Initiative to Help Young People Understand Computer Code

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Community website launches CoderDojo

Initiative to help young people understand computer code

Voluntary Community Website – Kilmovee Info in conjunction with Kilmovee Community Housing Ltd & Kilmovee Community Centre are pleased to announce the launch of Kilmovee CoderDojo.

To have the ability to offer a FREE learning program within our community as part of a global movement is truly putting Kilmovee a small parish in Mayo on a global map.

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. At a Dojo, young people, between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code attendees meet likeminded people and can be introduced to all possibilities of technology.

The global CoderDojo community is supported by the CoderDojo Foundation. The CoderDojo Foundation consists of a core team based primarily in Dublin, Ireland. Founded by the co-founder of the very first CoderDojo James Whelton, the Foundation is focused on supporting new and existing Dojos through resource and community development while also scaling CoderDojo through partnerships and creating awareness globally

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Image of Kilmovee CoderDojo listing (dates & times TBA)

We are currently taking registrations for members and mentors. And actively seeking local businesses to get involved with this superb initiative, which we hope to have running by late February / early March in Kilmovee Community Centre.

The response has been great so far with mum’s and dad’s looking for information and pre-registering. But Kilmovee CoderDojo will need volunteers…

There are many ways in which you can volunteer with Kilmovee CoderDojo, whether you are technical or not. We’re looking for technically skilled mentors to help out, for a couple of hours a week, helping share their knowledge with local young people. We are also looking for non-technical volunteers to help with a wide array of tasks, from registration and administration through to keeping the website/social media up to date. Volunteering isn’t just for individuals and we would welcome volunteering, in both time and resources, from within businesses and organisations who have the resources to assist.

Having completed the required steps as set out on the CoderDojo website, the Kilmovee CoderDojo is now verified by the foundation and searchable on coderdojo.com and is open for all to join, not just for residents of Kilmovee

Kilmovee CoderDojo is also on facebook (search ’kilmoveecoderdojo’), twitter (@kilmoveehub) and on the community website (Kilmovee.info). We’d like to thank local organisations for their backing of this initiative and welcome others on to our cyber highway journey.

Kilmovee CoderDojo will hold their first get together on Saturday 6th February in Kilmovee Community Centre from 3 – 5pm. This is an introduction to CoderDojo and to meet each other before we get going for real. Registration is required for Dojo sessions but all are welcome (7 – 17, young people under 13 need to be accompanied by parent/guardian) on Saturday 6th, don’t forget to bring your laptop fully charged as plug sockets may be limited.

How to Register:

Register with CoderDojo – https://zen.coderdojo.com/register –

Then login to the website, search Kilmovee or click –

https://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/ie/kilmovee/kilmovee-1 )

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact [email protected]

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