Our New Clubhouse Location

on May 27, 2018

Those of you close to us may know that we've been searching for a new location since December 2017 - we outgrew our current office long ago and have finally found a place that can meet the needs of our students, parents, and staff. Much like a hermit crab, our new Clubhouse will allow Happy Code to grow and thrive.

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Topics: Kids Can Code, Coding for Teens, HappyCoders, HappyStaff, HappyInstructors, STEAM, STEM, summer camp, Stamford, learning, Kids Coding, Blog, New Location

Student of the Month (April)

on May 5, 2018
Brenden_Scratch

As an avid Scratcher, Brenden has taken his projects to the next level, like his Fish Chomping game, mind-reading search engine, and more! In addition to Intermediate Programming in Scratch, he's also joined the Java Programming with Minecraft class for the Spring session! Currently he's one of two students enrolled in multiple classes on the same day!!

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Topics: Student of the Month, STEAM, Kids Coding, Blog, STEM, HappyCoders, Kids Can Code

Development of Java Programming with Minecraft

on May 5, 2018

According to Inc., Java is the most popular programming language in the world right now. Java, originally invented by Sun Microsystems as a programming language for television systems, has turned into one of the most popular languages in the world. Java is used to build different applications, like mobile apps, server apps and video games.

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Topics: Java, minecraft, coding, Curriculum Development, modding, Kids Can Code, Stamford

Building Our Own Minecraft Server

on May 5, 2018

In mid-April, Enea and I built a desktop computer out of parts we had originally ordered for our Amazing Gaming Machines class, to use for the then-upcoming class "Java Programming with Minecraft". We began with a table full of parts, most still in their original packages:

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Topics: learning to build a PC, gaming pc build, gaming pc, Game Development, minecraft, modding, Kids Coding, Kids Can Code, Stamford, HappyStaff

Happy Scratch Coding Tips - A Free Video Series for Scratchers

on Apr 11, 2018

Our Scratch Guru Erickson has created a new video series to teach people awesome tips and neat things to do in Scratch! You can watch and learn, or better yet try out the code in Scratch alongside the video!

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Topics: Kids Can Code, Scratch, Visual Scripting, Kids Coding, Learn to Code, Coding Tips, Scratch Coding Tips, Blog, learning

What is Unity? An introduction to the leading global game development engine

on Apr 10, 2018

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Topics: Learn with Unity, Made with Unity, Unity3D, Game Development, Game Engines, games, 3D Game Design, gaming, Kids Can Code, Kids Coding

Six Snow Day STEM Activities

on Mar 8, 2018

With yesterday's monster blizzard and another Nor'easter coming Monday, we thought it would be the perfect time to brainstorm a few STEAM activities to do when snowed in.

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Topics: Kids Can Code, Learn to Code, STEAM, Python, Blog, learning

Student of the Month (February)

on Mar 5, 2018

William is our Student of the Month for being a very creative and focused member of our Club. Check out some of these screenshots of the great project he's worked on during ouUnity Unwrapped  class: 

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Topics: Kids Can Code, Learn with Unity, Winter Session, Student of the Month, STEAM, Stamford

Broadening Our Horizons

on Jan 31, 2018

Since 1964, the Horizons program has been building brighter futures for kids of all ages. Happy Code Club is proud to have joined the effort to improve the skills of these kids and send them back to their schools excited to learn! We began contributing on January 12th as part of their Winter Program at the New Canaan Country School campus each Saturday for 4 weeks. With two blocks each weekend, I've been teaching 18 students our Unity Unmasked curriculum with the aide of Steven, a TA provided by Horizons and a student who's been in the program itself since 2nd grade.

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Topics: Kids Can Code, Learn with Unity, Learn to Code, Made with Unity, Winter Session, Coding for Teens, HappyStaff, HappyInstructors, Unity3D, Girls Can Code

Touring the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

on Jan 31, 2018

Invited to Visit 🐟🐠🐡

Our journey began when one of my students at the Horizons program was discussing with his father the Unity class he's taking. That simple conversation sparked what may be an exciting and fruitful program. As I came to learn, roughly 1 year ago the aquarium setup a massive 32-screen digital fish wall, running an app that enabled visitors to paint their very own aquatic life and upon giving it a name, watch it join the hundreds of marinelife up on the big screen! The aquarium's IT Manager Serigo had facilitated this project and after listening to his son's enjoyment of our Unity class, emailed me to introduce himself and the digital wall exhibit. Sergio invited me to come see it for myself, meet him, and tour the facility!

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Topics: Kids Can Code, Made with Unity, HappyStaff, Kids Coding, Blog, Insider, games, learning, Unity3D, HappyInstructors, Norwalk, maritimeaquarium