Gangplank Jr Invades Desert Code Camp 2011.1 (Mindstorms, Scratch, Small Basic, Kodu & Electronics)

On April 2nd from 8am – 5pm at Chandler/Gilbert Community College will be Desert Code Camp 2011.1.  This is the third Desert Code Camp that Gangplank Jr will have a track.  In fact, this time there will be 2 Gangplank Jr tracks.  That’s right with the help of Lynn Langit, Roy Van De Water, Michael Christenson II, and Adam Mokan we will have our biggest showing yet.

There are 3 sessions for Lego Mindstorms, 2 Scratch sessions, an electronics session and several SmallBasic and Kodu Workshops.  With this many options any technical minded child should be able to find something to peak their interest.  Check out the track details on the Desert Code Camp Site.

Looking forward to seeing you all there for a great day of programming, bot building and collaboration.

Gangplank Jr Nascar Auction

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Have we got a deal for you.  The Subway Fresh Fit 500 is Sunday and we have 2 great tickets up for auction.  Nascar is always a great time and these tickets are located right in the turn.  Don’t miss the roar of the motors and the rush of cars exchanging paint at over 100 mph.  All of the proceeds go to fund the Gangplank Jr Initiative.

Don’t want to miss the auction or lose to the highest bidder?  You can Buy It Now for $500.

We would like to thank Jeff Weninger for the ticket donation and being a continuing supporter of Gangplank Jr.

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Legos + Computers = Robots

With a great First Lego League season behind us, it is time again to shake off the dust, replace the batteries and start creating amazing Lego Robots.  That’s right, Gangplank Jr’s Lego Program is starting back up.

If you are can operate a computer, snap Legos together and like to have fun, come out for our Introduction to Mindstorms event on March 6th from 1:00-3:00pm at Gangplank.  We will be covering everything from the the physical sensors to the system used to program the robots.  In Gangplank Jr fashion this is a hands on event, meaning you will have built a working robot by the end of the day.

Look forward to seeing all of you, veterans and new comers alike.

Living Billboard

At our last Gangplank meeting we discussed fund raising options for the Gangplank Jr 2011 Events.  One of the suggestions was for me to auction off a tattoo.  Seemed like a great idea to me, so last night I went and had a billboard outlined on my forearm and today am opening the auction.  The rules are simple.  Highest bidder gets to choose whatever they want to fill the billboard.

All of the money is going to Gangplank Jr to support our events through the year.  It is a great cause and I urge each and everyone of you to place a bid.

Mike

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