#GivingTuesday

GivingTuesday

“We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.”
You can give your gift to the Computer Clubhouse of Tacoma by clicking the paypal link on the Clubhouse Website. After you make your donation, post on your social network sites and let your family and friends know WHY you chose to give, and don’t forget to tag your post with #GivingTuesday!

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Build Tacoma! Family Build Night and Teen Summit Send Off Celebration

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Join the Computer Clubhouse of Tacoma for a LED Build Night, as we celebrate Jade and Alliyah’s trip to the Computer Clubhouse Network Teen Summit! Come learn how to create circuits with LED lights, and create your favorite Tacoma building, house, or neighborhood!
No experience with LED lights and circuits? No problem! Clubhouse members, staff, and volunteers will be on hand to help!

What to bring: Cardboard, glue, paper, plastic bottles, and anything you want to use to create your building. LED lights and batteries will be provided, thanks to Instructables!

**FREE and open to ALL AGES**

Jade and Alliyah are amazing Clubhouse leaders, and we want to send them off to Boston motivated to make a difference. 

More information about Teen Summit

Tacoma, July 9, 2014 – 2 youth leaders from the Computer Clubhouse of Tacoma are heading to Boston, Massachusetts, in July to join nearly 200 other young people for the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network’s 2014 Teen Summit. Youth from 18 countries including India, Jordan, Israel, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, and the United States will be in Boston from July 29th-August 3rd to explore using technology to make positive change and stand up for youth rights in issues such as education, environment, freedom & safety, health, and speech & expression.
These youth ambassadors, Jade Hicks and Alliyah Peoples, were chosen for their outstanding peer leadership and efforts to give back to their community. Jade and Alliyah, both juniors at Stadium High School, began attending the Computer Clubhouse when they were in middle school. After the sudden passing of former director, Dr. Luversa Sullivan, both girls stopped attending. Within the past year, both girls have returned, and thrived as peer mentors. Jade can usually be found in the music studio recording music or the Make It! Lab teaching LEGO robotics. Alliyah is always coming up with ideas of how to put her new found love of coding to use whether it’s creating a Seahawks animation in Scratch, or creating a 3D game in Alice.

2nd Annual Dr. Luversa Sullivan Legacy Gala

Allen Renaissance’s Computer Clubhouse of Tacoma invites you to participate in our second annual spring celebration, the Dr. Lurversa Sullivan Legacy Gala. On May 24th, Clubhouse youth will showcase their technology-based projects in honor of the late Dr. Luversa Sullivan, founder and long time director of the Tacoma Clubhouse. The gala will include a showcase of students’ work, a silent auction, and dinner.

By purchasing a ticket, you will be a part of our effort to provide a creative and safe out-of-school learning environment where young people work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop new skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. The proceeds from the Dr. Luversa Sullivan Legacy Gala will benefit the Clubhouse programs, operations, and scholarships for graduating seniors.

We thank you in advance for your gift and look forward to your presence and support of Allen Renaissance’s Computer Clubhouse of Tacoma’s spring celebration, the Dr. Lurversa Sullivan Legacy Gala.

Tickets can be purchased online, or in person.
For more information email info@allenrenaissance.org

Girls’ Day: Scratch + Makey Makey Game Making

After getting to know our new volunteers from the University of Washington – Tacoma Women in Computing Science group, we got into groups and began creating.
Each group was instructed to create a game using a person, place, and thing that they drew. (Each person contributed a person, place, and thing to the pile). Each group was also instructed to use their Makey Makey board to control their game. They were provided with Scratch cards, aluminum foil, printer paper, pipe cleaners, markers, pencils, cardboard boxes, glue, scissors, paper clips, clip boards, and copper wire.

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Group One:
Group one drew Casey (a friend), home, and a rocket ship.
The object of their game was to throw a rock at the alien 5 times so that Casey could return home. Comments from the creators: If we had more time, we would’ve programmed it so that if the alien touches Casey she lose points, and if she touches an alien 5 times she loses the game.
http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/18285895/

Group Two:
Group two drew a Jayann (a friend),  heart, and the Tacoma Glass Museum.
The object of this game is to have Jayann, the tiger, collect the hearts. Once the tiger collects a certain amount of points she goes to another level.  This group started on their Makey Makey controls, but ran out of time.
http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/18285717/

Group Three:
Group three drew Bow Wow, the mall, and paper.
The object of their game is to collect money each time Bow Wow appears in the mall. (Similar to where’s Waldo). Once you score more than 200 points, you win.
http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/18285756/

 

Reflections from the Girls:
During their presentations each group talked about the overall experience, and what they would change/add if they had more time, a few girls came back on Monday and made adjustments to their games.
All of the girls were surprised at what they were capable of creating, and all admitted that programming wasn’t as bad as they imagine.
One girl expressed that she wishes she had more time, and supplies to create her game controller.

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