Summer Teen Hackathon July 18

Join us Saturday 7/18 5:00pm – 900pm!

Come teen coders come all! Even if you have never written computer code before, join us for a fun hackathon and learn to create programs. Snacks and food will be served. Advanced Projects will be available for those with prior programming experience. Bring your laptop for coding in a web browser.

The hackathon is for teens in grades 6-12.

Register here!

Facilitators: Jon Saints (Software Developer at Digital Globe) and Anna Fowles-Winkler (Software Developer at Oracle)

Summer 2015 Hackerspace

The Hackerspace meets Mondays 4-6pm at the Lafayette Public Library main meeting room. To register & get more info: http://www.meetup.com/Lafayette-CO-Tech/

Summer Schedule

June 1 – DreamQuest Games Unity 3D Demo with Christopher Williamson

June 8 – Lulzbot 3-D printer demo with Alejandro from Aleph Objects

June 15 – Sphero Open Play with Anna Fowles-Winkler. Join us for Sphero robot fun! Obstacle courses, bowling, and races. Bring an iOS or Android device, or use one of the library’s.

June 22 – Stop Action Movies with Henry Huang. Using iPads, create a movie using stop motion techniques to animate objects.

June 29 – Intro to Moss with Henry Huang. Learn how to easily create a robot using the Moss kit from Modular Robotics.

July 6 – Basic Web Design with HTML/CSS with Yeida Chang. Learn about the basic tools for making static web pages including basic HTML elements, how to structure your content, and basic CSS styling. Bring your own laptop.

July 13 – Advanced Moss with Henry Huang.

July 20 – FPGA’s and Verilog with Dale S.

July 27 – Lantern Walk – Giant Puppets with Paula.

Aug 3  – Advanced Web Design with Javascript with Yeida Chang. Intro to Javascript and how to make interactive web pages. We’ll learn about manipulating the DOM and handling events. Assumes basic knowledge of HTML/CSS. Bring a laptop!

Aug 10 – Sphero Open Play with Anna Fowles-Winkler. Join us for Sphero robot fun! Obstacle courses, bowling, and races. Bring an iOS or Android device, or use one of the library’s.

Aug 17 – Lantern Walk – Big Lanterns with Paula.

Aug 24 – Bitsbox (tentative)

Aug 31 – Data Science Intro with Bryan Loughry.

What’s a Hackerspace?

A place to get help with your coding challenges and maybe help others with theirs.

  • Hackerspace is an informal, mentored tech drop in for folks of all ages who want to develop their programming skills, not a place to play games and/or surf the Internet!
  • Hackerspace is time to code and develop programs and programming skills with others who are passionate about programming.
  • Hackerspace provides mentor programmers to help with your questions. Limited laptops will be available on a first come, first served basis, for those who don’t have one.
  • Hackerspace will introduce you to new programming challenges, languages, and techniques.

Teen Tech Week Mar 8-14

We’re excited to announce the workshops and hackathon for Teen Tech Week at the Lafayette Public Library!

Here is the schedule:

Hackerspace Special

Monday 3/9 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Register here! (drop-ins are ok!)
Facilitators: Bryan Loughry and Anna Fowles-Winkler

Bryan will be teaching Python and Turtle Graphics. Anna will be hosting an install-fest for those who wish install Ruby and/or Python on their laptops.

The hackerspace is for all ages.

Tiny Arduino Light Sculptures

Tuesday 3/10 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Register here!
Instructor: Brian Huang from Sparkfun Electronics

Learn to build, program, and make light sculptures using LEDs and the “tiny” ATTiny85 Arduino. We’ll cover the basics of wiring, circuits, and programming. Learn to integrate arts and crafts into electronics.

This workshop is for teens in grades 6-12.

Ruby Programming for Girls

Wednesday 3/11 4:30pm – 6:00pm – Register here!
Instructor: Anna Fowles-Winkler (Software Developer at Oracle)

Ruby is a programming language created over 20 years ago with the goal of “making programmers happy.” Solve problems, and along the way learn the basics. Resources for continued learning will be provided. Work either in a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer) or come to the install-fest at the Hackerspace Monday, March 9 and install Ruby on your laptop.

No experience necessary. This workshop is for teen girls in grades 6-12.

Games Hackathon

Saturday 3/14 6:00pm – 10:00pm – Register here!
Facilitator: Jon Saints (Software Developer at Digital Globe)

Come teen coders come all! Even if you have never written computer code before, Join us for a fun hackathon and learn to create programs.  We will build games with JavaScript and have fun with a scavenger hunt around the library. Snacks and food will be served. Advanced Projects will be available for those with prior programming experience. Bring your laptop for coding in a web browser.
The hackathon is for teens in grades 6-12.

Hour of Code Week Workshops

We’re excited to be planning workshops for kids and adults for the Hour of Code Week in December. All workshops will be at the Lafayette Public Library.

