We focus on creating interactive stories, making games, and the intersection of technology, art, and music. Our course offerings include a beginner course for kids who are just starting out and an advanced course for those who are already familiar with tech & programming. MKC is a program of Mechanics’ Hall, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, located at 519 Congress Street in Portland, Maine.
We will update you when Fall 2020 registration begins.
We are looking for middle school kids who are curious about technology, interested in learning how computers work, fascinated by computer games and robots and looking for a place to pursue that interest with like minded peers.
We’re always welcoming talented educators and professionals to join our team! If you’re interested in lending a helping hand to our cause, get in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re seeking people to help raise money, teach in the classroom, or just contribute ideas during curriculum planning sessions!
Maine Kids Code introduces kids to creative technologies, computer programming, and collaborative problem solving. It is important to us to make sure that all necessary knowledge, material, and hardware are available to all students regardless of background. A huge Thank You to our sponsors: Big Room Studios, Arkatechture, Tyler Technologies, the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation, and the Maine Community Foundation!
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Both the intro and advanced courses are presented by and take place at Mechanics’ Hall, in the second floor classroom at 519 Congress St. in Portland, Maine 04101.
Design and Code Your Own Game. Using Scratch, a free creative coding platform from MIT, students will learn basic concepts of programming while building simple and fun computer games. Students will then create backgrounds, characters, and the other sprites that comprise a game. Lastly, using the visual blocks language, they will learn to build their game mechanics – movements such as jumping, moving platforms, and special abilities. Upon course completion, students will be able to:
This class is for students who are new to coding or would like to expand their abilities with Scratch. Previous programming experience is not required.
This class is for students who are looking for a fun challenge. Previous programming experience is not required, but it is helpful.