Category Archives: Coding

Primoguard Texture – Innovation in Textured Coating Technology

Nanokote Pty Ltd specialises in the engineering, manufacturing and sales of specific nano coating materials for glass, metals, plastics, concrete and textiles. Nanokote was set established in 2005 as a marketing and distribution company within Micronisers Pty Ltd but has since expanded into being a manufacturer in its own right and is quickly developing a reputation as one of the very few nanotechnology companies successfully commercialising products on a global scale.

“Our globally patented coatings are all manufactured in Dandenong, Melbourne Australia and Dallas, Texas USA,” informed Simon King, Nanokote’s Technical Director and CEO. “We also have distribution partners in the US, EU, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Nanokote products with hydrophobic coatings for glass and oleophobic functions are available for many surfaces, including glass, metal, wood, plastic, mineral undercoats, textiles and leather and ensure surfaces maintain their clear and clean appearance longer and allow superior glass visibility and presentation of other surfaces. The enhanced surfaces can also be effortlessly cleaned with less and more environmentally friendly cleaning products.

“Our latest innovation from our Melbourne plant is PrimoGuard Texture, a new concrete coating that can be applied using all traditional methods: roller,” said Simon. “We’ve been working with government road, rail, power and water authorities globally for eight years supplying our standard PrimoGuard Flat which was primarily developed for application on highly stressed concrete surfaces for prevention of concrete cancer. PrimoGuard= is an organometallic coating, that is, it has both organic and inorganic components. Compared with traditional coatings that are inherently organic, such as polyurethane, acrylic, or styrene acrylic, our hybrid coatings have some exceptional properties.”

hydrophobic coatings for glass

PrimoGuard Texture is a modified polysiloxane hybrid for the decorative protection of concrete. PrimoGuard provides excellent protection from concrete cancer combined with permanent anti-graffiti and easy to clean/self-cleaning functionalities. It has outstanding resistance to corrosion, better weatherability than aliphatic polyurethanes and acrylic paint technology and is available in a range of profiles and colours. Normally only requiring one and no more than two coats, PrimoGuard can be applied directly to dry or damp concrete. This replaces typical competitor systems of a standard four coat system, primer, two separate coats of roll on acrylic 24 hours apart, followed seven days later by two pack polyurethane anti-graffiti top coat.

“Typical competitor systems cannot offer a warranty on textured surfaces due to the topography of the surface,” added Simon. “ProGuard™ has a ten year warranty and is approved by the German, Swiss, Australian and US Governments. It’s certified for VicRoads Sec.685 and WA Main Roads for anti-graffiti. It also meets all Green Star rating requirements with a low VOC content of 63g/litre.”

PrimoGuard Texture is suitable for a wide variety of civil and community projects including hospitals, sports stadiums, shopping centres, apartment buildings, aquatic centres and car parks. It is being applied to the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital currently under construction on the QEII Medical Centre site in Nedlands and due to open to the public in late 2016.

Nanokotes R&D staff in Dandenong have been working hard to expand their coating range and a single coat for mild steel, meaning no priming is necessary, will be released early in 2016.

“Our manufacturing plant in Dallas, Texas USA opened earlier in 2015 after a successful tunnel project in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado,” continued Simon. “Our coatings fill a gap in the market, having the flexibility to apply a single coat to concrete, damp or dry, in a wide range of weather conditions, from temperatures as low as 2°C and 95% high humidity is a real advantage and one that our customers are welcoming with open arms.”

Meet Ben

Our amazing team of computer science professionals and educators work together to make Launch the quality school that it is. Ben is one of our many talented curriculum writers who, together with our instructors, work to develop a curriculum that makes learning to code engaging and fun for kids. As a former bobcat and native Austinite, he completed his undergraduate studies in computer science with a minor in applied mathematics at Texas State University and also has an associates in Game Development from Austin Community College.

“Working at Launch kids coding camp austin gives me an opportunity to show students what I wanted to learn at their age, and how to have fun doing it.”

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Having started programming at 12-years-old, he has been coding for 15 years now! He says that working at launch gives him the opportunity to teach computer science in a fun modern way.

Our curriculum stays up to date and adapts to the new technology growing around us everyday. Our team has created a computer science foundation that will help your child become the future leaders of tomorrow. Come try out our curriculum at at a camp this summer at Launch Code After School.

A Quick Intro to HTML

What is HTML?

HTML or hypertext markup language, is one of the many coding languages that we teach to our kids here at Launch After School. HTML is a markup language which is used to create content and documents for the internet, or the “World Wide Web”. HTML was one of the first languages used to render web pages in the early days of the 1990s web, Invented by Tim Berners-Lee, who used HTML to create electronic documents to be displayed online. Today HTML is used by many people since the internet has expanded to be what it is today.. At Launch After School we teaching kids to code between the ages of 8-14 how to write in HTML and also how to apply it in everyday life.

Who Uses HTML?

HTML is used by web developers to create websites on the internet. These websites which are created using HTML are then uploaded onto the internet where different web browsers such as Safari, Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox and Google Chrome can display them by reading their HTML code.

Examples of HTML:

  • Launchafterschool.com
  • USA.gov
  • UTexas.edu
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kids summer coding camp

HTML Tools

While many experienced HTML coders only need a notepad to write or edit their code, there are a few tools out there that can help a beginner get started. The main tool that a software developer uses is called an IDE, or Integrated Development Environment. This is the place where code is written, checked for errors, and tested. Some examples of these software programs are;

Atom– A free IDE software that allows you to hack and customize your coding experience. There is an endless number of add-ons and packages you can download to enhance and customize your coding experience. It even fully integrates with Github! It’s even possible to write and release your own tweaks and tools for the Atom experience.

