Hamilton Code Clubs

#HamOnt Tech Volunteer Opportunities

The IEC of Hamilton and Software Hamilton are hosting “#HamOnt Tech Volunteer Opportunities”, for curious post-secondary students and individuals that want to help introduce coding and robotics to students in Grades 4-12.

We know you have a love for all things ‘tech’ so what better way to share your passion than to inspire and teach our future workforce? Guest speakers will introduce you to innovative programs, share their experiences, and help you plug-in to local grass-roots movements.

We would love for you to join us during one of our three sessions, you can register here: surveymonkey.com/r/VF9HWYG

 

Tuesday February 27, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Innovation Factory, 175 Longwood Rd S, Hamilton, ON L8P 0A1

Monday March 5, 2018
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
ArcelorMittal Dofasco S.T.E.M. Centre for Exploration and Discovery, 225 King William Street, Suite 222

 

Check out the below schedule. #HamOnt Tech Volunteer Opportunities attendees can expect coffee, tea, desserts, lots of knowledge-sharing and networking!

Schedule

6:45 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Arrival and registration – make sure you grab a dessert!

7:00 p.m.

Opening Remarks

8:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Talks

Dr. Kevin Browne, Professor & Entrepreneur
Talk: Developing your Network through Mentorship

Volunteering for mentorship, teaching and other leadership roles can allow individuals to develop career advancing soft and technical skills that open new doors. Find out about how volunteering can help your career, and learn about opportunities to become involved in the Hamilton technology and innovation community.

Beth Gibson, Project Consultant, IEC of Hamilton
Talk: Fuel the Culture

Are you interested in sharing your passion for all things ‘tech’? Do you want to fuel the culture but are not sure how to go about doing it? In this talk, Beth will introduce coding and robotics programs and initiatives that are happening right here in Hamilton. She will review core concepts, participation data, deliverables, partners, and share success stories of former volunteers who have acquired internships and job opportunities as a direct result of their involvement in these projects.

Elizabeth Trang, Facilitator & Developer, IEC of Hamilton and Ronak Patel, Facilitator & Developer, IEC of Hamilton
Talk: Innovative Tech Volunteer Opportunities

Who inspired you to pursue a passion in tech when you were younger? Was it a teacher, family member of friend? In this talk, Elizabeth and Ronak will talk about how they engage and teach youth through hands-on introductions to code. They will discuss their experiences, provide tips and tricks, and most importantly, how kids react when they learn that coding isn’t magic!

 

Teach kids how to code with Hamilton Code Clubs

 

Are you interested in inspiring the coders of tomorrow? What better way to share your passion then facilitating a local Hamilton Code Club!

Hamilton Code Clubs is a program that was designed to spark an interest in tech to students in grades 4 – 8. It is currently being offered through the Industry-Education Council (IEC) of Hamilton, in partnership with Software Hamilton, and is actively recruiting post-secondary volunteers that would be willing to assist in introducing simple software programming to our program participants.

We are looking for individuals that could assist with facilitating and mentoring the following programs:

– 6-week core Hamilton Code Clubs (approximately one hour a week, for 6 weeks)
– Saturday sessions (approximately 3.5 hours)
– Daytime and evening courses delivered at 225 King William Street (approximately 1-2 hours)

Volunteer mentors will receive the web-based platforms (i.e.: LightBot, HopScotch, Scratch, and Khan Academy) as well as the necessary information and support as they deliver a club.

This is your opportunity to mentor our future tech professionals, in a fun and interactive learning environment. Contact us to join numerous other folks, just like you, who have made a commitment to inspiring and introducing students to software programming!

Opportunity Location(s): Hamilton Central, Hamilton West, Hamilton East, Hamilton Mountain

Vulnerable Sector Check Required: Yes

Contact:

Beth Gibson, Project Consultant
IEC of Hamilton
experience@iechamilton.ca

 

 

Upcoming HTML/CSS workshop for grades 4-8

 

When: Saturday May 27th 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library (circuit 4.0 – zone 3), 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: IEC Hamilton (@IEC Hamilton)

Register: eventbrite.com/e/htmlcss-workshop-tickets-33924938404

Details:

This is a beginner to middle level workshop for local Hamilton students in Grades 4-8.

Have you ever thought of creating your very own website? If you answered ‘yes’, then this is the workshop for you! Note: this workshop provides nutritional snacks and computers. Bus tickets are available to those who require transportation. A parent/guardian must pick up their child at 4:00 pm.

This workshop experience offers local Hamilton students the opportunity to learn how to create their own website, using HTML and CSS, in a hands-on environment. The workshop will focus on the use of Khan Academy, an easy-to-use online platform where participants will learn the basics of website design through guided tutorials.

They will have the opportunity to explore various HTML concepts like inserting text, headers, and tables PLUS CSS so that they can change the colour, font, layout and more! After the session, they will be able to continue to explore to develop their coding skills and even show you their masterpiece!

 

Digital media and the environment workshop for grades 4-8

 

When: Saturday May 13th 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library (4th Floor, Circuit 4.0) at 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hamilton Code Clubs program by IEC Hamilton (@IEC Hamilton)

Register: eventbrite.com/e/digital-media-the-environment-tickets-34136604503

Details:

This is a beginner level workshop for local Hamilton students in Grades 4-8.

