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.

Programming, Circuitry, Arduino, Robotics and Bakugan

What a crazy mix!  We recently put on a Desert Code Camp Jr event as part of Gangplank Jr.  The morning started off by letting kids create their own programs using the Scratch programming environment from MIT.  Then we had a multi-bracket Bakugan tournament with some seriously cool Bakugan prizes for the top three ranked players.  During the tournament kids and adults snarfed on Pizza and got a mental break.

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After lunch the kids got to make pipe cleaner bugs.  Then the group (over 30 kids) split into two groups.  One group went to a lecture by @DocProfSky, one of their peers, who taught them about Arduino and basic electronic principles.  The other group split off to program Lego NXT Mindstorm robots.  After an hour the groups switched places.  The event ended up being better than expected and we look forward to more in the near future.

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