Kids Code Madison

Kids Code Madison Club

Upper elementary and middle school students are invited to Kids Code Madison, a weekly, drop-in coding club.  A volunteer-led program, youth can program their own interactive stories, games, and animations using programs and tools like Scratch and Trinket.  New and experienced kid programmers welcome!

Kids Code Madison is a club, not a class, so you can come any week, anytime!  New programmers will be given some direction with tutorials and help from volunteers, and experienced programmers can work on ongoing projects, start something new, help a friend, or practice the “sushi” (mini, bit sized) skill of the day.

Hawthorne Library

In partnership with the Madison Public Library, and the Hawthorne Library

The Fall session of this volunteer-led program, will feature a lab for kids who want to continue past projects and code with their friends, and a focus on game development in Scratch and Pico-8.  New and experienced kid programmers welcome!

GirlsCode Madison 6PM-7:30 @ Hawthorne Library

KidsCode Madison 6PM-7:30 @ Hawthorne Library

  • Wednesday 9/18
  • Monday 10/7
  • Monday 11/18
  • Wednesday 12/4
  • Thursday 9/19
  • Thursday 9/26
  • Thursday 10/3
  • Thursday 10/10
  • Thursday 10/17
  • Thursday 10/24
  • Thursday 11/14
  • Thursday 11/21
  • Thursday 12/5

Drop-in (come for 30 minutes, come for the whole time!)  Come as available, or come each week!

  • BYOD – Bring your own device!  Laptops with access to a browser and with wifi are best.  Devices will also be available (first come, first served).  Kids who use library computers may need to partner with a club friend and work collaboratively!
  • All children 7 and younger must be accompanied by an adult in the library (not necessarily in the community room where we meet), per library policy.
  • Club is really meant for kids in upper elementary and beyond. Younger children may find the concepts difficult to understand.  Basic literacy and computer skills are needed.

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Why Scratch?

Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations.

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.  Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.  Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Scratch is being taught throughout our community in classes led by the UW-Madison Computer Science Department, as well as in after-school clubs and classes led by various groups.

This club is an opportunity for kids to take their Scratch exploration to the next level, continuing to collaborate with other children (older and younger, less and more experienced).  Kids new to Scratch are also welcome!

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