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

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

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

Student of the Month - November 🍎

on Nov 23, 2017

Riley is our Student of the Month for being an incredibly enthusiastic and engaged coder. She was "Princess Bubblegum" (from Adventure Time) at our HappyCode Halloween celebration 👸🏼👑

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Topics: Blog, Student of the Month, Scratch, Kids Coding, Stamford

👩🏼‍🔬👨🏼‍💻 Why do our Kids Coding Club T-shirts say "Coding Wizard in Training"? 👩🏼‍💻👨🏼‍🏫

on Nov 22, 2017

You may have noticed our Happy Instructors walking, coding, talking, and teaching with a new style of shirt on. We were so excited to order this new "Coding Wizard" shirt design for BOTH staff and students. Because our instructors are so intelligent, enthusiastic, and downright magical it made perfect sense to brand them as Coding Wizards; moreover the knowledge they impart naturally makes our each of our student HappyCoders a "Coding Wizard in Training" 😄🔮✨

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Topics: tshirts, Blog, Kids Coding, HappyInstructors, HappyStaff, HappyCoders, STEAM, Stamford, connecticut, learning, Instructors

Our HappyCode Halloween Hoorah 🎃

on Nov 14, 2017

We were blown away by how many enthusiastic coders we had during our HappyCode Halloween celebration on Saturday, Oct 28th! With so many amazing costumes from Witches to Angels to Spiderman too! Complimented by our own HappyCode-o-lantern 🎃 and plenty of treats, the day was a blast!👻

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Topics: Blog, Events, Kids Coding, STEM, STEAM, Stamford, Scratch, Visual Scripting, coding

Newsletter - August 2017

on Aug 3, 2017

For those that didn't get the newsletter via our mailing list, below is a PDF re-upload.

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Topics: coding, mt kisco, Scratch, Blog, boys and girls club, connecticut, day camps, Events, Kids Coding, learning, northern westchester, Python, Schools, Stamford, STEM, westchester