March 17, 2017 – Advanced Mobile

We will meet in the boardroom in 25 N at 5:45 pm on March 17th, 2017.

We will be continuing with MIT App Inventor 2. If you don’t already have an account – go ahead and make one!

If you have an Android phone or tablet (even old ones), please bring them to class. App Inventor will not work with iOS devices – although we will talk about them!

We will continue working on our Wardrobe app! Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 10, 2017 Meeting – Cybersecurity and Mobile Madness with a Purpose

We will meet in the Board Room at 25N at 5:45 pm on March 10, 2017

Special Guest Speaker on Cybersecurity: Tom Wallace of Jellyvision has graciously volunteered to speak to us about Cybersecurity. Please be at the meeting promptly by 5:45 for what will surely be an interesting talk on a topic that is so essential not only to coders and anyone in the tech industries but to all of us who use these cyber devices every day.

Mobile Madness Project: Continue our special Mobile project, developing Iteration One which we started at the last meeting. We will be referring to this document, so you may wish to print it out:  App Inventor Project Iteration One. We will discuss what makes sense to tackle in the next Iteration.

App Inventor – Project Iteration One

In the last couple of meetings our group has come up with an idea for a new app, done some story-boarding, and walked through design and requirements for Iteration 1. We got started with some of the coding for that Iteration at our last meeting but didn’t have time to fully implement and test it. To get us all “on the same page” here is one solution that provides a working model that we can use. We have replaced the image component with a Canvas component and added the database. This document details how to build it:

App Inventor – Project Iteration 1

Credits/Recommendation:

The excellent free online course Mobile Computing with App Inventor – CS Principles presented by Trinity College in Hartford Connecticut and taught by Professor Ralph Morelli via edX is phenomenal  at teaching both App Inventor and Computer Science Principles. I learned about storing photos in a list and a database from doing the Slide Show App of Week 2 of the Course. I highly recommend this course!

Meet Julie Pak, CEO of RazorX2

FVGCC wants to thank Julie Pak for an amazing web chat on Friday, February 24.  Ms. Pak shared her experiences in business and computer science that led to her starting her own company, RazorX2, while still in her 20’s.  Here are some of the highlights of her background and our web chat discussion.  Ms. Pak received a Business degree from  University of Illinois and a Masters degree in Computer Science from University of Chicago. Ms. Pak’s career has spanned investment banking, working for the Department of Defense, and now running her own successful business that finds effective and efficient solutions for federal government projects.

While speaking with FVGCC, Ms. Pak shared activities that would be great for girls looking to explore computer science:

  • Hack-a-thons:  Participate in one!  You can be a novice or a seasoned programmer – just join in.
  • Internships – look for paid or unpaid opportunities in a career that appeals to you.
  • Start a blog or a website.  Just find something that interests you and start a project now!
  • Get an account on GitHub and start creating.
  • Use free online resources to always be learning:  Code Academy, Code.org, etc.
  • Find a programming language that speaks to you and learn that one first.
  • Read!  Some potential books to start with:  The Confidence Code by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett, or Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg.

Ms. Pak also shared great advice on supporting other girls who have similar interests in technology.  She reminded our FVGCC girls that it is great to look ahead at your future and to look up for your mentors, but to also remember to look back to help other girls who are looking to you as an example.  During the web chat, she also let the girls know that it is important to know that you have earned the opportunities you get and your “seat at the table”.  Don’t discount your abilities even if you are the only girl at the table.  Her final message was to support each other.  This is a sisterhood.  So, learn all you can, support others, create what interests you and solves a problem, and BE KIND!

Thanks Ms. Pak for your great insight and inspiration!

www.razorx2.com

Special Guest Speaker on February 24th

At our February 24th meeting, our guest speaker via a Web chat will be Julie Pak President and CEO of RazorX2.  From Julie’s Bio on her company’s Web site:  “Ms. Pak earned her Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, and along with a business degree from the Univ of IL at Urbana-Champaign, made RazorX2 a reality. Before moving to Northern VA, she was an investment banker for a large financial bank and taught Computer Science at the college level. Her professional experiences and alternative point of view, as a female executive and minority, provide a diverse perspective to a very special company.”

February 17, 2017 – MOBILE MADNESS!

We will meet in the boardroom in 25 N at 5:45 pm on Feb 17th, 2017.

February is Mobile Month at the Fox Valley Girls Coding Club! We will be continuing with MIT App Inventor 2. If you don’t already have an account – go ahead and make one!

If you have an Android phone or tablet (even old ones), please bring them to class. App Inventor will not work with iOS devices – although we will talk about them!

Agenda:

See you there!

Feb 3, 2017 Meeting – It’s MOBILE Month!

In February, we will begin a month working with mobile apps and MIT App Inventor 2.

If you have an Android phone or tablet (even old ones), please bring them to class. App Inventor will not work with iOS devices – although we will talk about them lots!

Agenda:

 

Welcome Huntley GEMS Girls!!!

We are happy to welcome the 7th and 8th grade girls from Huntley High School’s First Annual GEMS  (Girls in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science) Event to visit our Web site. We know you will be inspired by all of the activities and interactions the event offers and hope some of you may even want to be part of a girls coding club yourselves.

I am honored to have the opportunity to present at the event as a representative of our Fox Valley Girls Coding Club and of the Illinois Technology  Foundation. Seeing the high level of interest among you girls to learn more about the technical fields is so inspiring!

Our hands-on session at the GEMS event includes an introduction to Scratch, a graphical programming language, the same one we use here at Fox Valley Girls Coding Club to get started with coding. Here are notes from the session for anyone who would like them: HHSGEMS2017 Intro to Coding

January 27, 2017 Meeting

Tonight we will be meeting at 25N.

6pm: 30-45 minute Skype chat with Sarah Sexton, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft.

6:45 – 7:45pm: Bring in the hardware! As we wrap up gaming, let’s take a look at how Raspberry Pi and Arduino are changing the way we play games.