What is CoderDojo?

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Right now there is a global phenomenon that is grabbing the attention of our kids. It’s not pop music, it’s not video games and it’s not drugs. It’s called CoderDojo and it might just save the world!

I took the opportunity to speak to Nichola Bates (@NicholaBates) one of the founding members of CoderDojo Newry and Andrew Leonard (@ASLCreative) a parent who takes his son and asked what is this is all about?

Listen to the podcast below (17:54) or download the MP3 (16.4MB):

I suspect you won’t have heard of CoderDojo, and why would you? Computer programming is for geeks. Not you. But you would be wrong. The chances are your 8 year old child already knows more about computing and technology than you do and for you as a parent things are about to get a whole lot worse, because CoderDojo is about to sweep the nation!

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What is CoderDojo?

CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people.
At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught at by volunteers. Dojos organise tours of technology companies, bring in guest speakers to talk about their career and what they do, and organise events. In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and so on. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable, kick ass experience. CoderDojo also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software, and has a strong network of members and volunteers globally.

You can find out more about CoderDojo Newry by following them on twitter @coderdojonewry and you can register for the next event on the 26 May 2012 at http://coderdojonewry.eventbrite.com/

We need more programmers and while we can’t expect our kids to fill those jobs today, this movement will hopefully encourage more children to focus on an IT career further down the line. If you would like to help out, start your own CoderDojo or even just take your kids along, please make contact with Nichola.

Why don’t you tell us if you have already attended CoderDojo or whether you’re considering setting up your own CoderDojo in your local town in the comments below.

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Hi, I'm Chris Taylor and I'm a web publisher from Belfast, Northern Ireland. You can follow me on twitter @iChrisTaylor or visit my website iChrisTaylor.com

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  1. EamonnMallie on

    Eamonn Mallie.

    Chris, I have just been listening to your interview with Nicola Bates in Newry talking about CoderDojos. Lord – I am so excited …….I am over eight years old. ……I want to come. It sounds so exciting. Well done to you and Nicola for bringing news of CoderDojos to the attention of our followers on eamonnmallie.com