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Coding 101: A 4-week Introduction to Programming Series – Week 1

April 11 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Coding 101

Are you intimidated by your computer? Does the very mention of coding send you into cardiac arrest? Well let Kelli and Neil Rotstan take the panic out of programming! Join Kelli and Neil, the computer wizards behind VolunteerMethow.org, for a fun, informative and practical 4 week series exploring the world of computer programming.

Neil and Kelli Rotstan moved to the Methow Valley full-time in 2007. They studied computer science at Loyola Marymount University, where they first met, and have been developing software professionally for the nearly two decades since. In their spare time, they enjoy working on Volunteer Methow and other community endeavors. Neil and Kelli both feel feel very lucky to be able to raise their 4 year-old daughter, Emilia, here in this amazing community and look forward to sharing their passion with others who have an interest in learning to code.

The series will consist of a 2-hour class Wednesday evenings and an optional 1-hour Lab on Saturdays. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Scholarships available on a case by case basis. Email Sarah outreach@twispworks.org to inquire about scholarship opportunities.

Included in the cost for this series
– Your very own Raspberry Pi computer, monitor, keyboard and mouse
– All required electronics components
– Intro to Programming Book

Week 1: Intro to Programming
– Build our first program
– Enhance the program as we explore input, output, variables, and loops
– Put those concepts together to make a “guess the number” game.
Week 1 Lab: Write a card game, Acey Deucey
Week 2: Programming Electronics
– Write a program to control a LED light
– Enhance our program to translate english words into morse code (using the LED), exploring data structures.
Week 2 Lab: Build a “dance light” that changes color with the music and beat.
Week 3: Intro to APIs (connecting with the outside world)
– Create a desktop device that glows a different color based on real-world data of their choice (stock market up or down, grooming report, weather, northern lights, position of international space station, etc).
Week 3 Lab: Build an Alexa app that lets us ask Alexa if a local business (like Fork!) is currently open based on their Facebook hours.
Week 4: Culminating Project
– Write a program that can read from a temperature sensor and display the results on screen
– Enhance our temperature sensor program to send us a text message when the temp hits a certain level
– Build a standalone, battery-powered device that can be put under a cupboard and sends a text message if temp gets too low (keep pipes from freezing)
Week 4 Lab: Additional time and hands-on help to finish device

This amazing class is open to ages 14+ all that’s required is a basic knowledge of computers (surfing the web, editing a document) and a willingness to play around and explore. No wizardry required, we promise!


April 11
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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TwispWorks – Building 9 – Bernard Hosey Founders Building
502 S. Glover Street
Twisp, WA 98856 United States


Methow Skills
(509) 997-3300