I was quite excited to hear about a new project aimed at getting children involved in coding at an early stage.
I think it’s a great initiative, and will enable kids as young as 9 years old to get a flair of all the lingo related to code, apps, and make it part of their daily lives..( things really have moved on from the orange letters on a black screen background 🙂 )
CoderDojo is a not-for-profit organisation founded by James Whelton and Bill Liao that teaches kids how to code. It aims to teach kids creative problem solving skills and practical creative skills. It fulfills a void left by the Irish education system. Alongside teaching kids we also hope to provide an outlet for kids who know how to code to meet other kids with similar interests and work on projects in an environment with their peers around them, similar to how a co-working space works but less formal.
A bit of history
CoderDojo was first started in James Whelton’s school in early 2011 when James received some publicity after hacking the iPod Nano and some younger students expressed an interest in learning how to code. He setup a , computer club in his school where he started teaching basic HTML and CSS. Later that year he met Bill Liao, a entrepreneur and philanthropist, who was interested in growing the project into something bigger than just an after-school computer club. In June 2011 the first CoderDojo was launched in the National Software Centre in Cork where CoderDojo saw extreme success. The Cork Dojo saw people travelling from Dublin frequently to attend sessions. Owing to this popularity a Dublin Dojo was launched soon after in Google’s Montevetro building. The increasing success lead to 2 more Dojos being setup in Limerick and Kerry.
I hope some of you will be able to attend, what a great inititiave!!