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Welcome to the Computer Club

The purpose of this club is to create a social network for kids and their parents in the Placer County / Sierra Nevada Foothills area who have an interest in computers, programming, technology and science.

We will be managed through a collective collaboration between parents and kids who will govern the structure, the topics and activities as well as the medium and locations by and through which the group is facilitated.

We will have a private social network that is moderated by parents so that the group members can have a safe place to communicate on-line.

We will meet monthly at various locations to discuss topics of interest from the kids.

All are welcome to join. Our group does not discriminate. Our only expectation is that all members be respectful to each other so that all may benefit from the group's intent.  Please see our code of conduct for our specific rules about conduct.

What we Teach

Electronics

Our primary curriculum for electronics is the curriculum from www.podpi.com.  This curriculum teaches basic discrete and digital electronics and programming in JavaScript on the Arduino microcontroller.

Programming

We use two primary curricula for programming:

For our younger kids, we use Google's CS-First program which leverages great video tutorials combined with MIT's Scratch programming environment.

For our older kids, we use GREAT curriculum from HackClub.com which was created to help facilitate creating programming clubs in highschool.  Kids will learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Robotics

We are still developing our robotics curriculum, but it will be based primarily on the Arduino microcontroller using JavaScript and the Johnny-Five robotics library.

Other related topics

We showed our kids what is inside a computer, how to install and backup a computer operating system, built an animatronic skull-bot, built a typing robot and many more!

Our Founders

Cayce Beames

Cayce has been working in technology for over 25 years.  From IT Systems Administration to Network Engineering and Internet Security, Risk Management and Compliance Auditing, Cayce has consulted with many Global corporations and traveled extensively.

Roland Shield

Roland has been a working as a GIS professional for over 15 years, both in the public and private sector, focusing on land resource management, utility asset management, risk analysis, and customer support.

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