Here is our schedule:

  • Monday, Dec 8 4:30pm-6pm: Bryan Loughry is teaching Intro to Python Programming (register here)
  • Wednesday, Dec 10 4:30pm-6pm: Anna Fowles-Winkler is teaching Sphero Programming (register here)
  • Friday, Dec 12 4:30-6:30pm: Ed Goyette is teaching Holiday LED Lights with Arduino (register here)
  • Saturday, Dec 13 10:30am-12:00pm: Eliana Colunga is teaching Scratch programming (register here)
  • Saturday, Dec 13 1:00pm-2:00pm: Stacey Forsyth is facilitating a playtime with new robots Dash & Dot! (register here)

Thank you to all our volunteers from the Lafayette Tech meetup, the Lafayette Public Library, and CU Science Discovery for making this week amazing!

Hack4theArts Lafayette: A Civic Coding Event

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Hack4theArts Lafayette is September 20, 2014 at The Post Brewing Company in Lafayette, CO. This is a day-long event where community volunteers will create new and fun web or mobile applications to build awareness and engagement with Lafayette’s public art. Join other civic-minded geeks for a day of coding, food, prizes, and more!

At the event, participants will work individually or in small teams, developing solutions to a Challenge posed by the organizers. Leveraging freely-available content and data, participants will collaborate in groups to create dynamic solutions.

Each solution will be evaluated by a panel of judges at the end of the day and awards given in several categories. One of the winning solutions will be completed during subsequent coding sessions, and made freely available to the broader community.

Prizes will be awarded to participants throughout the day through random drawings and fun games. Prizes will be funded through business sponsorships and by grant funding already secured from the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission.

Event Schedule

8:00 – 9:00  Check-in & breakfast
9:00 – 9:30  Welcome, opening remarks, challenge & rules
9:30 – 10:30  Solution brainstorming, pitching, & team formation
10:30 – 12:30  Morning hack session
12:30 – 1:30  Lunch
1:30 – 4:30  Afternoon hack session
4:30 – 5:30  Break (appetizers & beverages)
5:30 – 6:30  Prepare demos
6:30 – 7:30  Demo solutions for judging
7:30 – 8:00  Dinner, judging, & prizes

Click here to register!

Summer Workshops

We have a great lineup of workshops this summer at the Lafayette Public Library as part of their summer reading STEM program!

Here is the schedule:

June
4 – Intro to Python (Instructor: Bryan Loughry) – Register here
11 – Hands-On Circuits (Instructor: Theresa Stets) – Register here
18 – Advanced Python (Instructor: Bryan Loughry) – Register here
25 – Intro to Ruby (Instructor: Mark Morris) – Register here
27 – Teen hackathon! (Jon Saints) – Register here

July
2 – Hands-On Circuits (Instructor: Theresa Stets) – Register here (tickets available June 16)
9 – Scratch Programming
16 – Sphero Programming (Instructor: Anna Fowles-Winkler)
23 – Arduino for Everyone (Instructor: Ed Goyette)

Teen Tech Week Mar 9-14

We’re excited to announce the workshops and hackathon for Teen Tech Week at the Lafayette Public Library!

Here is the schedule:

Git: Social Networking for Your Code

Monday 3/10 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Register Here!
Instructor: Nathan Witmer (Software Developer at Github)

Git is one of the need-to-know tools for software developers today! Learn the basics of version control and collaboration. Create an online portfolio to get noticed by potential future employers. For those who are curious, the first chapter of http://git-scm.com/book as well as http://try.github.io/ are a good place to get started. Students can follow along if they have a GitHub account of their own, and download the Mac or Windows client.

Intro to Python

Wednesday 3/12 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Register Here!
Instructor: Bryan Loughry (Data Scientist at Northfield Trading LP)

Python is a popular scripting language used for data analysis, web development, and research. Learn the basics in this class as you choose from one of three fun projects: program a chatbot that talks about movies, determine the cause of a disease outbreak in cats, or create a simple game. All work will be done in a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer).

Intro to Ruby

Thursday 3/13 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Register Here!
Instructors: Mark Morris (Software Developer at Coroutine) & Sara Snyder (Freelance Developer)

Ruby is a programming language created over 20 years ago with the goal of “making programmers happy.” You’ll learn the basic building blocks in Ruby to be on your way in no time to write your own programs! Resources for continued learning will be provided. All work will be done in a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer).

Cipher Scavenger Hunt Hackathon

Friday 3/14 5:00pm – 10:00pm – Register Here!
Facilitators: Anna Fowles-Winkler (Software Developer at Oracle) & Jon Saints (Software Developer at Digital Globe)

48 teen coders will converge at the library for this special event! Teams of 3 will be formed that evening. Each team will work on a programming task (to be divulged that evening). Prizes will be awarded! Glory will be won! Plus, we’ll have pizza, soda, and snacks.

Bring your laptop, if you have one. Be ready to code in Python, Ruby, or the language of your choice. We will have laptops for teams to borrow, too.

Saturday, January 4, 2014: Scratch and Sphero Workshops!

After our amazing workshop kickoff Saturday, December 14, 2013, we’re gearing up for the next round Saturday, January 4, 2014 at the Lafayette Public Library. These workshops are for kids in grades 3-12 who have no prior programming experience.

Here is the schedule:

10:30am – 12:30pm: Scratch Programming (register here)

1:30pm – 3:00pm: Sphero Programming with Macrolab (register here)