Irish coding initiative spreads Stateside
‘Kid-code-teaching-classes’ which started in Ireland are to launch in San Francisco at the end of this month.
Code host Git Hub is the first Stateside location for a CoderDojo, which make coding skills accessible to young people. The initiative has also spread to London and has ‘Dojos’ at 11 locations in the Republic of Ireland.
Founded by teen James Whelton in 2011 and philanthropist Bill Liao, CoderDojo is a not-for-profit organisation that has caught the imagination of many.
Volunteers give their time to help children and teens learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more.
The CoderDojo website gives full details of how volunteers and mentors can get involved and how to set up a Dojo.
In a presentation to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education, CoderDojo recommended the introduction of Coding in second level curriculum, with a similar implementation to that of music or art.