Club News, Meeting Announcements & Notes

FVGCC 2021-2022 Year in Review

Fox Valley Girls Coding Club had a small and energized group girls for the 2021-2022 school year. This meant that we were able to do a few projects that we had been a little shy to attempt with larger groups. In this blog post, I wanted to review a few of the activities that we did and what we learned.

During our first meeting, we ALWAYS ask the girls what they want to learn and then we try our best to make sure we at least touch on each of those requested subjects. This year, the most popular request was for web development and game development.

Slack and GitHub – Over the years, we have figured out that the two pieces of software that all of the girls need to know how to use are Slack and GitHub. Slack is how we communicate and GitHub is how we share code.

Web Development with Replit and Glitch – One of the easiest ways to jump into simple web development is with online IDE tools like Replit and Glitch. We used both of these this year to learn about the basics of HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and Python.

Game Development with Unity – We set up our Unity Development environments and we all build our own versions of the Rolla-ball game together. This gave the girls some great experience with professional game developer tools and a physics engine!

Prep for a Hack-a-thon – Each year, we have a group of girls from the club that go to a local hack-a-thon together. Hack-a-thons are events that usually last between 8-48 hours in which groups of developers build a piece of software. Those projects are then judged at the end of the event. Often, prizes are given out for the best projects. This year, girls from our club helped form a team that competed in the Hack For the World Hackathon in Naperville. They won the Judge’s Choice Award – check out their project here!

Even though we were completely remote this year, we really had a fabulous group of girls and I think they really had a great time and learned a lot! See you next year!

Meeting Announcements & Notes, Uncategorized

March 13, 2020 – Meeting at 25N

This week we will have a mini code-challenge hack!

The Challenge: Build an on-demand analog clock in Codesters.

  • The application should ask the user “What time is it?”
  • The user should be able to type a time in standard 12 hour digital format. Example:  2:34 (am & pm is not necessary)
  • The UI should display an analog clock face with the time requested by the user
  • The application should be able to give feedback when the input is invalid
  • After the analog clock has been displayed, the user should be offered the option to enter another digital time

See you then!

Meeting Announcements & Notes

December 6, 2019 Meeting

We will be meeting in the St. Charles Public Library this week, to avoid the traffic and congestion that comes with the Geneva Christmas walk!

Agenda & notes:

Remember to RSVP on Slack!

See you there!

Meeting Announcements & Notes

November 15, 2019 Meeting

We will be meeting in the open space on the first floor of 25N.

Agenda & notes:

Remember to RSVP on Slack!

We gave away a whole lotta tacos last week! LOL

See you there!

Meeting Announcements & Notes

November 8, 2019 Meeting

We will be meeting in the open space on the first floor of 25N.

Agenda & notes:

  • Welcome for any new members
    • Let’s make sure everyone is signed up in Slack and Codesters
    • Any questions, comments, or ideas from our last meeting?

Remember, if you RSVP on Slack, you get a taco! LOL

See you there!

Meeting Announcements & Notes

October 25, 2019 Meeting

We will be meeting in the open space on the first floor of 25N.

Agenda & notes:

  • Welcome for any new memebers
    • Let’s make sure everyone is signed up in Slack and Codesters
    • Any questions, comments, or ideas from our last meeting?
  • Main Room: Codesters & Python
    • We will continue working through the challenges together – you can also work by yourself!
  • Yellow Room: Intro to Micro:bits
    • What can we do with these cool little things? 🙂

See you there!