Creating the Next Generation of Web Developers

Local web developer, Dharma Kelleher will be teaching a series of courses designed for young adults and teens to learn the basics of web development. These courses will be held on 3 separate weeks during Gangplank Avondale’s After Hours. After Hours is open to the community. This is a great time to drop in and work on a side project or learn something new. As a collaborative workspace those in the space are encouraged to share ideas and work together toward solving problems. We hope to give students the basics they need to get started in web development and introduce them to the space. Students are encouraged to continue to join us for After Hours once the series is over.

 Creating the Next Generation of Web Developers

Gangplank Jr: Intro to HTML for ages 16-20

Learn to create a web page in HTML. This class is designed to help encourage the next generation of web developers. Intended for students ages 16- 20, but older students are welcome are as well. Students must provide their own computer.

When: February 7, 2013 6pm-8pm

Where: Gangplank Avondale

 Creating the Next Generation of Web Developers

Gangplank Jr: Intro to CSS for ages 16-20

Learn  how to add styling to an HTML web page with CSS. Students should have a basic understanding of HTML. This class is intended to for the next generation of  web developers. Designed for 16-20 year old students, but older students are welcome as well. Students must provide their own computer.

When: February 21, 2013 6pm-8pm

Where: Gangplank Avondale

 Creating the Next Generation of Web Developers

Gangplank Jr: Intro to Debugging Your Website for ages 16-20

Learn how to find and correct errors in your HTML and CSS code. Students should have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS. This class is intended for the next generation of web developers. It is designed for ages 16-20, but older students are welcome as well.

When: February 28, 2013 6pm-8pm

Where: Gangplank Avondale

Gangplank Junior is Launching in Avondale

 

You don’t have to be an adult to be a Gangplanker. Gangplank Junior exists to allow students to learn and explore with the freedom to fail. The program  includes activities for  preschool through 20 year olds. We take education back to its roots, encouraging real world, hands on learning with experienced professionals. Gangplank Jr encourages children to use their imaginations to problem solve, create solutions and implement them, without the pressure of performance.
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Parents- Gangplank Junior is a “stay and learn with your kids” event. Plan on being with us for the whole session.

Upcoming events:

Exploring Gravity with LEGO Cars

Cars are built and designed to serve the needs of our society, the move our world.  They might move people like busses, move our things like trucks, help firemen fight fires or help doctors save people. Some are designed to go fast, others drive far and some need to do a little of everything. In this exciting course, we’ll become car designers ourselves, building LEGO®   cars for weekly challenges and go head-to-head in competitive events. How many ways can you use LEGO® wheels and tires?  We’ll find out when we “Observe How We Move”. This free event is open to the community.This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades K-6.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

When: 1/26/13

Time: 12:30 – 2:30 pm

 

Build My City with LEGO

This class is for the super LEGO builder in your household.  This class is for children with previous experience with LEGO who want to learn how to use LEGO to make awesome buildings and structures like they see in the real world.  Children will be introduced to architectural design ideas and presented with challenges to mimic great architecture with LEGO.  They will be taught new ways to use the LEGO brick, and will be challenged to work in teams in many class projects. This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades K-6.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

Date: 1/26/13

Time: 3-5 pm

 

Building Robots with LEGO Part 1

The LEGO Mindstorms system gives children the tools and software to build, from scratch, their very own robots. Under the instruction of our trained instructors children will be introduced to problem solving with robots, including building and programming their own LEGO robots. This class will open your children’s eyes to the possibilities technology has to continue to improve our world, and they will be challenged to explore these possibilities as they are presented with team challenges to solve with robotics. This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades 3-8th.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

When: 2/2/13

Time: 11am – 1pm

 

Intro to Movie Making Part 1

Reel Stars: A film based class, for students age eight through thirteen, where students will learn basic film principals both behind and in-front of the camera. Students learn creativity, teamwork, communication and develop new critical ways of thinking. Students learn basic script writing, cinematography, acting and the art and history of story telling. This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades 3-8th.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

When: 2/2/13

Time: 2-4pm

 

Building Robots with LEGO Part 2

The LEGO Mindstorms system gives children the tools and software to build, from scratch, their very own robots. Under the instruction of our trained instructors children will be introduced to problem solving with robots, including building and programming their own LEGO robots. This is the second part of a 2 part series. This class will open your children’s eyes to the possibilities technology has to continue to improve our world, and they will be challenged to explore these possibilities as they are presented with team challenges to solve with robotics. This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades 3-8th.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

When: 2/16/13

Time: 11am – 1pm

 

Intro to Movie Making Part 2

Intro to Movie Making Part 2 is the second part of a two part series of videography classes for kids. This film based class is for students age eight through thirteen, where students will learn basic film principals both behind and in-front of the camera. Students learn creativity, teamwork, communication and develop new critical ways of thinking. Students learn basic script writing, cinematography, acting and the art and history of story telling. This free event is open to the community. Activities are appropriate for grades 3-8th.

Where: Gangplank Avondale

When: 2/16/13

Time: 2-4pm

Listen to a Folktale to Grow Your Business.

