FAQs

We care about answering any questions you have about our physical computing workshops.  If you can not the find the answer to a question you have, please email us, or call 410-736-9222.

What is ‘physical computing’?

Physical computing is simply the hands-on creation of software (coding) and hardware (making), which allows digital devices to sense, respond and communicate with the analog (human) world.  Terms like ‘making’, ‘coding’, ‘building’ all relate to the manner in which humans design, architect, test and create digital ‘Internet of Things’ devices.  Affordable, low cost electronics, like the Raspberry Pi and Arduino boards, as well as companies like Adafruit are providing cutting products for kids to simulate and engineer innovative IT solutions.

Our Foundation workshop is where your kids are introduced to how computers work and how to manipulate or control the computer.  The Development workshop introduces intermediate making and coding skills.

How many students are enrolled in a workshop?

We limit the number of kids to 10-12 for our workshops.  During project work, there is an instructor and an associate to work with the kids through the various project sections and steps.

Does the kit contain everything my child needs for the workshops?

Yes, we pre-test and pre-qualify all hardware and peripherals for your child’s computing experience.  At the completion of each workshop, your child can leave with their kit.  Your child is responsible for bringing their kit back to the next workshop.

Can I pay per workshop?

Each series of Foundation and Development workshops build upon prior curriculum, so we request that you pay for the course as a whole.

If your child is attending one of our introductory courses, you may pay by the course.  Workshops courses tend to last about 3-4 hours, while our introductory courses last a maximum 1.5-2 hours.

How is project making supervised?

Our projects are well vetted and researched by our leadership.  We always make sure your child is following closely along during each step of the project.  Our teachers and instructors have taught and are comfortable instructing children on how to safely use software and hardware.

What type of coding will my kids learn?

CodeTween projects involve hardware AND software.  You kids will be introduced to beginner and some intermediate coding concepts.  The coding language is Python.  Your kids will also learn HTML markup and CSS scripting as they develop their WordPress site.  With every new concept your child experiences while ‘writing code’, their universe of understanding machine operation will advance.

How long does each workshop last?

Typically, 3.5 – 4 hours.  Our workshops are designed for both learning and hands-on fun.  The time will fly.  Your child is provided with the CodeTween Maker Playbook during the first workshop session.

How do I reach someone during a workshop if I have to pickup my child a bit early or for an emergency?

Text or call our cell phones: 410-736-9222 or 410-707-6783.

What else does CodeTween offer?

If you child is interested and has completed Foundation and Development, we offer a very engaging robotics workshop, where additional hardware and peripherals are added into the project mix.  Our The CodeTween Robotics course takes kids to the next level by mixing skill-sets in programming, hardware building and testing to create a functioning and controllable robot or drone.
CodeTween is serious about physical computing! Your child will learn in a lab style environment with IT enthusiasts.

Welcome to our inaugural year of introducing CodeTween Workshops.  We are enthusiastic technologists and we carefully guide your child into understanding how pieces of hardware and software work together to create complex projects.  We take the time to explain, and work one on one with each child as the various tasks are completed and projects are created.  

The physical maker movement is a fantastic new creative process methodology, which encourages young minds to get hands on ‘under the hood’ with digital objects.  Playing apps or using a word processor is just a slice of what computing really is.  Learning how to program a script to control a robot is a fascinating endeavor which builds confidence, understanding and a new perspective on how to interact with technology.  

We’re very happy to have you visit our site, and if you have questions, please contact us or call 410-736-9222.