Have you ever thought of creating your own webpage? Have you ever wondered how digital media is used to help create awareness of the environment? If you answered ‘yes’, then this is the workshop for you! Note: this workshop provides nutritional snacks and computers. Bus tickets are available to those who require transportation. A parent/guardian must pick up their child at 4:00 pm.

This workshop experience offers local Hamilton students the opportunity to learn how digital media and the environment go hand-and-hand. Participants will research one of three Hamilton Habour Challenges, set out by the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) and then use their creativity and problem-solving skills to create awareness of environmental issue at the Hamilton Habour! Attendees will use Tryit, an easy-to-use editor and learn the basics of HTML. They will create their very own webpage by adding text, links, images and video! After the session, they will be able to continue to explore to develop their coding skills and even show you their masterpiece!

 

Scratch workshop for grades 4-8 next weekend

 

When: Saturday April 22nd 2017 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library (circuit 4.0 – zone 3), 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton, Ontario

Organizer: Hamilton Code Clubs program by IEC Hamilton (@IEC Hamilton)

Register: eventbrite.com/e/hamilton-code-clubs-scratch-workshop-tickets-33126795136

Details:

This is a beginner to middle level workshop for local Hamilton students in Grades 4-8.

Whether you are new to the world of ‘code’ or you want to ‘level-up’ your coding skills, this is your chance to create your own video game! Note: this workshop provides nutritional snacks and computers. All workshop attendees require a FREE Scratch account in order to participate. Bus tickets are available to those who require transportation. A parent/guardian must pick up their child at 4:00 pm.

This workshop experience offers local Hamilton students the opportunity to learn how to use their creativity and problem-solving skills to create a video game! The workshop will focus on the use of Scratch, an easy-to-use online platform where participants will learn the basics of software programming through recipe-style drag and drop technology. They will have the opportunity to explore various templates and add text, links, images and audio as they customize their very own video game! After the session, they will be able to continue to explore to develop their coding skills and even show you their masterpiece!

Volunteer for Hamilton Code Clubs

 

Are you interested in inspiring the coders of tomorrow? What better way to share your passion then facilitating a local Hamilton Code Club!

Hamilton Code Clubs is a program that was designed to spark an interest, in Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) to students in grades 4 – 8. It is currently being offered through the Industry-Education Council (IEC) of Hamilton, in partnership with Software Hamilton, and is actively recruiting adult volunteers that would be willing to assist in introducing simple software programming to our program participants.

 

 

We are looking for individuals that could assist with facilitating and mentoring the following programs:

  • 8-week core Hamilton Code Clubs (approximately one hour a week, for 8 weeks)
  • Saturday sessions (approximately 3.5 hours)

Volunteer mentors will receive the web-based platforms (i.e.: LightBot, HopScotch, Scratch, and Khan Academy) as well as the necessary information and support as they deliver a club.

This is your opportunity to mentor our future ICT professionals, in a fun and interactive learning environment.

Contact us to join numerous other folks, just like you, who have made a commitment to inspiring and introducing students to software programming!

Opportunity Location(s): Hamilton Central, Hamilton West, Hamilton East, Hamilton Mountain

Vulnerable Sector Check Required: Yes

Interested in running a Hamilton Code Club? Contact Sue Clarke today!

Susan Clarke, Program Manager
IEC of Hamilton
experience@iechamilton.ca

 

 

Students showcase code club creations

 

Hamilton Code Clubs (@hamontcodeclub) has been running showcase sessions in all of its code clubs over the past week!

Hamilton Code Clubs revolves around lunch hour and after school “learn to code” clubs where students are introduced to early computer programming skills using fun and free tools like Scratch, Hopscotch and Khan Academy. Students are introduced to these tools over several weeks via presentations from a mentor and working through walkthroughs. They learn the basic building blocks of programming like conditional statements and loops, mostly focused around drawing and animating since it’s most engaging that way.

The students are also given some weeks to build whatever they want to make. And I have to say it’s really, really cool watching the enthusiasm and engagement go into overdrive when they do. There’s something empowering for them about realizing that they can make the idea inside their head a reality on the screen in front of them, thanks to their new skill set. Instead of playing games, they’re making their own.

It’s cool because I suspect it will have enough of an impact for these kids that they will really remember it, and that for some it may even influence them enough to get into the industry one day.

After the students have built their creations, during the final week they show them off to their peers, mentor, teacher and in some cases parents too! It’s basically a DemoCamp for the kids in each of the 18 code clubs, and just as awesome!

Hamilton Code Clubs will be back next year, and expanding into more schools with our new funding too. Check out these photos from some the code clubs showcase events!

 

Parents watch kids at Queensdale (@Queensdale342) demo their creations!

 

A student presents his “Quest” game!

 

Another student presents his “Boat Race” game!

 

A student at St. Agnes shows off her music video animation!

 

Students at St. David demo what they’ve made for their parents!

 

A student demos his “Space Run” game!