Maine Kids Code is an after school program dedicated to expanding access to computer science and technology in the greater Portland area. We focus on creating interactive stories, making games, and on the intersection of technology, art, and music.
Our curriculum includes an advanced course for kids who are experienced and familiar with tech & programming, and a beginner course for those who are just starting out.
Maine Kids Code is a program of Mechanics' Hall located on Congress St. in Portland, Maine.
Design and Code Your Own Game. Harness your creativity and become a game designer! Using Scratch, a free creative coding platform from MIT, learn basic concepts of programming while building simple yet ridiculously fun computer games. Use your art skills to create backgrounds, characters, and the other sprites that comprise a game. Then, using the visual blocks language, you'll learn to build game mechanics like jumping, moving platforms, and special abilities. You'll be able to:
Design backgrounds, sprites, and 2D game levels
Add movement, action, and score-keeping
Practice collaborative coding
Test and debug your code
Playtest and iterate on your level designs to create better gaming experiences.
This class is for students who are new to coding or would like to expand their abilities with Scratch. Previous programming experience is not required.
Game Design and Programming
Harness your creativity and become a game designer!
Design 2D game levels
Create, import, and manipulate sprites and 2D objects
Playtest and iterate on your level designs to create the perfect gaming experience
This class is for students who are looking for a fun challenge. Previous programming experience is not required, but it is helpful.
Sign-ups are live! Go to the MECA Continuing Studies Website to get your spot. Full scholarships will be available to all with need, just ask. Classes are limited to 10 students each.
Both the into and advanced courses are presented by and take place at Mechanics' Hall, in the second floor classroom.
519 Congress St.
Portland, ME 04101
We are looking for middle school kids who are curious about technology, interested in learning how computers work, fascinated by computer games and robots and looking for a place to pursue that interest with other like minded kids.
We're always welcoming talented educators and professionals to join our team! If you're interested in lending a helping hand to our cause, get in touch using the contact form. We're seeking people to help raise money, teach in the classroom, or just contribute your ideas during our curriculum planning sessions!
This program introduces kids to creative technologies, computer programming, and collaborative problem solving. It is important to us to make sure that all necessary material and hardware are available to all students regardless of background. A huge Thank You to our sponsors: Big Room Studios, Arkatechture, Tyler Technologies, the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation, and the Maine Community Foundation!
If you or your company are interested in helping us our mission, please reach out using our contact form at the bottom of the page.