• Canopy City (map)
  • 14 Tyler Street
  • Somerville, MA, 02143
  • United States

WHAT: This event aims to be recurring (monthly or perhaps even weekly) where small groups of kids ranging in age from 5-14 can get together (for 0.5 to 4 hours depending on their attention span) to do Pair Programming (described below) to learn and teach their programming language of choice, from Scratch Jr. to Python, Java, or whatever other language they choose. Parents are welcome to come alone to evaluate the event before bringing their child to a future meetup if desired. 

WHEN TO ARRIVE: Please plan to arrive at 4:55pm. As an old US Navy officer who emphasizes punctuality, I plan to begin a 5-minute presentation promptly at 5:00pm to allow the kids to make the most of the 2 hours that we'll have the room. I encourage parents and kids to introduce themselves to each other informally in pairs after my 5-minute presentation to maximize Pair Programming time for all. That said however, we nonetheless welcome you to show up even if you're unavoidably late due to traffic or whatever. (I'm not THAT strict! ;) 

SECURITY: Please introduce yourself to my son Eric when you enter Conference Room 2 and he'll keep track of who showed from the RSVP list.

ROOM: Conference Room 2.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes. Kids should be between 5 and 14 years of age.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Walk, Bike, Trikke, MBTA Bus, or drive.

What can I bring into the event?

• Laptop computer with power supply (with MIT Scratch or other programming environment installed)

• iPad (with PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. app installed)

• Android Tablet (with PBS KIDS Scratch Jr. app installed)

• Canopy City WiFi SSID: any wifi starting with the word "Canopy". Password to be released on site.

Is there a waitlist for this event?

Unfortunately not in Meetup.com. The Meetup.com platform does not support waitlists for events with fees. See this post in the discussion forum for details and for a workaround with an alternative waitlist.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

• Through Meetup Private Messaging,

• Mobile number for Open Whisper SystemsSignal app or cleartext SMS (text) messages: 716-800-0818,

• Or email inquiries@risole.org.