In our continuing look at the variety of programs we’re offering at AMRoC Fab Lab, on Wednesday June 12, we’re hosting a Community Coding showcase from 1pm to 4pm.  Guests will learn about coding in our youth robotics programs, app and web development tools and resources for youth and adults,  civic tech initiatives by Code for Tampa Bay Brigade,  and discover how you can learn to code through project based initiatives like ASCII Warriors, a program for those 16 and up, that kicks off their first meeting at AMRoC at 4:30pm Wednesday, for anyone interested in checking it out.

Both Code for Tampa Bay Brigade and ASCII Warriors meet at AMRoC Fab Lab and welcome new members.

ASCII Warriors

Meets at AMRoC 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month, starting June 12 – In a partnership between AMRoC and Sumo Software, this program is open to anyone high school aged or older who is interested in learning the basics of programming through a project-based program. Together we will choose projects from public hackathons and coding challenges to work on and will work on them as a group. The project selection will vary depending on the number of participants and their skill level.

Taking advantage of public challenges, either through hackathons or competitions, team members will be able to work on a project that has a distinct goal and benefit to others. In the past, we have worked with local libraries to provide an easy way for patrons to find books and events at their local branch. We will try to keep projects in this tight and limited scope.  Join us at 4:30pm June 13 for our first meeting to learn more and get involved.

Code for Tampa Bay Brigade

General meetings are 3rd Tuesday of each month at AMRoC – Code for Tampa Bay is an official Code for America Brigade in Tampa  working on projects with government and community partners to improve people’s lives. Code for Tampa Bay Brigade is part of an international network of people committed to using their voices and hands, in collaboration with local governments, to make their cities better. Code for Tampa Bay Brigade helps build participatory power in their cities by holding regular civic hack nights and events, advocating for open data, and deploying apps. Brigades celebrate and share their successes with the Brigade network to further the global civic innovation movement. The group will be sharing some of their work in resource mapping and other projects.

We’ll also have some other software and app projects to check out, and simple coding projects with LEGO Mindstorms for kids, the same system used in our FIRST LEGO League elementary and middle school programs.