By Yolande Poirier-Oracle on Apr 22, 2015
From original blog post
“From now on, JavaLand4Kids is going to be an integral part of the JavaLand Conference. So, this is a call to arms for my friends and speakers” commented Markus Eisele, who is the one of the organizers of JavaLand. Visit his blog for more details. Get in touch with Markus if you want to get involved with the next JavaLand4Kids.
By Guest Blogger Arun Gupta
Exactly two years ago, I wrote a blog on Introducing Kids to Java Programming using Minecraft. Since then, Devoxx4Kids has delivered numerous Minecraft Modding workshops all around the world. The workshop material is all publicly accessible at bit.ly/d4k-minecraft. In these workshops, we teach attendees, typically 8 - 16 years of age, how to create Minecraft Mods. Given the excitement around Minecraft in this age range, these workshops are typically sold out very quickly.
One of the parents from our workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area asked us to deliver a 8-week course on Minecraft modding at their local public school. As an athlete, I'm always looking for new challenges and break the rhythm. This felt like a good option, and so the game was on!
My son has been playing the game, and modding, for quite some time and helped me create the mods easily. We've also finished authoring our upcoming O'Reilly book on Minecraft Modding using Forge so had a decent idea on what needs to be done for these workshops.
All the workshop material is available at bit.ly/d4k-minecraft.
Getting Started with Minecraft Modding using Forge shows the basic installation steps.
These classes were taught from 7:30am - 7:45am, before start of the school. Given the nature of workshop, the enthusiasm and concentration in the kids was just amazing.
Java is everywhere. As the Internet of Things (IoT) moves from hype to reality, we’re seeing embedded Java used in a wide range of applications, from industrial automation systems and medical imaging devices to connected vehicles and smart meters. In the November/December 2014 issue of Java Magazine, we bring you the latest on Java and the IoT.
In our interview with Oracle’s Henrik Ståhl, we discuss the opportunities and challenges that the IoT presents for Java developers, and how changes in Java SE and Java ME (and their embedded versions) make it easier to reassemble and strip down code for smaller devices.
We also talk to Freescale’s Maulin Patel about the IoT and Java, profile IoT Developer Challenge winner Lhings Connected Table, and show you how robots make factories smarter. Plus, Vinicius Senger introduces the Device I/O API, Kai Kreuzer brings us the latest on smart homes, and Michael Kölling shows us how to program in Java on the Raspberry Pi.
Plus, we take a look at the developers of tomorrow in “Java: the Next Generation.” I’ve been talking to kids at various programming events for the last few months, and I am inspired. These kids are brave, bold, and so smart. They do not fear technology; they embrace it. I’m thrilled to see so many programs around the world that are teaching young people to code and helping them to create their futures.
Read all about it in the current issue of Java Magazine!
by guest blogger Arun Gupta
300+ kids, 16 speakers (4 from middle/high school), 6 rooms, 24 sessions of 75 mins each = extremely rewarding weekend + inspired kids!
And the name is Silicon Valley Code Camp 2014 Kids Track.
300+ kids, wow! Is that the biggest known event focused on getting kids excited in technology ?
The event covered topics ranging from Minecraft modding, Building your first iOS app, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Python, LEGO Mindstorms, Scratch, Squishy Circuits, and a whole lot more.
Many thanks to all the attendees, volunteers, parents, and of course Silicon Valley Code Camp organizers, especially Peter Kellner (@pkellner) for providing all the support to educate and inspire kids!
We’d love to have your kid deliver workshops for us next year. Help us increase the young presenters more. We’d also love female presenters, help us create gender balance in this otherwise imbalanced industry :-)
We’ll be back next year, bigger and better. Feel free to leave feedback on my blog.
Are you interested in opening a local Devoxx4Kids chapter in your city ?
Join www.meetup.com/Devoxx4Kids-BayArea if you are interested in an event that provides technology workshops for kids through out the year.
Original blog (with a lot more pictures) published here.
If you want to run a programming event for kids, visit Devoxx4kids.org. Free training is available for your own event. Can't make it to JavaOne, attend one of the many Devoxx4Kids events around the world
Devoxx4Kids is offering workshops for kids 6th grade and older to learn the basics of the Internet of Things in Mountain View, California on Sunday, May 4th. Register your child now for the morning or afternoon session!
These workshops will cover the basic concepts applied for interfacing the real world to the digital world, like sensors and controllers, circuits, voltage, current, analog and digital signals. Kids will learn via hands-on activities using the Arduino Uno, an open-source micro-controller. It can control simple components like switches, LEDs, and light sensors. Arduino kits will be provided for hands-on experience in a shared setting.
The Internet of Things is growing each day. Objects from everyday life, like water heaters, energy meters, and weather stations are now connecting to each other and people, computers and the Internet. Now is the time for your child to learn about this exciting area!
Internet of Things for Kids
Hackerdojo, Mountain View, CA
Price: $10.00/per person
REGISTRATION REQUIRED, no on-site registration.
Note: Please download and install the software as described prior to the workshop.
Devoxx4Kids is focused on educating parents to teach their kids and show that it is possible to be creative with computers. The goal is to introduce parents and their kids to programming, robotics and engineering in a fun way. This is achieved by organizing sessions where attendees can develop computer games, program robots and also have an introduction to electronics.
Announcing Devoxx London! Taking place on March 26th and 27th, 2013 right before Devoxx France on March 28th and 29th, this will be the first edition of Devoxx UK!. The call for papers begins on December 1st for Devoxx in London and Paris. Speakers will be able to present at the two conferences in the same week. Oracle committed to fully sponsor the three Devoxx conferences in 2013 with a platinum sponsorship. Over 5,000 developers are expected to attend those conferences.
Five dancing NAO robots welcomed attendees at the keynote. Stephan Janssen offers the JUGs to replicate Devoxx4Kids workshops using his content and web infrastructure. He recommended organizing kid events because “the workshops were really fun and such rewarding experience.” Stephan also announced the redesign of Parleys with Html 5 and GlassFish. Friendlier to speakers, they will be able to post their slides online before their talks and then sync the talk's sound track with the slides.
Nandini Ramani, VP of product development explained in her keynote address the growing role of Java from enterprise application development to cloud computing to embedded machine-to-machines systems. “Java continues to drive the applications and devices that enrich our interactivity with the world around us” she said.
The Java platform has expanded its reach with the OS X and Linux ARM support on Java SE and Java embedded with two new releases, Java SE embedded and Java Embedded Suite 7.0 middleware platformComing up next year is JDK 8, which will include Project Lambda, Project Nashorn and more. As part of that release, JavaFX will offer 3D and third-party component integration. At Devoxx, the slick and interactive schedules were designed with JavaFX. The earliest version of the Java EE 7 SDK is available for download and has WebSocket support, improved JSON support and more.
Stephen Chin arrived on stage with his bike, ending his European NightHacking tour. Check the hacking sessions online here