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January 7, 2023 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


Go beyond code by incorporating robotics and technology! Draw paths that represent code for their robot to follow. Intermediate coders can utilize the block-based drag and drop interface (like Scratch Block Programming). Pros can use JavaScript and write text programs like a boss.


Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be of different colors, prints, or patterns. The best-known origami model is the Japanese paper crane. The principles of origami are also used in stents, packaging, and other engineering applications!
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)!


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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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January 7, 2023
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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