Volunteer at the Kids Coding Camp!

Kids Coding Camp is a project to teach Government/Low income private school kids basics of internet, website designing and coding.
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Collab House and Camp Diaries are piloting a Coding Camp for Kids over 3 weekends.

GOAL:
50 students of different abilities would be selected for the pilot project in May and June. They should be able to learn the basics of website designing and coding by the end of 3 weekends.  Students will be able to design a basic website by the end of that last day.

GET INVOLVED!

Apply now to become a volunteer:  bit.ly/KidsCodingCamp2017

Deadline to apply: Sunday, 4th June 2017

Next Steps:
Applications Start         – May 7th
Telephonic Interviews – June 3rd onwards for shortlisted volunteers
Teacher Training           –  June 5th and 6th (Time and Venue to be confirmed later)

TIMELINE: Total 6 days of teaching + 2 days of training (Only Saturdays and Sundays)

STUDENTS TRAINING CAMP:
3 Weekends (~ 6 days, 4 hours per day)

WHO CAN APPLY?
We’re looking for ~ 20 passionate volunteers to pilot this project.

If you wish to teach kids computers and coding, this is a great opportunity.

Skills you must possess?

  • Basic knowledge of computers
  • Aptitude to learn coding
  • Willingness to change lives
  • Patience and love!
  • What else?
- A laptop or the ability to borrow one on the weekends.

VOLUNTEER TRAINING PROGRAM:

  • All the selected volunteers will be trained over a weekend for the content and on how to manage and teach kids.
  • Each person will have 3 to 4 kids at a time.
  • You will be going to the schools and teaching the kids out in the open with hotspot or dongle internet.
  • 3 weekends will be devoted to a set of kids and then results will be analyzed.

EXPECTED OUTCOME:

  • Increased coding aptitude in all the kids. (With some passionate about it)
  • Concentration and patience should be developed in the students through the whole course.
  • Impact of the “Culture of Achievement” and “Rigour” strand on the Student Vision Scale used by Teach for India.

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WHAT DO YOU GET:

  • An opportunity inspire and empower schools kids with no access to technology. Make them dream!
  • Opportunity to collaborate with and learn from leaders from Teach For India, Collab House and Camp Diaries.
  • Meet inspiring people and create impact this summer.
  • Get a Letter of Appreciation and enhance your resume!
  • And the satisfaction of teaching the kids 🙂

PARTNERS:
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Volunteer at the Kids Coding Camp!

Connected Devices at Collab House.

Collab House is one of the most prominent maker spaces in the city with the amazing crowd of makers and product developers. We have an engaging crowd from Colleges and Universities with passion for electronics and ideas around Internet of Things. Hence we piloted an Summer Internship for University students to work on Connected devices, the newly announced focus of Mozilla.

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The prototype building kicked-off with a 2 week design-sprint which has a fabulous output of ideas and process to jump start. As part of the sprint, the students were divided in to 4 teams, 2 in each team.

Interestingly we had the majority of girl students engaged in the program. The first phase, identification of the challenge and forming the best team to tackle that challenge has created more interest among the students, since this is the first time that they are looking at the grass root level of the challenge and think of a solution in a bottom to top approach. The problem statement is sketched in the form of a map, a flowchart of the problem statement, causes of the challenge and the ways to solve it.

We had a line of industry leaders who educated the group about developing a prototype. With the makers in house and also professionals from our connections were invited to project a bigger picture of product development and also about their industry experience to our Interns team. There was a talk on Design Thinking by Vineel, a line of sessions on 3D printing by Sandeep and also on product architecture by Priyanka.

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The interns are also encouraged to be part of the regular events of Hackster.io and iRaspberryPi at Collab House. Vivek Manoharan, research scholar from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore spoke about his work in Biomechanics & Ergonomics, Design Thinking and more with our interns to help them get started with their work.

After the sprint, talks, workshops, there was a bit of hacking on Arduino and RaspberryPi to have an idea on functionality, feasibility to check whether the idea is implementable using a particular platform.

