[Chicago] Beginners Worskshop
lance at roytalman.com
Wed Sep 25 20:20:20 CEST 2013
That would be great...I haven't had a chance to read other responses but I am the Secretary of the Parent Teacher Student Org at Lane Tech and Lane is in the process of building it's Computer Sciences curriculum. While CPS can be difficult with events on their property (all public schools are on CPS property and CPS has the final permit say on facility use otherwise I am sure the principal would embrace this) I am pretty sure I can connect you with some of the teachers who might be willing to help, if not, Lane students are awesome and I am sure would love to participate.
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From: Chicago [mailto:chicago-bounces+lance=roytalman.com at python.org] On Behalf Of sheila miguez
Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 11:47 AM
To: The Chicago Python Users Group
Subject: Re: [Chicago] Beginners Worskshop
On Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 8:22 AM, Seth Eheart <seheart at gmail.com<mailto:seheart at gmail.com>> wrote:
I'm sure this isn't a new idea and I apologize if it has been previously discussed and or scheduled, but I thought hosting a beginners workshop would be great. I have some PHP friends and they host several small weekend camps throughout the year for people interested in PHP with little to no coding background. Thought we could do the same. Would be nice to expand it out to middle/high school students who might be interested in programming as well.
I have some contacts with UChicago, so we might get them to host it and then network with other Chicago circles to gain small level of sponsorship. Just thinking big here, but I believe there is a possible need.
I also know someone at UChicago who has helped run a beginner python workshop with me and she is interested in helping with another one. Would you be able to take on pragmattic tasks and organize things? The reason I have not scheduled another workshop is that I am unable to organize them at this time. I will mention this email to her.
If there is any interest, please let me know. Could be really good publicity for the group and a way to grow the base.
Did you see some earlier emails in the list from Asheesh?
Who will run the first project night?
Shall chipy have project night?
A project night is not a class or workshop but it is definitely still a way to introduce new people to python and chipy.
Basically someone could do the following to host. I wish it was me! But I can't do it right now. :( So please someone sign up! I could show up to sit at a table but I can't organize and run an event for now.
* Show up to the venue a little early, and make sure food and drinks work out fine.
* At the venue, organize the seating into smallish groups (3-10 people per table), and put a white 8.5x11 sheet of paper on that table with the words, written with a Sharpie, "Newcomers corner".
* Optionally, also put a label on other tables, so people can self-sort into things they're interested in doing. Perhaps this list: "Django", "Non-Django web", "GIS", "Civic Hacking"
* When the event begins, stand up at the front and say: "Welcome to Project Night! I'm NAME. Thanks for coming. The goal of the event is that people meet each other and/or work on projects related to Python that are interesting to them. The event is welcoming to newcomers, and so we've put some resources on the web and we have some people specially interested in helping newcomers. Can 5they stand up? Great, now all those people should be at the table labeled, 'Newcomers corner.' Same with the newcomers, if you want to be in a place where people want to help you. Thanks to our sponsors, SPONSORNAMEHERE, and thanks to HOSTNAME for providing space. Now, go forth and work on projects, or chat!"
* Be available for random questions about the event during the event.
* Optional: Take photos so that afterward, you can remember how amazingly great the event was.
* Optional: Roam around the room and ask people what they're working on, and if they're willing to give a ChiPy lightning talk about it. That's especially useful for people for whom this is their first ChiPy event.
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