Killorglin Coderdojo

Killorglin’s Coderdojo will run weekly from Saturday 2nd March between 10:30 and 13:00 and will be held in Killorglin’s Family Resource Centre.

Due to an expected large interest registration is required. For further details check out our Facebook page “Coder Dojo Killorglin” or the Coderdojo website http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/246

Coderdojo is a global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology. Coderdojo comprises of a global network of clubs that teach young people in areas specializing in computer programming and computer technology.

There are now clubs in 22 countries, teaching 10,000 children to write computer code and programs each week. Youth learn from one another about computer languages and tools.

Bill Liao and James Whelton founded CoderDojo in 2011 as a not-for-profit organisation that teaches kids how to code. It aims to teach kids creative problem-solving skills and practical creative skills and was launched in Ireland in mid 2011. The first Dojo took place on Saturday July 23, 2011 in the National Software Centre (NSC), Mahon, Cork in Ireland.

Alongside teaching kids, they 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 typical dojo meets once a weekend. The young age of some of these precocious ‘coding monkeys’, as they are sometimes sarcastically known, is evident by the disclaimer that those under 13 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the dojo meet.

While due to the sky-rocketing popularity of many dojos, places often have to be booked in advance of each session.

In Ireland, where it all started, the ‘movement’ has created quite a stir in the local and national news media, with many pundits hopeful that this blossoming generation of bright young computer geniuses will overtake the current skills-deficient one and lead Ireland’s way, once more, back into the heart of the hi-tech, high-knowledge, digital economy.

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