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About the Tutorial
This free tutorial will explore how to program using Python by making games. The workshop will start with learning Python's simple data types, including numbers, letters and strings, and lists. We will also explore comparisons, if-statements, and loops. Finally, we will combined our new knowledge by creating our own game using the PyGame library.
The one-day workshop is being hosted on Wednesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 14th. Originally, one day was planned, but added a second day to accommodate demand.
Which day should you choose?
Wednesday's tutorial is for 12 year olds - 15 year olds. Thursday's tutorial is for 15 year olds - 18 year olds(ish).
What is the day schedule?
9:00am - 1:00pm: Introduction + PyGame Tutorial 1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch (provided) 2:00pm - 4:00pm: Hacking (optional)
What is this "hacking"?
After the tutorial and lunch, if the attendee would like to work on learning more about Python and his/her Raspberry Pi - stick around. We will provide space and volunteers to continue hacking on the game from earlier that day, or help you explore more possibilities with Python.
Every attendee will be provided with a Raspberry Pi to take home, as well as the great book, Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners.
The PyCon organizers will provide the space as well as the monitors + keyboards for the day. The Raspberry Pi will already be set up with the needed software and dependencies.
There will be volunteer TAs during the day to help with questions and setup for the attendees. If you are interested in volunteering to help out in some fashion, please email us!
About the instructors
Katie Cunningham is a Python developer at Cox Media Group and a DC native. She’s a fervent advocate for Python, Open Source Software, and teaching more people how to program. She also helps organize PyLadies in the DC area, a program designed to increase diversity in the Python community. She has taught classes for the organization, bringing novices from instillation to writing their first app in 48 hours.
Katie is an active blogger at her website, covering issues such as Python, accessibility, and the trials and tribulations of working from home.
Barbara is an open source veteran, with almost 15 years of experience as a professional developer, and at least five as an active participant in the Python and Django communities. She has also volunteered as a teacher and mentor through organizations such as PyLadies and Code Scouts. Currently, she works as a data consultant for the Texas Tribune.
Still have questions?
Feel free to email Lynn Root with any questions or concerns you may have.