So in the midst of so much technology and business development comes a troupe of storytellers. Why storytelling when there is work to be done? Aren’t there other good things to do at a brown-bag besides telling stories?

Stories are catalysts to new understanding. I have been storytelling professionally since 1986. I’ve learned how even the simplest story can lead the listener to thinking differently or contemplating a bit more deeply about their own life and work. At other times, the story is just plain fun and simply meant to be enjoyed. You, as the listener, get to decide if you are listening for understanding or just to have fun.

Let’s take a look at a folktale. Here is a story that I told at the StoryRise brown-bag event in June. It’s short. Watch it before you read more of this article:

There are many ways to interpret that story. When I told it at this particular performance, I was thinking about what it means for the entrepreneur. I’ve created a few questions for that story to help you think about it in terms of your work as an entrepreneur or small-business developer:

1. Were you “asleep” before you started on the entrepreneurial road? It’s easy to just go through the motions at a job but not really accomplish anything. What were you doing before you started out on your own? Were you engaged with your work or just plodding through it?

2. The boy in the story lies down and finds that the ground is uncomfortable. What “uncomforts” forced you to move forward to your life as it is now? Why do you do what you do?

3. It was necessary for the boy to take action. He had to start digging up the ground to find the chest. He needed tools. What actions have you taken to move your work forward? Did you discover, find, borrow or create new tools in order to start “digging” into your business or creation? Do you have the right tools now?

4. Everywhere you look people are shouting about “starting your own business.” Maybe within your path is a “golden box” for you. However, the boy in the story can’t open it until he has dug deeper for the key. What is the “key” to your business? What or who is it that finally allowed you to unlock the box of treasures that is your work now? Are you still looking for the key?

5. The story does not end. It simply asks the listener to imagine the treasures inside the box. As you move through your life in your own business, what “treasures” are you finding in your work, your family, your understanding of the world and others? Is your box empty or full? Are you surprised by anything in the golden box?

Now that you have thought a bit more about the story, go back and watch it again. Let your subconscious work on understanding what the story says to you.

Just as with music or any art form, there are things going on below the surface of any tale. Next time you hear a story, think about this: what are the characters doing at any point? Those actions may be symbolic of what you need to do or stop doing. Objects (fields, tools, boxes, keys, locks) in a story may also be symbols intended to make you think, “Oh, I have something like that in my life.”

Don’t worry, you won’t have to work so hard every time you hear a story. Just as you have learned to listen to and appreciate music automatically, you’ll find that appreciating and understanding story will come as naturally.

Come to our next StoryRise at Gangplank or other location. Enjoy a story just for the fun of it and/or feel free to get all introspective.

More information about StoryRise is at StoryRise.

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Sean Buvala, storyteller, is a coach for public-speaking and presenting skills and a mentor at Gangplank Avondale. You can learn more about him at seantells.com.

My Week at GPAvondale

 My Week at GPAvondaleGuest post by Katie Hurst, Gangplank HQ Operations Director

I feel in love with Gangplank Avondale when I first saw the building. Hidden spaces under the stairs, a real bank vault…what’s not to love? The possibilities for creating a fun, open work environment were endless.

But it wasn’t until I returned nearly five months after the opening that I saw those opportunities being realized.

Last week, I decided to tag along with Gangplank Chandler Anchor Customer Systems, Inc., as they visited our west-side cousins for a few days. So we trekked our stuff (and some new IKEA desks!) the 42 miles from Downtown Chandler and set-up shop on the bottom floor of GPA. The drive isn’t that bad when you’ve got a driving buddy, by the way (Thanks Ed & Tim!).

There were so many things that blew me away about the West Valley. To begin, let’s talk about the food. You wouldn’t know it from the highway, but Avondale is home to a ton of great local restaurants, tucked away in the corners of strip malls. We enjoyed bento boxes at Goodyear’s Tomo Japanese Cuisine & Sushi and chicken shawarma at the Pita Kitchen. photo 12 300x224 My Week at GPAvondaleOn Friday, the brownbag speaker was from local hot spot Caballero Grill and graciously provided amazing pork sandwiches for attendees. Of course, no trip to Gangplank Avondale would complete without a happy hour run to the Sonic next door for half priced slushies (Cherry Limeade ftw).

Even better than the food variety is the diverse array of projects happening in the West Valley. On Thursday night, GPAvondale hosted its first ‘After Hours’ event, inviting the community to hang out and work from 6:00-10:00pm. Around 25 people showed up to share what they were working on and collaborate. One group included Eric Torres and his game, Iconica: The World of Rynaga. From their website – “Set in the fictional World of Rynaga, Iconica blends turn-based strategy with a twist of chance for a unique card game experience that’s easy to learn, but a challenge to master.” The group hopes to meet monthly at GPAvondale to play Iconica and other RPGs, as well as work out any kinks. Other projects included an traffic stoplight Arduino project, a web series discussion and building a display case for a local invention.

photo 11 e1345509021258 150x150 My Week at GPAvondaleThe best part about GPAvondale? The people. Gangplank locations attract good people who want to engage with their local community and each other. I had a lot of fun (and laughs) talking with people about their projects, what ideas they have for Gangplank and things they’d like to learn more about. Of course, any group of folks that can put up with my constant running around and random dancing must be a pretty accepting bunch =)

Check out their next brownbag this Friday, ‘Storyrise: Stories of the Journey‘ at noon.

