Code Clubs

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Code Clubs are places for youth in grades 4 to 12 to learn to code in a free, fun, open-ended environment, out of school. Mentors recruited and trained by Code Savvy will guide groups of kids through a progressive series of projects and challenges.

Code Club sessions start out using Scratch, a fun and powerful programming language for beginners. We've enhanced these to include more open-ended challenges, and to explore circuits, electronics and robots too. The sessions also use web languages (HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript) and Python. We also use AppInventor to enable young people to create mobile apps.

Young coders in a Minnesota Code Club will choose projects including:

As they build cool things, these young people learn important concepts in math and computer science, including loops, variables, event handling, angles, decimals, coordinate systems and more. They also learn the important life skills of persistence, resilience, communication, collaboration and creative problem solving. Most importantly, they enjoy becoming creators -- not just users -- of modern technology.

Code Savvy is partnering with community organizations to create Code Clubs in North Minneapolis, and to reach lower-income communities in South Minneapolis, Richfield, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center and St. Paul. Schools or community organizations provide a meeting space, a consistent group of 4th to 12th graders and one or more staff members. Ideally, they have good wifi and computers available. Code Savvy provides trained mentors and a series of programming lessons and challenges.

Please contact us at kidscode@codesavvy.org if you are a interested in starting a Code Club at your school, library or community site. We are very interested in talking to you. We are seeking additional funds for the Code Clubs and welcome any donations and leads.