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1 month of the program and we have a solid ideas on paper and the students committed themselves to work on the prototypes for the next couple of months.

The enthusiasm for the students is was amazing. This initiative has created a spark among the Mozillians of Mozilla Hyderabad, encouraging the to take part of this program and make stuff while hacking the existing ones.

Connected Devices at Collab House.

Interactive art | A Blend Aesthetics of and electronics

 

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Collaborations are going to help mankind in making better, interesting and sustainable future for the generations to come. To catch up with the pace with which the world is advancing, there is an essential need of collaborations between individuals, ideas, companies and nations. Collab House as it’s name indicates, is a place for collaborations and a hub for connected communities. We are one of the most active makerspaces in the country while making amazing stuff in collaboration with other communities.

On 15th of June 2016, as Collab House celebrated it’s second anniversary, our team planned to set up an interactive art installation which binds and blends Art, Architecture, Electronics and Technology together. To celebrate the 2 years of Making,  our team, Vineel, Harsha and Akshay along with Himanshu (Banana House ~Makerspace in Delhi), Prasan Dutt (Mooshic Labs, Electronics product developers) has setup the installation on interactive art and electronics, surprising the people present for the party.

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“A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist” –R. Buckminster Fuller

With the objective of pushing ourselves together to do more with the existing resources, we have committed to make an attractive and simple design which motivates makers and entertains others.

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The concept of the model is to make interesting sounds when there is a human interaction with the boxes, the interaction happening through water closes an electronics circuit while creating a unique sound with each box. The boxes are filled with water and simple touch on the surface of water closes the circuit making interesting sounds. The water acts as a slab of capacitance with the 2 capacitor plates being the bottom of the box and the person’s hand/palm/fingers.

The curiosity about design and technology has created an excitement for our communities to make things out of simple electronics yet sophisticated architecture and aesthetics. We are an ideologically elevated team challenged with the motto of building incredible things while focusing at the paining problems of the society. The concurrency in the alignment of our goals is the factor behind our amazing team to get things done, with out an excuse.

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Aesthetics, an open standard to be taken care of.

 

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Himashu at work, late in the night.

 

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The term ‘perfection’ is demoralising, hence we strive for ‘excellence’, since it is a motivating factor for every one of our community. There is no boundary for us when we try to excel, since we set new standards while making things. Perfection puts a cap on our standards, restricting us from breaking things and accepting failures.

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Prasan Dutt fabricating the LED circuitry.

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The soldering and stuff
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Some serious, circuit integration stuff.

 

We have considered many ways to make this happen, while only the final one happened, the obstacles, the circuit breakdown, the soldering not going through, the arduino break down, and the nearing of deadline, nothing could stop us form making this amazingly cool installation marking its elegance at the party. The curious crowd, asking us on how we did this, we could say, it is a team work. Presented by a team of connected communities.

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Interactive art | A Blend Aesthetics of and electronics

Freecode Camp 3rd Meetup.

FreeCodeCamp Hyderabad, a local developer community started not even a month ago, just had their 4th meet-up in the city at everyone’s favorite maker space, Collab House. The community is mentored by three passionate developers  – Kapil, Ramana and Arijit.

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For this meetup, Ramana, who works as a web developer, taught the members of the community the fundamentals of web layout. The session covered concepts like how the browser treats the structure of any webpage, and how by understanding its inner workings we can break down complex layouts into a simple binary question of – “Is it aligned vertically or horizontally?”

This discussion was not about teaching the syntax of HTML/CSS or JavaScript. It was to convey the abstract ideas built into the fabric of the web. To be a web developer, one needs to take these baby steps. A web developer, at the very least, needs to understand how their code interacts with the browser.

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The session started off with a simple idea conceptualised thousands of years ago, called Divide and Conquer. This idea is so primitive yet powerful, that we can lay the foundation with it. We may think of it as a basic strategy for solving any real/virtual world problem.
The crux of the idea is simple, to be able to solve a complex problem, you need to divide it into subproblems. Divide it to the point of absolute simplicity, where you can understand the process from the fundamental level and then conquer it.

