In Code Club, kids have fun while learning the fundamentals of computer science. We focus on the creative and problem solving aspects of computer science, and using the tools of computing to understand the world around us. Kids practice the design process and design thinking as they plan, code and test their own interactive stories, mini-games, and multimedia productions. Using Scratch, MIT’s visual programming language, your child will master the core skills of computer programming which they can take to text based languages (like Java, Python, or Haskell) as their skills develop. All skill levels are supported and instruction will be tailored to meet your child where they are.
how it works
Each week in the Club, meetings we will focus on a core idea of computer science and kids will be challenged to integrate these ideas into their projects. Because Scratch is web based software, they will be able to show and share their work at home and continue working outside of the Club, if they want to. Each week the Club facilitators will post goals for the week, a summary of our meeting, and optional extension activities that can be done at home.
Code Club is a PACC after school enrichment program at PS 9. Students will be picked up from their classroom and then join us in the computer lab for a 90-minute session. Code Club meets on Wednesdays from 4pm-5:30pm, for the 6-week spring session. It is available to students in grades 2-5.
About the Facilitators…
Matt Curinga is Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Adelphi University where he teaches courses in instructional design, media studies, and computer science. Among other projects, he studies how to teach computer science and is the developer of PyTutor, an interactive platform where beginners can study programming together online.
David Frackman is a senior technologist, educator, entrepreneur and parent who attempts to frame and materialize the invisible and barely possible. He’s the inventor of Mr. Goodwich, the robotic grill cheese vending machine, and the coach of the award winning First Lego League robotics team, The Flying Bison.
Loreto Dumitrescu is an occupational therapist and tinkerer with a driven interest in unlocking the ways technology can help bring out the best in each student. She is a recent graduate from Adelphi University with a Masters in Educational Technology. Her OT practice focuses on assistive technology and Universal Design for Learning.
Dominick Ryan is a PS 9 parent and an officer with the PS9 Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). As an accountant, Dominick integrates computing and mathematics into his daily work, and he’s interested in finding ways to further enrich PS 9’s curriculum through instruction in coding and computer science.