Tech2Learn: Bringing Technology Home

tech to learn iconAccess to hardware and internet are some of the more basic building blocks to developing CS skills. With these tools in hand, students can connect to experts and limitless resources. Many homes in our communities however, still do not have access to a computer or internet. Zero Day Camp is hoping to help close this gap with its newly founded Tech2Learn program.

Through the T2L program, we collect, refurbish, and provide hardware to our partner schools, who in turn provide the hardware to students, for home use. We also help connect students and families to available resources to free and low cost internet as well as other local resources for learning.

Zero Day Camp relies on donations from families, businesses, and other institutions in our community to make this work. To donate, please fill out the form available at this link.

It’s a Mad Lib Kind of Day

madlib iconThis week we worked with strings to create Thanksgiving Mad Libs. The starter project asks for a part of speech which is saved as a variable. Coders insert the variables into join strings blocks (aka concatenation). Check out the starter project here. You can also download the direction card here.

Fall 2016: Sessions 3 & 4

lamb drawingSession 3

This week, coders worked on creating music using Scratch beats and instruments. Three tasks were introduced and rotated:

  1. Recording sound and using pre-existing sounds
  2. Rhythm & beats
  3. Creating a song (Mary had a Little Lamb) with notes and using custom blocks for each measure. You can find a piano note/ number template at this link and the musical notes at this link.

Session 4

In week 4 we started working on new animations incorporating sound, movement, and costume changes. Story elements were discussed such as setting, characters, and story arc. Check out some of the shared projects at the Fall 2016 Studio.

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

drawing of Ada Lovelace October 11th is Ada Lovelace Day so let’s celebrate! Ada is known by some to be the first computer programmer, born in 1815.  She was an avid mathematician and theorized about computer programs that could be used for purposes beyond mathematics. Her “computer programs” came decades before the  first computer known as the “Analytical Engine” which Ada had a hand in developing along with Charles Babbage. To find out more about this special lady, check out this video.

Fall 2016: Session 1

cartesian plane chartWelcome back returning coders and greetings to our newest members! This week we set out to get to know each other and set some large goals for the fall session. We hope to dive deeper and build more complex programs while learning and applying the fundamentals of computer science. Whole class instruction focused on basic sprite navigation using the cartesian plane and rotation angles as they apply to the sprites in their programs. We also looked more closely at creating custom blocks (functions) to generate more elegant code while drawing using the pen tool in Scratch (a nod to Seymour Papert and Logo the Turtle).  You can find the instructions we worked off of today by following this link and the Scratch starter project here.

Code Club Summer 2016

This summer Code Club will launch an exciting program filled with fun computing and building projects for girls and boys. Our week long camp will challenge your children with a series of hands-on, collaborative activities. Our projects include writing computer code, building with electronics and robotics, and solving problems with design thinking.
Quick Overview

  • 4th through 6th graders (based on grade in Fall 2016)
  • Location is 639 Classon Ave @ Dean Street in Crown Heights
  • $500 per week
  • Class is 9am-3pm Monday- Friday
  • Sibling rate and after care available
  • Dates: August 22-26
  • space is limited—only ten seats available
scratch program what you will learn at code club

ruby the robot

Maker Studio Details, August 22-26

Animatronics is the name of the game in the maker studio. Working with embedded computers, campers will design and build their own robotic stuffed animals, toys, cars, and other inventions. They will learn the programming skills to read sensors and control motors, while also working to sew and craft their own whimsical, unique designs.
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How old does my child need to be?
Code campers must be entering 4th, 5th, or 6th grade in Fall 2016.
How much does it cost?
Camp costs $500/week (first child).
Siblings cost $250.
Payment is due at the time of registration.
There is no day-rate, or pro-rating if you must miss some days.
Extended day is available for an additional fee.
My child doesn’t know how to build robots/write code/sew/solder/weld. Is that OK?
First, there won’t be any welding going on…
Second, no, there’s no prior experience needed.
My child is already an awesome hacker, is this too basic for her?
Our team projects are designed with a low floor and high ceiling.
Our small camp size ensures there will be plenty of opportunities to work 1:1 with our expert staff.
Who are the counselors/instructors?
The camp directors design and run all the session together.
Loreto Dumitrescu is a NYC DOE occupational therapist and assistive tech expert who’s been building cool tech for her students to use for years.
David Frackman is an inventor, roboticist, and expert programmer who coaches the Flying Bison FLL Robotics Team and also teaches computer science as an adjunct faculty member at Adelphi University.
Matt Curinga is associate professor of educational technology at Adelphi University where he teaches multimedia design, computer science, and learning theory. He studies how kids and adults best learn computer science.
What is the child to teacher ratio?
The ratio is about 5 children to one adult staff member.
When is drop-off?
Doors open at 8:45am. Camp start at 9:00am.
When is pick-up?
Normal camp ends at 3pm.
Extended day ends at 6pm.
When should I sign up for extended day?
If you pay for a full week of extended day during registration, the cost is $30/day.
Emergency extended day (notify us at or before drop-off) will be available for $40/day.
What will the kids do during extended day?
Extended day will be relaxed. Kids may read (from our library or books they bring), play one of our board/card games, or work on their programming or robotics projects. If the weather’s nice, we may take them outside.
What should my child bring each day?
A packed lunch (no nuts or peanuts)
A snack (and extra snack for extended day)
A water bottle
Hat, rain jacket, & sunscreen if needed (we will go outside every day)
(optional) A book for extended day
Where is Code Camp?
The address is 639 Classon Ave between Dean and Pacific
We have our own floor in the Electropositive Coworking Space
There’s easy public transit access from the Franklin Ave C and Shuttle, 2/3 at Eastern Parkway, the B65 bus, and Nostrand Ave LIRR
Will they get to go outside?
Yes, every day will include at least 2 outdoor breaks. For some days we will be spending even more time outside.
Where do you go outside?
We will walk to Prospect Park and other area parks and playgrounds
What is your cancellation policy?
There are no refunds once camp registration is complete.