Our popular Coders Club for middle schoolers returns with monthly events. Registration fee for in-person events includes pizza dinner. Scholarships available! Call 919-293-1133 or email classes@kramden.org.

September: Coding Music – Now Virtual!  
Make music with code using the Python coding language and Earsketch
Grades 6-8
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Free
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October: Arduino  
Make electronics react to code you write using Arduino
Grades 6-8
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
$10 (scholarships available)
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Build a PC Mini-Camp   

Learn how to build a computer from scratch, including: choosing parts, installing parts into the case, adding a graphics card, and troubleshooting. Watch and ask questions as the instructor builds and modifies a gaming PC.
Saturdays, October 23 & 30, 10:00 am – 4 pm
Grades 6-12
$150 (scholarships available)
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In-Person Computer Classes for Beginners

Our in-person classes are back! Space is very limited so sign up below or call 919-293-1133. Classes are held at our new office in Durham (5010 NC Hwy 55).

COVID Safety Policies: To keep our students of all ages safe, masks are required for all in-person classes, regardless of vaccination status. Space is limited to maintain safe social distance. Computers and other equipment are cleaned between uses.

About the classes: Our FREE beginner classes will help you learn about computers and Microsoft Windows, word processing and other office programs, the Internet, and social media. Our classes focus on practical skills that will help you use a computer at home, school, or work.

For adults age 18+ with little or no computer experience.

Free computer! If you attend all four classes, you will receive a free refurbished desktop computer system.

Mondays, Oct. 25 – Nov. 15
4 – 6 PM

Mondays, Sept. 20 – Oct. 11
4 – 6 PM

Free Online Computer Training & Certification

Kramden offers Northstar computer skills courses and assessments. These courses are designed to help you learn computer skills or refresh your existing skills.

Get Certified! Earn resume-ready certificates on key skills with free online testing.

Upcoming Workshops

Kramden offers in-person and online workshops to keep you and your family active and learning.

Google Docs & Sharing   

Get an overview of the basic features and functions of Google Docs, Google’s free online word processing app. We’ll cover its basic abilities as well as what makes it different, like sharing, collaborative editing, and revision tracking. Participants will have the opportunity to earn the Northstar Google Docs certificate at a separate assessment session.
Ages 18+
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Free
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Advanced Image Editing: Bending Reality  

Alter the real world in your images or create your own reality! Dive into the powerful, free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). We’ll use GIMP’s tools to “doctor” images to your liking. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility!
Ages 12+
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
$10 (scholarships available)
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Canva Basics – Free Design App   

Get started using Canva, a free online graphic design program! Canva’s simple interface and gorgeous templates make it easy to create polished designs for your personal or professional use. Create a poster, learning to use templates, add and edit text, add backgrounds, and use icons and shapes to create eye-catching, effective designs.
Ages 10+
Wednesday, Oct. 6, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Free
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Vintage Computer Teardown & History   

Join us for this live teardown of a large vintage PC, complete with floppy drive. We’ll go into detail on the parts inside and compare them to the parts in modern computers. You’ll be able to ask questions about the vintage parts and computer history. We’ll also talk about responsible recycling of old computer equipment (e-waste) and how Kramden does its part.
Ages 12+
Saturday, October 16, 1 pm – 3 pm
Free
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Advanced Image Editing: Masking and Collage  

Create amazing, fun digital images using advanced techniques! Dive even deeper into the powerful, free GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). In this next-level workshop we’ll dig into advanced layer techniques and masking, altering and combining images to create a collage.
Ages 12+
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
$10 (scholarships available)
Register

Our digital literacy and technology training program inspires success by teaching critical computer and Internet skills.

Scholarships

Many Kramden classes are free. Need-based scholarships are available for other camps & classes. Apply for a scholarship here.

Volunteer

Volunteer as an assistant instructor or even lead a class. Email us to find out how you can help.