Holyoke Codes

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holyoke-codes-2104IMAGINE, CODE & SHARE

Code is everywhere.  Come learn to create your own code with Holyoke Codes, part of the national Computer Science Education Week during December 8-13th, 2014.

We are offering free workshops for kids ages 5-99 at the Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center in Holyoke.  We will have computers and food. Just bring yourself and an adult.


MONDAY // 4:30 – 6:00
HOUR OF CODE; Join millions of people around the world to build your own code.

TUESDAY // 4:30 – 6:00  Ages 5-7
SCRATCHJR; Coding for young kids to make their own stories and games with characters that move, jump, dance, and sing.

WEDNESDAY // 4:30 – 6:00
ARTBOTICS; Combine art and computer science to create robots that move and interact.

THURSDAY // 4:30 – 6:00
SCRATCH; Program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

FRIDAY // 4:30 – 6:00 Family Night
HOUR OF CODE; Join millions of people around the world to build your
own code.

SATURDAY // 10:30 – 12:30 Girls Only
MADE WITH CODE; A Google coding party for girls. Code is in everything from your favorite music to your dream career. Cool tech giveaways. Limited to 30 girls, ages 12 -17. Parents must be present at Saturday registration/drop-off.

SATURDAY // 12:30 – 2:30
SHARE YOUR CODE; Come have lunch, share what you created with the group, and be inspired by other people’s creations.


Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center
100 Bigelow Street, Holyoke, MA 01040

If you register, you will be sure to get a t-shirt!

See the flier, find us on Facebook, or email Sarah Dunton.

Looking forward to seeing you there

Maker Community Gathering

I’ve heard that there will be a gathering of maker folk in Amherst the weekend of January 17th.  A presentation about maker culture will be followed by an introduction to the open-source microcontroller platform Arduino.  On Saturday, participants will build a structured project and Sunday is planned to be more open-ended exploration.  They are offering registered participants a free Arduino!


More details are available here.  It’s a join project put together by the UMass Biology Computer Resource CenterAmherst Media, and Pioneer Valley Open Science.  Hope to see you there!

Hack for Western Mass


Tonight is the kick off event for Hack for Western Mass. This weekend, web and software developers, designers, community organizers, and other folks from all over Western Mass will gather to tackle local challenges with technology.

Hack for Western Mass is one of 96 events happening nationwide as part of the National Day of Civic Hacking. The National Day of Civic Hacking is an event during which citizens from around the country will work together with local, state and federal governments as well as private sector organizations with the common goal of improving their community. Hack for Western Mass is also licensed under Random Hacks of Kindness.

Listen to Becky Sweger from National Priorities Project, another organizer, describe the event in an interview with Monte on 93.9.

Should you come help out?


I’ve been involved in organizing this event for the past six weeks. It’s been a great experience, and it promises to be an amazing event. We’ve collected a great array of challenges to help local organizations. For example:

  • Mapping Safety Net Service Needs: create a map for Community Action in Greenfield that compares the location of people receiving safety net services with Census demographic data that shows where the services are most needed.
  • Benefits of Banking Locally: Compare our deposits in local banks and credit unions vs national banks and create a visual way to show how banking locally benefits area residents and businesses. Lots of people know the benefits of eating locally and shopping locally, but many don’t know why banking locally makes so much sense.
  • Mapping Wells and Water Quality: Massachusetts doesn’t track the location of private wells, a problem that can lead to water contamination. A database of private wells can help planning, reduce costs, and estimate water quality.
  • Seed Swap Database: Develop an online seed library to share information about locally available seeds, strengthen food sovereignty, self-reliance, local resiliency and adaptability of crops, and empower community building.

We’ve found some great local sponsors to help feed people as they work through the weekend. If you haven’t registered to come yet, there are still a couple spots available. Sign up now!