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Silicon Valley Code Camp Kids Track 2013

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Silicon Valley
Code Camp v8.0
concluded over the weekend. I've attended each
code camp since the introduction of Java (href="http://blogs.oracle.com/arungupta/entry/silicon_valley_code_camp_trip">2007,
href="http://blogs.oracle.com/arungupta/entry/glassfish_silicon_valley_code_camp">2008,
href="http://blogs.oracle.com/arungupta/entry/silicon_valley_code_code_camp">2009,
href="http://blogs.oracle.com/arungupta/entry/java_ee_6_glassfish_silicon">2010,
href="https://blogs.oracle.com/arungupta/entry/silicon_valley_code_camp_20111">2011,
href="https://blogs.oracle.com/arungupta/entry/silicon_valley_code_camp_2012">2012,
and now this one). The code camp has stuck to its three core
principles from the beginning:
  • By and for the developer community (no product or marketing
    pitches ;)
  • No charge to attendees
  • Never occurs during work hours

The code camp has shown constant growth over its lifespan as is
evident by the trends below:


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The conference is definitely outgrowing its existing venue as the
registrations had to be closed early for the first time.



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It takes a village to organize a volunteer-driven conference and
that has indeed been the case for all these years. The conference
has been primarily focused on professional developers for all the
past years. President Obama said



"If we want America to lead in the 21st century, nothing is more
important than giving everyone the best education possible — from
the day they start preschool to the day they start their career.
"



 So this year, other than my usual speaking engagements, I also
volunteered to coordinate a new track focused on enabling future
generation of developers. It was astounding to see kids from
elementary school, middle school, and early high schoolers learning
programming skills.



This new track had 16 sessions delivered by 8 speakers:

More details about the track are href="http://www.siliconvalley-codecamp.com/Track/2013/kids">available
here. About 200 kids attended stayed with their parents most
of the day and enjoyed interacting with other attendees.



Here is some feedback we've heard so far:



Thank you very much for the great classes this past Sunday. 
I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot.  I hope you have more of
such classes so I can also have my friends attend with me.


Arun - thank you so much for volunteering your time and
organizing such a fantastic event today!! My kids had a blast and
quoting my 9-yr old son "Mom, this was the best experience I've
ever had" :-) We would be interested in any future events you may
be planning, one time or on-going.




Thanks again for the Minecraft Mod workshop yesterday; my son
enjoyed it tremendously and I hope it will encourage him to learn
how to program in coming years.  I also enjoyed it as it gave
me some hints as to how Forge mod loader works
.



We enjoyed the minecraft modding class yesterday as part of code
camp.  My 11 year old has never coded (beyond Scratch) and he
was up and hacking minecraft within the first hour.  Arun’s
preparatory materials, teaching approach and engaging style made
this a great experience.  I would definitely like to see more
kid based courses in the future and would definitely recommend the
minecraft session to anyone interested in modding.  I’d give
the course 4 out of 5 stars.




A friend invited us this morning to SVCC, and although the room
was packed, my son and I managed to get in and enjoyed learning
more about Java coding.  Thanks for putting this class
together, and for making opportunities like this for father/son
activity related to computer literacy.  We had a good time,
please keep it up for next year :-)




We loved kids sessions in code camp.  It motivated my kid
programming.  Keep up the good work.




My 12 year and 8 years old sons has been coming to code camp for
over 4 years now.  It has been fun all these years, however
this year in their words "It was the best code camp ever!". 
Thank you Peter K., Kevin Nilson, Arun Gupta and Stephen Chin and
all other volunteers for excellent sessions!




"This was fun" says my 11 yr old son Aidan. As the dad, I've been
spending some time with him at home building mods in Java and it's
definitely a way to motivate him to learn programming.  He's
been able to slog through some rather dry Java materials so that
he can get better at Java programming. Re: the Minecraft class,
you did a nice job of teaching theory and then connecting it to
something applicable.




If you attended any of the sessions, we'd love to hear your feedback
at kids@siliconvalley-codecamp.com.



Many thanks to co-track lead Dave
Briccetti
and other speakers: href="https://twitter.com/twistedsq">Neil Brown, href="https://twitter.com/steveonjava">Stephen Chin, href="https://twitter.com/lynnlangit">Lynn Langit, Samantha
Langit, Shadaj Laddad, href="https://twitter.com/aditya_g">Aditya Gupta, and Ron
Verghis.



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And complete album at:



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The two days were very exhausting, but extremely rewarding and
satisfying!



Follow at @arungupta and
@devoxx4kidsba
(Devoxx 4 Kids Bay Area) for any future updates on similar
workshops!


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