. Cam Studio (http://camstudio.org/)
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 NoizIvy.org. 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.