One of the highlights of PyCon 2013 was the amazing Young Coder tutorial. This amazing session helped dozens of kids get introduced to Python on their very own new Raspberry Pis! Read more about it here. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event!
... no, wait, it wasn't. Because Katie Cunningham, one of the Young Coders instructors, is bringing it to PyOhio!
Young people ages 12-17 are invited to come and learn to program in Python at PyOhio on Saturday, July 27. You'll get an idea of how programming works on your own Raspberry Pi - a small computer you get to keep!
Why learn programming?
You don't necessarily have to become a professional programmer. Quite the contrary, programming is rewarding as a hobby or as a profession. Learning how to program also explores how computers work. Python is a very powerful language: it is used for writing computer programs, making websites & games, scientific & mathematic computing, among other things. Many companies use and develop with Python: Google, NASA, the CIA, Spotify, Youtube, Reddit, Pinterest, DropBox, and many others.
What will you learn?
This free tutorial will explore how to program using Python by making games. We will start with learning Python's simple data types, including numbers, letters and strings, and lists. We will also explore comparisons, if-statements, and loops. Finally, we will combined our new knowledge by creating our own game using the PyGame library.
What do you need to attend this tutorial?
Nothing. Yup. Okay well, you'll need smile on your face. We will provide monitors, keyboards, and Raspberry Pis with Python + PyGame on it. After the conference, you get to keep the keyboards and the Raspberry Pi. You don't get to take the monitors home, but the Raspberry Pis can be plugged into a TV if you don't have a monitor at home.
We don't provide lunch. Students can bring lunch, or there is food available for purchase at the Ohio Union, or at many locations near OSU on High Street. We are not chaperoning students for lunch, although you are welcome to join them or pick them up and take them out.
Students under the age of 16 will only be released for lunch, or at the end of the day, to their parent or guardian unless the parent signs a release form when checking the student in.
About the instructor:
Katie Cunningham is a Python developer at Cox Media Group and a DC native. She’s a fervent advocate for Python, Open Source Software, and teaching more people how to program. She also helps organize PyLadies in the DC area, a program designed to increase diversity in the Python community. She has taught classes for the organization, bringing novices from installation to writing their first app in 48 hours.
Katie is an active blogger at her website, covering issues such as Python, accessibility, and the trials and tribulations of working from home.
Registration opens on July 8th at 7:00 AM.
To register, click here: Register for PyOhio Young Coders
Class space is limited, so please do not register unless you are planning to attend.
IF A STUDENT IS NOT CHECKED IN 30 MINUTES BEFORE CLASS STARTS, WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO GIVE THE SPOT TO SOMEONE ELSE.
Call for volunteers!
Want to help this amazing event happen? Great! Please contact the PyOhio Organizers mailing list.