Thursday Hardware Event w/ Best Buy!

Love to play video games? We do too – but we love to watch software and hardware work together to power our favorite games even more! This Thursday, 11/14, join us for an evening of hardware relays, tech trivia, and video game tourneys during our open house, in partnership with Best Buy. Kids will leave with a better understanding of how software works to power hardware, resulting in fully functional computers, video game consoles and more. Fill out the form below to let us know you’re coming! Where: Codecraft Works HQ2428 Irwin StreetMelbourne, FL 32901When: Thursday, Nov. 14th5 – 7 […]

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Looking to get into Machine Learning? Meet AWS DeepRacer!

This weekend, we’re hosting an AWS DeepRacer Workshop (for free!) at our Melbourne HQ. But before then, we figured we’d clue you in on just what DeepRacer is in the first place, and why we think it’s so cool.  So, what is it? DeepRacer was created by Amazon Web Services, a division of Amazon that offers cloud computing and application programming interfaces (APIs) for individual developers, companies, and everyone in between. It’s a 1/18th scale autonomous race car, with a built in HD camera, an Intel Atom processor, and WiFi connection. Basically, it’s a mini monster truck with a high-tech […]

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2017 Year in Review, 2018 Look Ahead

The Early Days – A Quick History Codecraft Works, LLC was founded by myself, Shannon, and Josh Landin in 2011 as a web application design and development consulting company. At the time, we enjoyed designing technical solutions for a variety of business problems and working with entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits. When I recognized a “screen time” problem in my own home, I approached a good friend, Laurie Giniewski, about partnering up and working on a solution. In July of 2013, Laurie and I started the nonprofit Codecraft Lab, now know as Codecraft Foundation, to support critical, high-tech mentoring services for […]

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2017 – 2018 SECME

  Why participate in this competition? ​  To prepare for the future that is already here, we’re going to need more programmers! Robot ice cream makers? Burger chefs? Video game developers? Business owners? We all know that cars are becoming automated and if you can name a job with a repetitive task, it’s likely there’s an algorithm doing that job today too. A 2015 Gallup poll sponsored by Google found that 9 out of 10 parents want schools to teach computer science – so our children grow up not just using technology but learning how to create it. In fact […]

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LAN Parties

The Codecraft Foundation announces support for a new FREE community event! Monthly LAN Parties designed to foster and support a healthy and growing in-person tech community for students starts with FUN. An alternating monthly event schedule will offer students in middle school, high school, and college their own opportunity to get together with their peers and, well, play to WIN?! All competition aside, both casual & serious players are welcome! Anyone can partake in competitive tournaments conducted throughout the LAN Party on their favorite game. Pizza and soda will be provided at no cost. However, participants must bring their own devices including controllers, […]

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CCPC Award Highlights

A big CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of the 100+ fantastic students who elected to submit their work to the 2nd Annual Codecraft Computer Programming Competition (CCPC), as well as their dedicated school club teachers and Codecraft instructors!  Well done! Many fantastic projects developed though learning, practice, time and dedication over months were submitted and judged. The competition was hosted by Codecraft Foundation in concert with amazing event sponsors including ALTR, Certified General Contractor, Indian River Networking, Black Hole Makers, enki Creations, and Accent Technology. Judging was done by folks without any contact, or information other than age ranges, with the students […]

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Codecraft Works Grand Opening & Programming Competition Awards Ceremony

Codecraft Works Grand Opening & Programming Competition Awards Ceremony – Awards! Prizes! Tours! Free! Codecraft Works is having a big celebration. On April 28th at 5 pm, we will host the 2nd annual Codecraft Computer Programming Competition (CCPC) Awards Ceremony. This will also be the Grand Opening of the new Codecraft Works headquarters in Melbourne, FL! Join us for the Codecraft Works Grand Opening and CCPC Awards Ceremony on April 28 starting at 5pm. The student projects are amazing and we know you’ll be virtually blown away by all we have to announce, demo, and share! This is an active […]

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Technology is just a tool

March 7, 2017 “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” Bill Gates, Microsoft Greetings, Earthlings! Welcome to this week’s Codecraft update. Please enjoy reading what we’ve been up to this past week and send us your comments, suggestions, or tech tips for inclusion in next weeks update! This weekly newsletter started just for our Codecraft Works family, but we feel its info valuable to a wider audience of customers, clients, and friends. So, welcome! If you have any student highlights, cool events, inspiring quotes, tech […]

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2016’s 365 in Review

by Shannon Landin Impacting the computer science education and future opportunities for 150+ students, their teachers, and their families weekly made January 2016 a very good start to the 3rd year of  Codecraft Lab’s mission-driven technology lab for students in Florida! Now in January 2017, before leaping ahead in the new year, reflecting on the successes and obstacles provides joy and insight. Codecraft Lab’s first high school US CyberPatriot teams qualified to participate in our state round competition! It was a new and exciting time for us, taking a deep dive into the world of cyber security education and competition. Oh, yeah!!  […]

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Competitiveness and Coding: New Second Language

by Shannon Landin Codecraft Lab Co-founder & CEO We’ve all heard about ESL classes but what about CSL? CSL refers to Coding as a Second Language and Google is promoting this new educational discipline specifically as a way to diversify the tech industry. Google has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to roll out CSL in New York, Los Angeles and Miami to introduce children to coding and then steer them to further instruction. The goal is to ultimately land internships and possibly full-time jobs at Fortune 500 companies, according to Engadget, which posted a 50-second video about the program […]

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