To apply this simple concept to writing good code, one needs to ask a few questions -:

  • What are the inputs to my program?
  • What outputs are we expecting?   
  • What logic goes in between to take the given input and convert it to the expected output?

From here, we move to understanding the fundamentals of CSS layouts.

You might be wondering now that how  CSS can have inputs and outputs?

And that is a good question. Well, no need to worry! Input and Output in this context refers to our target design. The UI Mockup or Wireframe you have been provided in a Photoshop PSD file. Or a random site whose layout you are trying to copy (nothing to be ashamed of! Mimicry is the highest display of respect).

Ramana pointed out to some sample sites such as OMGUbuntu, Wikipedia and even the FCC random quote generator project. Our output was going to be the UI base layout of these sites. Basically, creating the containers which hosts the data and images displayed on these sites. We started by asking the same basic question, is our input (sample site) aligned vertically or horizontally? We restricted ourselves to two placement algorithms – display block and display flex.

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By default, display block aligns elements vertically (one on top of another) and display flex horizontally (right next to each other). By using these two algorithms, we start constructing our target layout from scratch. Ramana demonstrated the usage of uncommon background colors to get quick feedback on your design. If some placement of component within the layout was not as expected, the feedback was clear about where we went wrong. The background color highlights the component. After a two hour refresher on this layout, we moved on to using simple jQuery to display data in a table format. Here’s the best part – we didn’t use any table component! We carry forwarded our learning from layouts – that one can implement any layout reliably using only the first principles.

It was a simple table layout to display some info about a group of people. Any data table would have the desirable property to be able to sort in order when one clicks on a table column header. When you view your email in Outlook or Thunderbird, you probably sort your mails by subject or sender or date. We implemented that with jQuery. The rendering logic and sorting logic to achieve this again followed the first principle – divide the main problem to a set of simpler subproblems that can be individually solved, and composed together to get a complete, end-to-end solution.

The session ended with a deeper dive into all things flexbox. CSS tricks has a nice article on all things flexbox can do to align your content in different directions, add proper space within the components, stretch or shrink them etc.

“Informative and comprehensible approach towards layout in large. Ramana made sure that we learn new ways(read: flex) to structure elements on the page. Overall I feel these sessions should continue along with pair programming to increase the participant’s competency in the language.” – Rahul Nayak | FCC Hyd Member

Freecode Camp 3rd Meetup.

FreeCodeCamp Hyderabad.

Collab House is a place for connected communities and we have another cool community added to our hub. On 11th of May 2016, Collab House has hosted the first meetup of FreeCodeCamp-Hyderabad. A regional chapter of the global open-source programming learners community is going to host a meet-up on every weekend to teach and learn coding and programming to fellow community members.

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FreeCodeCamp is an open source community that helps people to learn to code. People can work through their self-paced coding challenges, build projects, and earn certifications. It connects with other learners in the city through meet-ups and gets you started with programming. Hundreds of people have gotten software engineering jobs after completing the coding challenges at FreeCodeCamps

FreeCodeCamp is not a direct coding bootcamp but a lot of coding bootcamps use Free Code Camp as part of their curriculum, though. The curriculum, nonprofit projects, and verified certifications are all free. They offer four free verified certifications: front end development, back end development, data visualisation, and full stack development.

Once the members finish the first three certifications, they’ll get to build a series of solutions for nonprofits. You’ll work in pairs, under the supervision of a volunteer project manager and a stakeholder from the nonprofit.

The community has done nearly a million dollars worth of pro-bono coding for nonprofits so far. You can pledge a monthly donation to a nonprofit of your choosing while you learn. It takes about 2,080 hours to earn all four of our certifications. This translates into one year of full-time coding. We’re completely self-paced though, so take as long as you need.

Many high school, college, and adult ed programs incorporate Free Code Camp into their coursework. FreeCodeCamp is an open source initiative, so no licenses or special permission from the team is necessary. They even building special tools for teachers.

