PyCon 2017 Young Coders

Hey kids! ------------ Ever wonder what your mother or father is doing, typing away for long hours at the computer? What about how games are made? If you are **12 years old or over**, join us for a few hours on **Saturday May 20th** to explore how to program, and why your parents love Python so much. Why learn programming? ------------------------------- You don't necessarily have to become a professional programmer. Quite the contrary, programming is rewarding as a hobby or as a profession. Learning how to program also explores how computers work. Python is a very powerful language: it is used for writing computer programs, making websites & games, scientific & mathematic computing, among other things. Many companies use and develop with Python: Google, NASA, the CIA, Spotify, and <a href="/2017/sponsors/">many others</a>. What will you learn? -------------------------- This **free** tutorial will explore how to program using Python by making games. We will start with learning Python's simple data types, including numbers, letters and strings, and lists. We will also explore comparisons, if-statements, and loops. Finally, we will combined our new knowledge by using our skills in Minecraft. What do you need to attend this tutorial? --------------------------------------------------- Nothing. Yup. Okay well, you'll need smile on your face. We will provide monitors, keyboards, and Raspberry Pis with Python + Minecraft on it. Schedule ----------- This tutorial is one day on Saturday May 20th and it will have the following format: - 9:00 am - Welcome, Introductions - 9:15 am - Tutorial begins - 12:30 pm - Tutorial wrap up + Lunch (provided) - 1:30 pm - Open space for continued hacking - 4:00 pm - Wrap up Registration --------------- Adults: please use your name and email address when when registering a child for this event. It will also prompt you to enter the child's name and age. - **Cost**: **FREE** - **Ages**: 12 to 18 years old - **Where**: Room B118 - B119<br> Oregon Convention Center 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd Portland, OR 97232 []( **REGISTRATION WILL OPEN SOON** Questions? ------------- Email: Call for volunteers! ------------------------ If you are interested in helping out during the tutorial, please register as a teaching assistant by finding an available slot [here](, and filling it in with a contact email address. About the instructors --------------------------- **Matt Harrison** Matt Harrison has been using Python since 2000. He has taught 3rd graders how to program and 75 year olds how to program. He runs MetaSnake, a training and consulting shop for Python and Data Science. He was once attacked by an owl who thought he looked like dinner, but has since recovered.