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November 19, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

2 CoderDojo students marvel at sleek design of a remote controlled drone.

Engineering, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship for Kids!

CoderDojo is a free K–5 STEM program under NewBoCo K–12 Education that encourages creativity, fosters entrepreneurship, and helps kids learn to code.

Each week, we assemble different “stations” where kids can experience different STEM activities and learn about subjects like physics, engineering, computer science, circuitry, automation, and much more—all while having fun and being creative! We encourage students to visit any stations that look fun and interesting! Mentors will get participants started at each station, then students can learn, explore, and do what kids do best—play—inside the activities. Curiosity and creativity are your best friends!


Always-On Stations

Hour of Code

Engage in self-guided activities tailored to your coding comfort level. Activities include Scratch Block Programming, which allows you to easily build stories and games using “blocks” of code. You can also play Code Combat, an innovative live coding strategy game for beginners. Learn Python or JavaScript as you defeat ogres, solve mazes, and level up.

Snap Circuits

Learn basic engineering, electronics and circuitry concepts using Snap Circuits! Snap Circuits use easy-to-connect components to assemble electronic circuits on a simple “rows-and-columns” base grid. What you build functions just like the printed circuit boards found in most electronic products!


Unique This Week

Two CoderDojo students assemble the programmable Robot Arm

The Robot Arm

Meet the Robot Arm! Our hand-built, fun-to-learn arm is assembled with everyday consumer building blocks, powered by motors and circuits, and directed with code. Our Robot Arm station lets you experience it all! We’ll have a built arm that kids can program to move and grab using simple and complex code. But we’ll also have the pieces for a second arm so kids can build it themselves and study principles of engineering and construction!

Tin Foil Boat Challenge

Sounds simple? Not necessarily! Your mission: build a boat out of tin foil and see how many pennies it can carry before it sinks to the bottom of our artificial sea floor! Learn about buoyancy, physics, and engineering—with water!
Two CoderDojo students gleefully learn while they play with a remote-controlled drone


Have you seen small colorful lights in the night sky that seem to dart about like flying saucers? Or maybe you’ve seen videos of buildings or parks that make you feel like you’re flying? Those are drones! Meet these newer and long-anticipated additions to the CoderDojo family of learning. You will focus on understanding the engineering — the function and design of these amazing little machines. We’ll explore how they defy gravity and maneuver through the air with alien grace. And then, you’ll even get to pilot one yourself!


What are you waiting for? Sign up now! CoderDojo is free and open to all kids K–5 and their parents (if they want to explore their sense of child-like wonder as well)!


Are you interested in helping out? We’re always open to volunteers. Afraid you don’t have the expertise? No worries, we’ll show you everything you need to know. Join us, help the kids out, and maybe you’ll learn something too!



Generously sponsored by Cargill.
Cargill: Helping the world thrive

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November 19, 2022
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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NewBoCo K-12 Education Team
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The Geonetric Building
415 12th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 United States
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