Quincy started the FreeCodeCamp open source community in 2014. He is now just one of many active contributors. Quincy set up a company in California called Free Code Camp, Inc. to support the Free Code Camp community. It pays for servers and other expenses. It also sponsors Quincy, Berkeley, and Michael, who oversee infrastructure and nonprofit projects.

That was an amazing start to FreeCodeCamp at Hyderabad with the tech savvies attending the meet-up with utmost passion and eagerness to learn.

FreeCodeCamp Hyderabad.

CoderDojo steps in Hyderabad.

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led,  community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment, a social space where people can go to explore technology together and get advice and support from skilled mentors. In Dojos young people get the opportunity to make apps, websites, games, play with robotics and more. In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.

“CoderDojo is about encouraging creativity and having fun in a relaxed, social environment.”

Within the CoderDojo Movement there is a focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning,  with an emphasis on showing how coding is a force for change in the world. The global CoderDojo community is supported by the CoderDojo Foundation. The CoderDojo Foundation consists of a core team based primarily in Dublin, Ireland. Founded by the co-founder of the very first CoderDojo James Whelton, the Foundation is focused on supporting new and existing Dojos through resource and community development while also scaling CoderDojo through partnerships and creating awareness globally.

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The chapter of Codedojo in the city starts at Collab House. As people know Collab House as the hub of activities for open tech communities, we’ve double quoted our mission once again  by embracing one of the most prominent programming community globally, ‘CoderDojo’. The alignment of ideology between Coderdojo and Collab House is the most essential reason for starting this initiative. On our goal of creating the global hub of connected communities, now we have another member in our team.

The chapter or a regional community of Coderdojo is called a ‘Dojo’, there are more than 1000 Dojos world wide, spanning across 63 countries. Named as ‘Hyderabad@CollabHouse’, Coderdojo-Hyderabad would be having an event every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Young people from various backgrounds would be invited to learn about programming, electronics and robotics.

 

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On 1st of June 2016, Collab House hosted the first event of CoderDojo-Hyderabad. With the well planned agenda and strategic time frame, the event was super exciting for all the attendees. We’ve had a session on design thinking for prototyping an electronics project and then jumped off with building prototypes using Arduino. The session on Arduino programming was the most energetic with every student beaming with the entusiam to learn stuff and build cool projects.

Harsha is the organiser of this dojo and we have many exciting things under pipeline for the coming events of Coderdojo-Hyderabad.

CoderDojo steps in Hyderabad.

Teach for India, Fellow meet-up.

Collab House lies as the ‘go-to’ place in the city for Open communities and Connected Communities. We host a number of events and meet-ups of organisations of diverse as well as cross-platformed domains in order to build a global node for connected communities. We have closely worked with and supported many social, not-for-profit, Open-source, Educational organisations in order to create positive impact on the society and also to encourage many like minded individuals to  join their hands together and come up with initiatives to make this world, a better place than yesterday.

This is yet another day of activity at Collab House with team of ‘Teach For India’ here in the hall.

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Teach For India, a project of Teach To Lead, is a nationwide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professionals who will commit two-years to teach full-time in under resourced schools and who will become lifelong leaders working from within various sectors towards the pursuit of equity in education.

The event organised at Collab House was for the selected candidates of 2016 Fellowship at Teach For India – Hyderabad. This event is to give certain insights to the selected interns about the qualities that a teacher must possess while teaching children. Teach for India currently operates in 43 schools across Hyderabad impacting more than 4000 children. This Collaboration of ‘Teach for India’ with Collab House is a long way to go and here we would support the organisation by becoming a venue partner for their future events.

 

Teach For India, supports the selected Fellows in the best possible way so that they are equipped with the right Knowledge, Skills and Mindsets that is essential in the 2 years of the fellowship. The event was aimed at helping them prepare for the 5 week residential training program that happens at Pune where this like-minded, talented and wonderful group of people are set up for success as excellent teachers in classrooms.

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Teach for India, Fellow meet-up.