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OSCON Kids Day (sold out)

Sunday, May 15, 2016 | 10am-5pm | Austin Convention Center

OSCON Kids Day

Once again we’re partnering with Devoxx4Kids to host an entire day of workshops for school aged children interested in learning more about computer programming. Workshops will include Java, Python, Scratch, Minecraft Modding, Arduino, and more. Recommended ages for the workshops are 6 and up, depending on your child’s skills and abilities.

Laptops will be provided for the kids to work on. The $25 ticket price includes all workshops, a t-shirt, lunch for both the child and their parent/guardian, and snacks throughout the day. Registration for Kids Day will open in March.

Note: a parent or guardian must accompany their child to OSCON Kids Day and stay for the duration. We’ll have wifi available so bring your favorite device with you. Parents are encouraged to participate by sitting alongside their child as they work.

Kids Day has now reach capacity — we’re looking forward to welcoming 100 young coders at OSCON this year!

Register at Eventbrite for OSCON Kids Day

Don’t want to lead a workshop but would like to help out with Kids Day? We’re looking for a few people to help the kids follow along during the workshops. Volunteer to help.

Kids Day Schedule

Time Meeting Room 4 Meeting Room 5 Meeting Room 6 Meeting Room 7
9:30am Check-in Check-in Check-in Check-in
10:00am-12:00pm Easy Android App Development with MIT App Inventor Introduction to Python – Beginners 3D Selfie Workshop (3D Scanning, Modding and Printing) Star Wars: The Programmer Awakens
1:00pm-3:00pm Build Your Games with JavaScript and HTML5 Making Music with Makey Makey and Scratch Introduction to Arduino Build Your Own Website with Web Components
3:00pm-5:00pm Let’s make some games! Minecraft Modding JavaScripting A Game Teaching Kids Programming with TKPJava

10:00am-12:00pm Workshops

Easy Android App Development with MIT App Inventor
Sowmya Kannan
You can now learn to build the apps and games that you enjoy playing on your Android device! In this workshop, you will develop cool apps and games that use UI controls, animation, sound, and sensors. We will use the innovative MIT App Inventor to develop Android apps by using simple drag-and-drop building blocks. No coding skills needed!

Introduction to Python – Beginners
Arun Gupta
This workshop is designed for beginners with no prior experience in programming required. The workshop is designed as interactive study and fun material with primary focus of explaining basic fundamentals of logic and computer science. We will teach them how to run and execute small programs using Python.

3D Selfie Workshop (3D Scanning, Modding and Printing)
Diane Mueller
Enable participants to create 3D portraits of themselves; understand basics of getting a image print-ready & enjoy magic of seeing themselves in 3D. Using Kinect 2.0, we will scan all participants as they arrive for the event. We’ll then demo how to clean up & modify the scanned images in Tinkercad. Time permitting 1 or 2 will be printed.

Star Wars: The Programmer Awakens
Aditya Gupta
Star Wars may be fiction, but it’s getting closer to real life in this workshop. Using block-based programming from a mobile app, attendees will be able to program a real-life version of the BB-8 droid from the movie. They will learn about programming concepts like control structures, variables, and operators while having fun and making BB-8 do things like exploring and running from stormtroopers.

1:00am – 3:00pm Workshops

Build Your Games with JavaScript and HTML5
Anoop Trivedi
Have you played web browser based games? Do you know they are build using simple programming languages such as HTML5 and JavaScript? Well, if you are interested to learn how to build simple games using JavaScript and HTML, this is the interactive workshop for you. Don’t worry if you have not programmed before, we will start with the very basics.

Making Music with Makey Makey and Scratch
Emily Weerts
Learn how to use the Makey Makey, an invention kit for everyone, to control a program written in Scratch. We’ll introduce a simple Scratch music project and provide materials to design interactive instruments. No experience necessary, we’ll be working in groups, and can accommodate students with and without coding experience. Rock on!

Introduction to Arduino
Pradeep Bhatter
In this hands-on workshop kids will build circuits using Arduino Uno, an open-source micro-controller.

Build Your Own Website with Web Components
Kevin Nilson
In this hands-on lab, kids will discover how web components work. They will use Polymer to build simple but amazing websites leveraging the power of web components.

3:00am – 5:00pm Workshops

Let’s make some games!
Steve Pousty
Hey you – yes you – do you like playing video or computer games? Well then how about learning to make your own? Come join us as we hang out for two hours and make some computer games with Greenfoot. Be sure to bring a laptop – this will definitely be hands on.

Minecraft Modding with Forge
Arun Gupta
This workshop will teach attendees how to create Minecraft Mods using Forge.

JavaScripting A Game
Kyle Simpson
Ever played a web or video game and wondered what it would take to make your own? Let’s practice a bit with making a simple game using nothing but JavaScript and Canvas in a browser.

Teaching Kids Programming with TKPJava
Lynn Langit
In this workshop kids ages 10-14 will be introduced to core computational concepts via an interactive, instructor-led workshop with TKPJava and Codenvy.

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Allison Gillespie
05/13/2016 9:44am CDT

@Sailaja – yes, please email me ASAP. agillespie AT oreilly DOT com .

05/11/2016 10:23am CDT

Is there any possibility to buy 1 ticket?

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Allison Gillespie
05/06/2016 6:55am CDT

@Carol – Registration is open. You can register here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/oscon-kids-day-2016-tickets-24337849162

Carol Lee
05/06/2016 2:05am CDT

Are there any updates to when registration will open? I clicked on the see pricing and packages link above but didn’t see an option to register for the kids event.

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Allison Gillespie
03/23/2016 8:27am CDT

@Kelvin – registration for Kids Day will open in the next few weeks. There will be a link to register from this page.

Kelvin Sumlin
03/22/2016 11:11am CDT

How do I register a kid for the OSCON Kids day? I do not see that option.