 

 

 

Gangplank Avondale Feature in Arizona Health and Living Magazine

Things continue to keep buzzing at Gangplank!  We have recently had the privilege to be featured in the June issue of Arizona Health and Living magazine.  Michelle Talsma Everson spent some time with Co-Director Cody Landefeld and C0-Founder Derek Neighbors to discuss the vision for Gangplank Avondale along with some commentary from City of Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers.

Click here to check out the magazine online (contains flash embed)

Thanks again to Arizona Health and Living for their support and interest in our community!

-codyL

Event: June 15 Brown Bag – "Will Your Business Idea Be Profitable?"

spreadsheet Event: June 15 Brown Bag   "Will Your Business Idea Be Profitable?"Building a profitable business requires the ability to tract important financial performance information. At the Brown Bag presentation at noon on Friday, June 15, John Bradley, Ph.D., demonstrates how to use a “Proforma Financial Spreadsheet.”

John says, “Most people start a business to make money.” In his brown bag presentation, John will show how to use this spreadsheet tool to calculate startup costs, price points, sales goals, cash-flow and income statements.”

Bio: John Bradley joined Estrella Mountain Community College in 1992. While he gets paid to teach business and management, making dreams come true is what he does best.

He says that EMCC’s flexible Organizational Management Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree program is his best tool for business growth. John has a PhD in Education, an MS in Technical & Industrial Education, and a BS in Agricultural Industries. You can find more about him at johnlbradley.com.

John suggests that you bring your laptop, to get the most out of the presentation.

Here are the details:

When:
Friday, June 15, 2012
Noon – 1:00pm

Where:
Gangplank Avondale
525 N. Central Avenue
Avondale, AZ 85323

Cost: FREE

Event: May 18 Brownbag – "From Idea To Invention"

iStock 000006501684Small 300x221 Event: May 18 Brownbag   "From Idea To Invention"Every product you use, every service you employ started with an idea. The iPad. The fuel injector in your car. Even that ridiculous helmet that your Uncle Louie wears to the Arizona Cardinals games –the one with the two beer holders and the straw. All started with an idea. And now someone is making money on those ideas.

And we know you get those little nudges. Those sparks of innovation that hit while you’re working out or about to fall asleep. Wouldn’t you like to be making money on that idea?

On May 18, inventor Elia Martinez will be presenting her free seminar “From Idea to Invention”, helping you to navigate the often confusing process of turning ideas into salable products and services.

So if you’ve ever come up with an idea for something but weren’t sure how to take it further, grab your lunch and join us for the discussion.

Here are the specs:

When:
Friday, May 18, 2012
12:00 noon – 1:00pm

Where:
Gangplank Avondale
525 N. Central Avenue
Avondale, AZ 85323

Cost: FREE

 

Event: May 11 Brownbag – "Anatomy of a WordPress Theme"

wordpresstip Event: May 11 Brownbag   "Anatomy of a WordPress Theme"Ever wanted to change something in a WordPress theme but weren’t sure where to go to make the change? Fear not!

On May 11 at noon, Dharma Kelleher of Kelleher Web Design will be examining the various parts of the typical WordPress theme, explaining what they do and how they interact with the other parts. And all with her brand of outrageous humor.

People of all skill levels are welcome. So if you use WordPress for your blog or website, or have been considering it, grab your lunch and join us for the FREE seminar!

Questions answered. Reality questioned! Lunch eaten.

The Deets:

Friday, May, 11, 2012
12:00 noon – 1:00pm

Gangplank Avondale
525 N. Central Avenue
Avondale, AZ 85323

Gangplank Avondale Opens!

On Monday, March 5th, 2012 Gangplank Avondale opened it’s doors to innovators, techs, creatives, entrepreneurs, and the general public. The space is typically open from around 8:30am to 5:30pm. Gangplank Avondale provides an infrastructure (that is both social and physical) for creative collaboration, disruption, and the building of vibrant businesses, communities, and economies.

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The space is now open for drop-in collaborative working, although March 20th from 4pm- 8pm will mark the Grand Opening event with remarks from the Mayor of Avondale, a founder of Gangplank, and the Gangplank Avondale Directors of Operations. Catering will be provided by West Valley restaurant, Caballero Grill. Take a tour of the space and get to know what Gangplank Avondale is all about!

Our model is based on human-powered collaborative working and the trading of social capital. We work in an open space that has very few physical barriers so that we can easily communicate, share, converse, and spread our thoughts and ideas with one another.

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Join us on Fridays at noon for our brownbag presentations to hear leaders from the community fill us in on changes in their industry, best practices, new business models, changing laws, and insights into the successes and challenges of their careers. Open your mind and your mouth and let’s get conversations started!

Follow us on Twitter @gpavondale or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GangplankAvondale.