Family & I Code Together

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Lotus STEMM’s main agenda is to empower women and girls and enable their financial independence.

By introducing coding skills to children and their families, we intend to challenge them to learn skills that would polish their minds and have a new expertise (or revive old ones).

This program is also meant for elderlies who would want to spend their time more productively but exploring a new skill and creating something for their own pleasure.

 

Join us for 1.5 hours twice a week and learn coding in a fun hands-on workshop. Details on dates and times are provided below.

Program Details

Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/) is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT media lab, provided free of charge. It is designed for easy and fun programming of interactive stories, games and animations in a wide variety of settings. Scratch excels in story bookmarking with easy costume & backdrops switching. Staging a story will help us understand event timing in scratch.

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1. Web browser, with reasonable internet connection.

2. Find a downloadable version of Scratch to edit projects offline.

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Participants will learn about basic programming concepts including decision-making, conditional operators, and loops. Participants will also learn how to make computer objects communicate and cooperate with each other. Simple multimedia content will also be covered.

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With the Family & I Code Together program, families can set aside dedicated bonding time while learning a new skill in a fun format! Read more about what you will learn.

What You Will Learn

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Animate Your Name

Animate the letters of your name, initials, or favorite word.

2

Imagine the World

Imagine a world where anything is possible!

3

Make Music

Animate different musical instruments and play with different sounds and musical patterns

4

Story Time

Choose characters, add conversation, and bring your story to life.

Why Should You Attend?

At first, coding may look like a language from another planet. All the different symbols and terms, and different programming languages may look scary.

But do not worry! To overcome this fear we invite you to join a special program called Family & I Code where we pair parents, older siblings or grandparents with the kids (grades 1 to 5) for an hour and a half workshops twice a week.

It’s a fun workshop where the parents and kids together will work on small guided activities by our professional teachers and create a final project at the end of the program. No prior experience is required, all you need is to attend with a positive attitude and creative mind!

Workshop Schedule

Nov. 8th

5:30 - 7:00 pm EST

Introduction to Scratch

Nov. 10th

5:30 - 7:00 pm EST

Animate objects

Nov.15th

5:30 - 7:00 pm EST

Controls

Nov. 17th

5:30 - 7:00 pm EST

Operators & Variables

Nov. 22nd

5:30 - 7:00 pm EST

Storytelling & Final Project

Nov. 24th

5:30 - 7:00 pm EST

Final Project Presentations

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can join Family & I Code?

Kids from grades 1 to 5 can be paired with their parents, grandparents or older siblings as the Family and I Code workshop is a new program in which we will give an introduction to Computer coding to all members of a family. The main focus of this program is to help bring children and their families together to get educated in basic market skills. By introducing coding skills to children and their families, we intend to challenge children to learn skills that would polish their minds and families to have a new expertise with which they can reclaim their roles at work. This workshop is not limited to children and parents; it is also meant for elderlies who would like to spend more time not only being productively but exploring a new skill and creating something for their own pleasure with family . 

4. What will I gain from this course?

You will learn about basic programming concepts including decision-making, conditional operations, and loops. You will also learn how to make computer objects communicate and cooperate with each other. Simple multimedia content will also be covered.

5. What do I need?

(i)    Web browser, with reasonable Internet connection,
(ii)    It is also possible to get a downloadable version to create and view projects offline.

2. Nobody in my family has coded before. Do we need experience?

No prior experience is required! This is a fun beginner-friendly program for those who want to overcome the fear of coding and have fun with their kids.

6. Are we learning any programming language?

Yes, we are introducing SCRATCH programming language. Scratch (https://scratch.mit.edu/) is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, provided free of charge. It is designed for easy and fun programming of your own interactive stories, games, and animations in a wide variety of settings. 

3. How many computers are needed?

It’s totally up to participants, they can pair up with their parents, grandparents or older siblings using any device (laptop, desktop, iPad) or they can use separate device for each participate. A minimum of one device (laptop, desktop, iPad) is required for the family!

7. What is the location of the workshop?

The entire workshop will be held online in a zoom meeting!

8. How can you sign up?

It's easy, just fill out this google form and you're ready to go!