Coding and Electronics with Minecraft

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Location address: Worthing, BN11 3DH
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Ages: children 9 - 18 · adults 18+ years

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Standard Price £17
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A summary
Hello everyone! Genius Brighton are back at Colonnade House this January. In this fast-paced two-hour workshop, you'll learn about the importance of a basic knowledge of coding in the world you're growing up in. We'll teach you how to think about coding and hacking and how we put together programs in the real world using the Python programming language. We've got 0930-1130 and 1430-1630 available, with the 1200-1400 slot reserved for girls, non-binary and gender-variant young people. Take a look at that listing, if that appeals more to you: We'll show you how we can control real-world electronic devices using code, by connecting some simple electronics to Raspberry Pi computers, and controlling them using Python. We'll then use the Python code we've learned to control the Minecraft game, and even integrate some of the electronics into the game. You'll use industry-standard coding environments and methods, learning from people who do this every day! If you're aged 9 or older, you'll probably manage this. If you're younger, you might need some help with all the typing. We move along pretty fast, and the last thing we want is to put off our younger coders. So, 9 and up usually works well. We only have 8 spots available per two-hour session. We've run these workshops before, but this time we're adding a bit of electronics and fully updated coding exercises. Expect noise, broken electronics, and just a little bit of chaos! Take a look at the rest of this listing for more about us and our philosophy.
About your mentors
Andrew Riley-Watson
Professional geophysicist, amateur musician.
I'm a practicing geo-scientist living in West Sussex with three children, a dog and a cat. I run Genius Brighton, where I've been teaching educational workshops for several years. I'm also a musician (find me on Spotify!), a runner, and a big believer in lifelong education.
Effie Riley-Watson
Artist and saxophonist
I'm Andrew's daughter. I'm in Year 10 and enjoy helping out with these workshops.
Learning aims
Aim 1
You'll learn the basics of some of the most important skills you'll need in the future. Coding is all about problem solving, figuring things out and knowing how to teach yourselves new things.
Aim 3
You're going to have fun and break stuff, because that's how we really learn.
Aim 2
You'll learn about the gender gap in computer science and why we want to close it. You'll learn about important female computer scientists in the recent past.
Aim 4
You'll get a fast introduction to one of the world's most important programming languages - Python, and you'll learn how to put together short programs that control simple electronics, and the Minecraft game.
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Where we'll be
47 Colonnade House, Warwick Street, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 3DH
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