Silicon Valley Code Camp

On October 11-12, 2014, Silicon Valley Code Camp (SVCC) took place at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA. Code Camp is a community event where developers learn from fellow developers. Within the span of the 2 day event, there was a variety of talented speakers and workshops hosted. This year at SVCC, there was a new addition to the schedule; Silicon Valley Code Camp Kids. Prior to this new addition, SVCC had targeted mainly adults, or the older crowd. SVCC Kids was planned and created by Arun Gupta. Designed for children 5 to 18 years old, SVCC Kids was a one-day event within SVCC hosted on Sunday, October 12. The mission of SVCC Kids is to bring together the best and brightest of Silicon Valley tech community and the kids, the next generation best and brightest. Overall, the new addition, SVCC Kids, was a success. There was a wide variety of workshops presented for kids on various topics ranging from Minecraft Modding to Arduino. I was incredibly lucky to be given the opportunity to present a workshop myself thanks to Arun Gupta. On October 12, I presented one of my first workshops for my Gold Award project, Inspiring Our Youth: A Journey Through Science, Technology, & Computer Science. I presented a workshop called “Circuit Art” that  followed the concepts of Squishy Circuits. With around 40 kids that attended my workshop on the warm, sunny Sunday afternoon at the beautiful Foothill College, the workshop was a huge success. Kids enjoyed learning about the basics of circuits and electricity, making their special conductive and insulating dough, and experimenting with the dough to build various circuits.

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