Computer Science Programs

Hour Of Code Night
Next program: Hour of Code Night II at MCOE!
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For kids and parents together, MV GATE’s “Hour of Code Night” is a delightful 1-hour evening introduction to coding and computer science. Our first program made the front page of the IJ, and since then we’ve taken the program to every elementary school in Mill Valley and other sites to rave reviews, including coverage on the front page of The New York Times.

With superb age-appropriate curriculum from Code.Org, plus the amazing effect of the community and family experience, Hour of Code Night is a unique and inspiring learning experience for kids and their parents alike.

Code Kids
in Mill Valley schools starting Sep 8
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Building on the success of its “Hour of Code Night” programs, MVGATE is happy to introduce CodeKids, a first computer programming course for kids grades 1-5.
Covered April 8 in the SF Chronicle, CodeKids continues the amazing Hour of Code Night experience. Learn more and sign up here. CodeKids combines world-class Code.org curriculum of fun self-paced blocks of instruction with our MV GATE pair-programming, social-context model that makes learning technology a warmly supported group experience. Kids complete fun, self-paced puzzle-based learning, learn key programming concepts, participate in discussion groups, work in teams, complete special projects, and celebrate their own and each others’ milestones and achievements. CodeKids runs as an afterschool program at elementary schools in Mill Valley, with an expanded version running as a summer camp this August. Fall programs will be scheduled soon.
Summer Programs
Next Programs: summer 2015
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Three Camp Sessions:

1. Build Your Own Computer: kids build a working computer, then install Linux, then start to program their new computer using Scratch and Python. For grades 5-9.  REGISTER


2. CodeKids2 ScratchLab Camp: CodeKids ScratchLab introduces kids to the MIT Scratch programming language to create their own games and apps. The program introduces the basics of Scratch, surveys the range of games and apps kids can build, then helps kids as they develop their own creations.  Grades 2-6. REGISTER


Game Development in Python
3. Game Development in Python: Start to learn Python, one of the world’s most popular & powerful development languages. Use the Pygame library, a set of Python modules that make it easier to create portable, fully featured games and multimedia programs in Python. Grades 6-10. REGISTER