Coding for Kids Workshop Day

kid coding

CascadiaJS and Microsoft are co-hosting a Coding for Kids workshop at the Microsoft Reactor in South Lake Union. This event is inspired by a cool experience that a local 2nd grader had learning to code and collecting dev stickers this past summer. The goal of this event is to introduce area kids to coding in a welcoming and fun environment. We will have a bunch of different workshops targeted at different age groups, so there should be something for everybody. Here are some important details:

DateSaturday, Nov 17
AgesK - 12
CostFREE, with a suggested donation of $5 going to the Tech Access Foundation.
LocationMicrosoft Reactor Seattle, 320 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Food & DrinksCoffee and Lunch will be provided, courtesy of Microsoft Reactor.
What to BringPLEASE bring a laptop for each child. We will have some on-site loaners, but they will be in limited supply.



9:00amDoors Open & Coffee
9:30amKick-off Event
10:00amTessel Photo-TweeterMaking Art in the Browser
1:30pmTessel Photo-Tweeter (cont.)Build a Game with Roblox
4:00pmWrap-up & Raffle
4:30pmDoors Close

We are in the process of finalizing the list of workshops, but here are a few examples of what we're going to offer.


Tessel Photo-Tweeter

Tessel tweet

Description: Build a portable photo-bot that takes pictures and posts them to Twitter! Start by making your own social-media-happy robot, then build from there: Can you @-tweet to it to ask it for a photo? What if you could make it take a picture by clapping? What if it did something right before taking the picture that made the photo subjects react? What if it took a picture every 4 seconds, like a time lapse? Extra hardware/sensors will be around, and so will mentors. What will you build?

Age range: Recommended for middle school and up. No prior experience with software or hardware required. But for the pros, this workshop is designed to let you set your own challenge!

Making Art in the Browser


Description: Using code to make cool stuff: A fun introduction! P5.js is a JavaScript library used by artists and designers to make art, visual designs, animations and more. In this workshop you will learn to program interactive shapes and patterns, right in the browser! Make your own experimental creations that you can share with your friends online.

Age range: Recommended for middle school and up. No prior experience with software required.

Required Equipment: A laptop that can connect to Wi-Fi.

Build a Game with Roblox


Description: Roblox is ushering in the next generation of entertainment, allowing people to imagine, create, and play together in immersive, user-generated 3D worlds. Learn to create and code your own games using the free tools made available by Roblox. This is a perfect course for first time game developers.

In this session you’ll learn how to make an obby, short for obstacle course. In this game genre, players have to jump from one place to another while avoiding obstacles to get to the end of a level.

Age range: 10-12

Required Equipment: Fully charged laptop running Windows or Mac OS, Roblox Studio and a Roblox user account (all free)

More Workshops Coming Soon!

We are going to add a few more workshops for younger kids, so please stay tuned! Feel free to RSVP for a Parent Ticket and that way we can email you when there are updates. Thanks!

Event Sponsor

microsoft reactor

Raffle Sponsor

microsoft azure

Loaner Laptop Sponsor

Microsoft Surface

Sticker Sponsors