On Saturday, July 29th hundreds gathered at Rock Valley College PEC building to participate in the 2017 Rock River-Off Season Robotic Competition, hosted by R2OC. R2OC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit partnership of Rock River Valley US First Robotics Teams. Our goal is to provide an off-season event where FIRST Robotics teams can participate in a competition, show off their 'bots to the community, and meet others who share their robotics enthusiasm.
The CIS division hosted a table and was able to showcase "RVC Hour of Code", "Learn Coding with Robots", "DESTIR", and discuss the training Rock Valley College courses provides future programmers. Attendees raced Ozobots, remote controlled DESTIR the robot and played iPad games created by RVC CIS280 mobile app development students!
The CIS division wants to thank R2OC for inviting us to the event and we can't wait until next year!
Visit the R2OC website:http://r2oc.org/
On July 15th, 2017 over a dozen folks will learn how to build a computer and control Minecraft with Python code. The computer shell has a built HD monitor and system board that allows components such as the Raspberry Pi, Speakers and a hat compatible card to snap onto a magnetic rail.
What Will Attendees Take Home?Attendees will take home the computer they built, along with any software they created on it. In addition, a certificate of completion will be given to each attendee.
Attendees Will Learn to:
Software & Hardware Skills Development
The cold weather kept most away from tonight's "Hour of Code". However, a cold dreary night didn't stop a Mom and daughter from learning how to code! Jenelle and Aria coded with Elsa and did an awesome job!
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Make sure and RSVP for next month! We will be learning drag and drop coding with MineCraft! Click here to RSVP!
Girls Make Awesome Programmers! Watch Video
On Thursday, March 30th over 60 future programmers visited the Collaborate & Code tables at Barnes & Noble inside Cherryvale Mall. Seven RVC students were present to teach future programmers about line coding and blocky coding with the robot named OzoBot (see photos below). In addition, DESTIR roamed the aisles of Barnes and Noble stirring up some interesting conversations about the future of robotics and the role programmers will have in writing code to control those robots.
Thanks to all RVC CIS students who volunteered for this event! Barnes & Noble has already invited us back for the fall Mini Maker Faire! - Prof Konkol
We had a sold out group again for yesterday's "Learn Coding with Robots" workshop. Over 35 people showed up for two hours to learn how to code using Ozobot, the one cubic inch robot. For the line code activity attendees paired up into groups of 2-3 and had fun learning how to draw code for the Ozobot to follow. We ended the workshop using OzoBlockly which allows attendees to create a series of commands the send to the Ozobot by begin placed on the Computer Monitor and receiving the commands via light nodes.
Next "Learn Coding with Robots" is on Saturday, April 29th from 10am-Noon
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Rock Valley College CIS (Computers & Information Systems) is partnering up with Barnes & Noble CherryVale Mall for a "Collaborate & Code" to celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset.
Join the fun on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in CherryVale Mall, 7200 Harrison Ave, Rockford, IL 61112.
If you’re a tech enthusiast, crafter, educator, tinkerer, hobbyist, engineer, science club member, author, artist, student, entrepreneur, or maker of any kind—join the Barnes & Noble "Collaborate & Code"! Learn from each other, hear from the experts, and work on projects.
Chuck Konkol, Rock Valley College CIS (Computers & Information Systems) Faculty, will lead sessions in coding with robots, the minute of code, and telepresence with "DESTIR the Robot"! Featuring: LittleBits, Lego, Magformers, Ozobots, DESTIR, KUBI, and more!
Event is free and open to the public.
For more information on "Collaborate & Code" 2017 please contact Chuck Konkol at (815) 921-3164 or email@example.com.
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ROCKFORD - Statistics show a million coding jobs will be unfilled by the year 2020 and only 400,000 students will have graduated in computer science by then. Rock Valley College is trying to change that.
"The whole process they will learn today, in the matter of two hours, is how to actually program a robot to perform automatic functions," said Rock Valley College President, Douglas Jensen.
Community leaders brought young learners to a new course on computer programing this Saturday at Rock Valley College called 'Learning Coding With Robots'. The course allows students, with the help of a tiny robot called an 'Ozobot', learn how to use code to make the robot change color and move in different directions. Rock Valley College computer science professor and teacher of the course, Charles Konkol, believes anybody can learn how to do it.
"The age range we've had since December, we've had one each month, at 'Learning Coding With Robots', has been from six years old to 86 years old is the age range we've had," Konkol said. "So literally anyone can learn, if they can follow instructions for an hour you're good," he added.
President Jensen believes that the course allows the learning of several different subjects to be enjoyable.
"The secret behind this is that actually you are teaching them science, engineering, (and) mathematics skills," Jensen said. "So yes, they're going to have fun, but there going to learn how to code, they're going to learn how to write code," he added.
"I believe this morning is to get the community aware that coding is important. STEM and STEAM both are important in our K-12 curriculum," Konkol said. Konkol believes that coding is the future, and that parents should consider it as an option for their children's education.
"Coding I think is something parents, maybe up to this point hasn't been a selection for them possibly," he said. "It should be a selection, so I'm hoping to get that awareness out to folks as well," he added.
The next 'Learning Coding With Robots' course will be on March 25th. Seats are still open and people can register for the course at http://www.myrvc.org/
News Source http://www.mystateline.com/news/rock-valley-college-course-aims-to-make-computer-coding-fun/659826021
20+ Rockford region citizens showed up on February 1st at the RVC downtown location for the second "Hour of Code" workshop for the spring 2017 semester.
What is the "Hour of Code"
The "Hour of Code" demystifies computer science and has been offered as a FREE monthly workshop at Rock Valley College by Professor Chuck Konkol since December 2015. For the Spring 2017 semester the "Hour of Code" takes places the first Wednesday of the month form 5-6pm at the RVC Downtown location. Since December 2015 360 people have taken the hour of code challenge.
Click here to RSVP for the next FREE "Hour of Code" event offered the first Wednesday of the month from 5-6pm at the RVC Downtown location (Dates: 3/1, 4/5, and 5/3)
Questions? email Professor Chuck Konkol at firstname.lastname@example.org
Play Games created during workshop (click links below to play)