Prior to the GOTO Chicago International Software Development Conference, there will be a set of coding workshops for kids aged 8-13 years old. These are afternoon workshops run by experienced trainers where kids get a chance to learn and play with software programming.
There are four full day workshops to choose from and the organizers will provide snacks and beverages for kids who attend. Each participant will need to choose one workshop to attend upon registration.
The workshops include:
HTML: Learn the basics of building websites with HTML: With kids growing up in a digital world, learning HTML is almost as important as learning a second language. In this course, kids will learn the fundamentals of HTML and CSS by creating their own basic personal Web site. Kids will learn how the basics of HTML element tags, and how to style elements on the page using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). By the time your kids are done, they will be able to upload their project and have a working personal Web page!
Alice with a cup of Java: Make your stories come to life while learning to program with Alice! In this class we'll explore Alice a 3-D animation program that allows students to create scenes with people, animals, vehicles, etc and bring them to life with drag and drop instructions. The course will start with creating a simple scene and getting our heroes or heroines to do some simple exercises. The exercises will cover basic movements using the drag and drop interface. Next we'll show that Alice isn't just about tea parties but she likes Java too! We'll cover how the drag and drop is converted into Java code using the Netbeans IDE with the Alice Plugin. Students will then continue to code their exercises by manipulating the Java code. Finally students will be encouraged to write a story to bring to life and demo for the class.
Minecraft Modding: Learn how to build new features the popular game Minecraft.
How to Protect Your Information (Intro to Encryption): Whether it is your teacher’s test questions or your parent’s credit card number, sensitive information must be protected. During this workshop, students will learn how information is protected online and create their own ways to protect information. We will work on puzzles, encryption and code breaking. Let’s see who can protect their information and who can crack the code!
All of these workshops require that children bring their own laptops and download the recommended software prior to the day of the event. You will receive information regarding any required downloads prior to the conference via email.
All participants will receive a free t-shirt for participation. Junior GOTO is brought to you by GOTO Chicago.