Tuesday, December 29, 2015

***********************   FREE Coding Classes   ***********************

Can't get enough of coding?  Didn't get into the club this time and are looking for stuff to do on your own?

Check out Tech Talent South.  They offer a free 5 week course four times a year at their Raleigh location. The next class starts January 26th. 

The course is for students ages 8 to 12 and covers the basics of HTML, CSS, and the programming language Ruby. Classes are usually Mondays or Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:30 and don't cost a thing!  

I am trying to get them to push their start time back to give us enough time to get there. Contact Jackie Johnson at jackie@techtalentsouth.com for more information and be sure to let her know you would appreciate a later start time. 

The last time I checked, their WEBSITE was not updated with the January registration, so be sure to check frequently or contact Jackie directly.  

I will keep looking for more free classes, stay tuned! 


Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kids, looking for something fun and exciting to do over Winter Break?  

Parents, tired of spending money this time of year?  

I have just the thing...design and program your own computer game with Kodu!

Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and Xbox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills. Kodu for the PC is available to download for FREE. Kodu for the Xbox is also available in the USA on the Xbox Marketplace, in the Indie Games channel for about $5.  

Click HERE to find out more! 

Have you tried it?  Share a comment and let us know what you did! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The force is with him....how about you???

Check out Brassfield's own Loukas programming with code.org's Star Wars game at the Apple Store's Hour of Code Workshop today!  You too can use the force, just click HERE.

Friday, December 4, 2015

All acceptance emails have been sent.  

There was a huge amount of interest in our first Coding Club, over 80 families applied.  If you have not received an invitation by now, you were not admitted this session.  But don't despair, if all goes well we will be back for the 2016-2017 school year.  In the meantime, check out our More Games page and try some coding on your own!  Keep following our Blog for updates, activities, and events.   

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Computer Science Education Week is December 7-13.

Brassfield is celebrating by offering an Hour of Code lesson in your classroom. Check with your teacher to see if your class is signed up.  If not, you can still join the tens of millions of students in 180+ countries by going to the Apple store at Crabtree Valley Mall.  They are hosting a free event on December 10th, click HERE to visit their website, select the Hour of Code Youth Workshop, and scroll to December 10th to see available times!  

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Registration is closed.

Thank you to those who submitted applications.  It is great to see such an enthusiastic interest in coding at Brassfield! If you are accepted you will receive and email by December 18th.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Registration Instructions
Beginning 7am December 1st use the Registration Form on the right.

Complete all required fields:
  • Parent Name
  • Email
  • Student's Full Name
  • Track 
  • Grade
  • A brief description of your student's coding experience including programs used (ex. Scratch) and/or languages known.  No experience is necessary.
If you have more than one child applying, please use one email and include information on all students.  Please remember to verify your student(s) will be able to attend all meetings, see the Club Information or Calendar tabs for dates.  If your student is accepted you will receive an email no later than December 1st.  

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Concern Over the Registration Process

We have heard a number of you are interested in joining our first Coding Club, that is fantastic!!! There has been some concern over spots filling quickly and how we will handle registration time stamps should that occur.

The Blogger clock on the right of the screen shows the official blog time. Time stamps will be assigned at the moment you press "send".

To be fair to all who apply, applications received before 7:00 am EST will not be accepted if we reach our max of 25 students. If we do not reach our limit, this will not be an issue

If you still have questions, contact us via the Contact Form on the right.  Thank you for your interest in encouraging STEM learning in your children! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

So, what's a coding club?!?

Anybody Can Learn
(the following is from code.org)

Students will use:

Code.org Code Studio is a fun, creative platform for learning basic coding and computer science! Using a blended learning model, your children are learning with a mix of online activities (on the computer) and “unplugged” classroom activities that use no computer at all.
This format helps nurture creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and logic through interactive, self-paced tutorials, featuring short video lectures and game-like puzzles.
Students will study topics such as:
·   How the Internet works
·   Basic computer programming
·   Logic, problem solving and creativity
·   Creating simple apps, animations, and “code art” 

Want to see what we are all about with a Frozen or Star Wars game?  Go to code.org and try it out!

Join us, registration opens December 1st!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Welcome parents and students!

We are starting our first coding club here at Brassfield!  Take a look around our blog to see what we are all about.  You will find useful information on this page as well as the tabs above.  Take a closer look at the club information tab above for specific dates and other important information.  If you have additional questions please use the contact form on the right.

We look forward to you joining us for this exciting learning adventure!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Coming January 2016, Brassfield Elementary Coding Club...follow us for details!