Videogame Development and Software Coding for Children of Homeless Families

Event date 24 Jul 14:00 - 20 Oct 18:00
Event location Centre d'Hébergement d'Urgence pour sans-abris • Corner of Allée des Fortifications and Route des Lacs à Passy, Paris, 75016, France
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Naomi teaching vulnerable children on our Summer 2016 camp
Naomi teaching vulnerable children on our Summer 2016 camp

Awesome young instructor Naomi Bonilla Hoshikawa starts our work with vulnerable children of homeless families in Paris to explore, discover and develop skills in the wonderful world of storytelling, creation of videogames and software development.

Association Aurore hosts the workshop at the Centre d'Hébergement d'Urgence (CHU) pour sans-abris on Paris 16th arrondisement.

Custom-created lessons adapted for children and youth ages 8 to 14 follow a hands-on approach based on magical inspiration and practical activities under guided supervision on computer tablets made available for each participant during and after the workshop.

Each participant is assigned a tablet, which remains at their disposal for continued use beyond the workshop.

Tablets, backpacks and supplies... In addition, participating children receive a backpack with learning supplies. Both the tablets and the stocked backpacks were fundraised by Naomi herself.

We will be using Scratch, Scratch Jr., PocketCode, Lightbot, Code-a-Pillar, SpriteBox, Draw your Game, and other software with a combination of our own custom activities and examples with others freely available online.

From Monday to Friday, there will be two 1hr 45min. sessions, each with two 45 min. blocks with a 15 min. break between them:

  • Session 1: 2pm - 3:45pm, with a 15min break at 2:45pm.
  • Session 2: 4pm - 5:45pm, with a 15min break at 4:45pm.

At the end of each week, a joint group of instructors and advisors will assess the experience and progress and adjust content and strategy for the next week.

For details on the program, visit:

Kids learning to create games on our Summer 2015 Camp
Kids learning to create games on our Summer 2015 Camp

Participation Opportunities

We welcome volunteers (both French and non-French speaking) to join us in one or more of the following activities, or in any way they feel they can add value:

  • Joining the actual sessions to assist the kids.
    • (one or both sessions, one or more afternoons from Monday to Friday).
  • Assist and mentor the kids during or after the workshop, in person or remotely.
  • Monitor the impact of the workshop and the evolution of children.
    • (meetings early every night from Monday to Friday)
  • Review, expand, enhance and adapt the curriculum and lesson plans.
  • Providing guest cameo short talks that can inspire children, help them understand specific social issues or professions better and motivate them, ie:
    • A short talk on being a storyteller, author, artist.
    • A short presentation on learning to code.
    • A short talk on social entrepreneurship.
    • A short talk on creativity and the fun of creating, etc.

Contact us, or leave a comment below if you would like to participate or collaborate.

Additional, full resolution images of the workshop available here:

Comments (1)

Jennifer (not verified)

A great project with good vibes !
I can not wait to see the rendering with the children :)

Beautiful initiative


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