Technology

There's Still Time to Learn to Code with MV Code Club This Summer

July 23, 2017

MV Code Club Summer Camp

There's still time to learn to code this summer! MV Code Club has space available in many of its fun summer camps for the month of August. Kids in 1st through 10th grade can create video games, experiment with robotics, learn STEM and STEAM skills, improve math, science, and problem-solving abilities, and more! Campers don't just sit in front of a computer monitor for a week—they also participate in fun outdoor games and team-building activities. Check out their website for a full list of available camps.

Prepare Your Child for the Future: 5 Reasons Your Child Should Learn to Code

November 7, 2016

MV Code Club

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from MV Code Club, who offer five reasons why kids should learn to code.

  1. There are now more computing devices than people
    By learning to code, they will be able to master technology, instead of being controlled by it.
  2. Coding teaches problem solving
    Programmers use several logical techniques to solve problems. These techniques are universal and don’t change, even though technology that we use changes all the time.  

Get Creative at CEC Makerspace at South Novato Library

May 6, 2016

CEC Makerspace South Novato Library

It goes without saying that STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Art, and Math) education is a hot topic with families today. Getting kids to become "makers" working with hands-on projects is not only fun, but an important part of learning how our world today works and getting prepared for future careers. Working on STEAM activities often involves lots of expensive equipment like computers, laser cutters, soldering stations, power tools, and 3D printers, and of course a space in which to work—and that's where local maker spaces like the CEC Maker Space and Media Studio at South Novato Library come into play.

Marin Maker Kids: Spend Winter Break with an Hour of Code

December 21, 2015

Hour of Code

If your kids are looking for something fun and rewarding to do over Winter Break, why not make that screen time fun and educational by completing an Hour of Code? Hour of Code officially took place during Computer Science Education Week earlier this month, but if you missed it or just want to have more fun learning some code there are some great online resources out there for you to explore.

HUE Animation Studio Makes Stop-Motion Easy for All Ages

September 15, 2015

HUE Animation Studio

We've been experimenting with making stop-motion movies for a while now, using various tools like our DSLR and iPads, but we recently got a review copy of the new HUE Animation Studio and it's changed our filmmaking world!

HUE Animation Studio is a complete kit that includes almost everything you and your kids need to create your own stop-motion movies, including a 720p USB camera, software for Windows or Mac, and a guidebook. You have to provide the imagination! Great sources for animation fun that you probably have on hand include LEGO minifigs, Playmobil figures, and other toys and action figures, modeling clay, and even drawings.

Create, Code and Play during Microsoft’s free YouthSpark Camps at your Local Store

February 9, 2015

Microsoft Store YouthSpark CampsMarin Mommies presents a sponsored article from the Microsoft Store at The Village in Corte Madera.

While you likely know that the Microsoft at The Village at Corte Madera is your one-stop-shop for best-in-class products like Surface Pro 3, Xbox One, Windows Phones, and the new Microsoft Band, did you also know that it offers free coding camps for kids? Thanks to the YouthSpark initiative, a Microsoft-wide commitment to empowering 300 million young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurships, these engaging and entertaining after school and weekend camps are now offered year-round! Today's youth face an opportunity divide—a gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not—and these camps seek to close that gap.

Kids Can Learn Programming with MV Code Club

October 28, 2014

MV Code ClubIf you have a technology-minded kid who wants to explore the world of computers beyond just playing Minecraft and surfing the web, then check out the offerings from the MV Code Club, which just opened its second Marin location in Greebrae's Bon Air Center. Founded last year by Mill Valley software designer Douglas Tarr, MV Code Club offers boys and girls in 1st through 10th grade coding instruction in a fun and engaging environment.

The club made the decision to expand to Greenbrae when it realized that many families were travelling to Mill Valley from as far away as Fairfax and Novato to attend classes. At the club students can explore Scratch, Minecraft mods, HTML, javascript, 3D design, arduino, LEGO Mindstorm, Unity scripting, and more. MV Code Club locations feature 4:1 teacher-student ratios, Mac workstations, Makerbot 3D Printers, Oculus Rift VR, and the latest software and hardware.

Art and Technology Rule at the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco

March 31, 2014

Children's Creativity MuseumKids can get hands-on with 21st-century technology and the arts at San Francisco's Children's Creativity Museum in the city's Yerba Buena neighborhood. Formerly known as Zeum, this fun and educational resource on the roof of Moscone Center is the perfect place for families with kids of all ages. You can literally spend all day here working on projects and having a blast.

The Children's Creativity Museum offers numerous opportunities for imaginative play and learning, and features a stop-motion animation studio, a music studio, a design studio, an innovation lab, art galleries, and more. The museum also boasts a fantastic 1906 Looff carousel, which is currently undergoing an extensive renovation. It and its hand-carved menagrie of 65 animals is due to re-open on Saturday, April 26, 2014, so you won't have long to wait to ride it again!

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