[kwlug-announce] Meeting Monday: Scratch

Paul Nijjar paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca
Fri Oct 4 23:51:07 EDT 2013

This month's presentation is intended to be beginner-friendly.

Would you like to learn programming, but worry about starting from
scratch? Perhaps you know a young person who would like to program,
but whose typing skills are not yet up to scratch? Is the desire to
create easy, interactive animations an itch you would like to scratch?
Or perhaps you have been possessed by Old Scratch? If so (or
even if not) then you might be interested in this month's KWLUG
presentation. Raul Suarez will introduce us to Scratch, a graphical,
introductory programming language designed for children, but usable
by anybody. Scratch makes it easy to incorporate animations, graphics
and sound into projects. The language allows programmers to piece
together program flow constructs (if statements, loops...) by piecing
together graphical units. Raul will show us the programming
environment, and scratch beneath the surface to demonstrate some
interesting programs. He invites our younger KWLUG members (seven
years older and up) to attend, with appropriate adult supervision.

In other news, the planning bureaucracy at KWLUG world headquarters is
getting anxious, because they still have empty slots for meetings that
are quickly approaching. There are still presentation slots available
for November (a 40-minute half slot) and December (a full slot, or two
half slots). Do you have a topic you would like to share with the
KWLUG community? Would you like to help some faceless bureaucrats
sleep easier at night? Then get in touch and make a presentation

In other other news, the Computer Science Club at the University of
Waterloo is putting on a neat series of talks related to privacy and
computer security. The first one is scheduled for October 8, and is
entitled "Why Should You Care About Security and Privacy". For more
information, check out the CSC events listings:

This month's meeting will be held at the usual location: 

St John's Kitchen
97 Victoria Street North
(Corner of Victoria and Weber)

The meeting starts at 7pm. The doors open at 6:30pm or so, and setup
helpers are super-welcome. As with all KWLUG meetings, the attendance
is gratis and won't cost you any scratch. 

There is motorcar parking in the thrift store parking lot (on the
opposite side from the entrance), and safety bicycle parking along
the side of the building. There are maps and photos of the location
here: http://kwlug.org/node/709

- Paul

My Ignite Waterloo 12 video: http://youtu.be/vRfzDPKI9U0
Blog followup: http://pnijjar.freeshell.org/2013/ignite-followup/

Next Ignite is Oct 22: http://ignitewaterloo.ca

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