Eclipse– An IDE widely used by professional software developers that is most well known for developers that write in Java or C / C++, but it can be customized for use with a wide range of languages. They also have a cloud IDE where you can code, save, and access from any device.

Online IDEs– There are several IDEs that allow you to write and test code on a website, including the IDE that Launch After School has built into their platform. All your code is saved online and tested on that website. SOme other examples include codepen.io for front end languages such as HTML, CSS< and JavaScript. Repl.it allows you to develop, test, and deploy on a wide range of programming languages

Microsoft Web Expressions – This is a program available through Microsoft which allows you to view live changes on your HTML website template as you are editing it.

Adobe Dreamweaver – Adobe Dreamweaver is similar to Microsoft in that it allows you to edit HTML websites. Some people prefer this since Adobe also offers Photoshop which is often times used as well to create graphics and logos for websites.

Languages That Compliment HTML

There are many languages that can be used together to create a beautiful website. The websites that are listed below do not only use HTML but also other kids coding languages to make the HTML work and flow better. If you want to start learning HTML to make websites then here are some other languages you can also look into.

  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • CSS

When you learn different languages that compliment each other, you are able to create complex websites which can accomplish many tasks. HTML is just one of the many cool coding languages we teach here at Launch After School.

HTML Coding Future Outlook

HTML is a language that is expected to stay around for many years. Any front-end web technology will interact with HTML, the language of browsers, to create the tools that you use online. As technology continues to grow at a rapid rate, more developers are needed every day. Learning HTML is the first exciting step in being able to create the web technologies that most of us interact with and rely on every day.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 the median pay for web developers was $67,990 per year, which is well above the national income average. It is clear that by starting your kids off with coding at an early age, you are setting them up for success in the future. Even if your student doesn’t want to become a developer, having the knowledge to create and code the technology of the future will put your kid ahead in being a leader and innovator for the next generation.

Learn HTML in Austin Texas

If you feel your child will benefit from learning HTML then email us or call us today. Launch After School aims to educate children on coding and prepare them for the future. We have weekly after school programs available as well as kids summer coding camp.

How to Use MIT App Inventor

Launch Curriculum Update: MIT App Inventor

We are excited to introduce MIT App Inventor to the curriculum at Launch Code After School! With this new curriculum your child will learn how to build and develop fully functional Android apps that can be published on the app store. Having such skill can help your child build a foundation for confidence in today’s technologically advanced world! Your child will learn programming skills as well as the fundamentals of data and security that lay the foundation for acquiring advanced, full stack developer skills.

Once approved, you will be able to execute a franchise agreement package with all the documents necessary for you to complete and return to us. After we receive your completed documents and your initial franchise fee, you will be awarded a Code Galaxy Kids Coding Franchise. Training follows. Your future begins.

From design to testing, our students will learn the basics of mobile app building and then some! Just to list a few, your kids will learn how to

  • Create their own functioning app with interactive features to use on an Android phone.
  • Create interactive games, and learn about databases and data security
  • Make a pet-sitter app, with several interactive screens and elements that keep score and track your progress.
  • Create an app that can read and write data to a real database!
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Aside from development, the new curriculum teaches students to be aware of the role that data plays in their lives, and how to keep important data and information safe. They will learn about databases and security, while gaining experience using data management skills that real app developers use! With emphasis in cyber safety and security, we discuss how to prevent hacking attacks by explaining the reasons for protections such as password requirements, two-factor authentication and encryption. By the end of the program, our students will not only be able to create their own app, but will also be able to protect their creations and themselves.

MIT App Inventor lessons are available now for current weekly students, with a 2019 coding summer camp focusing on the subject available for booking today!

Join the Hour of Code at Launch

Today kicks off Computer Science Education Week! Held every December in honor of the computer science pioneer Admiral Grace Hopper, this global grassroots movement is designed to raise awareness and encourage computer science education.

Join us for an invite only day of fun and learning at our company headquarters in Austin, TX.  You will meet key executives at Code Galaxy and get an inside glimpse of our education program, marketing and business systems. You will be given a hands-on tour of a Code Galaxy Coding With Kids Franchise and meet with a Code Galaxy Center director.  

Every Computer Science Education Week, Code.org organizes the Hour of Code™ to get kids around the world coding for at least 1 hour during the week, a mission close to our hearts at Launch. To make the most of the week and take advantage of the Hour of Code™ movement, we’ve collected compiled you need to know in one place!

1. Use free resources to spend an hour learning to code with your child

kids coding languages
kids coding languages

The Hour of Code™ is a great way for a child to dip their toes into coding. Browse Code.org’s free coding activities here to choose one to work through with your child.

Want to get more involved with your child education? Some schools need volunteers to help with activities! Check the map of schools who have registered to participate with at least an hour of kids coding languages to see if your child’s school is represented.

2. Host your own Hour

Lots of resources are available for educators, but if you didn’t see your child’s school listed, consider volunteering to help organize an hour of coding at the school, or at your local church or community organization. Here is a guide on how to get started as a parent. It’s as easy as coding in HTML! (After your hour of coding of course.)

3. Launch offers free hour-long classes for first-time coders

In the Austin area? Come by Launch this week to take advantage of our free coding sessions! Our teachers are geared up for the Hour of Code with Chromebooks, unique coding programs and intimate instruction for each student. Being built on the “flipped” classroom model that HOC is designed for, Launch allows students to progress at their own pace, with experienced teachers available to help at every step.