Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Doherty seeks local support for new Ashbourne CoderDojo group


Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has urged local businesses to help her get a new CoderDojo group up and running in Ashbourne, by providing computer equipment. CoderDojo is a global movement aimed at teaching children computer programming technology.

“CoderDojo is an incredible worldwide movement, which has been growing at a staggering pace since it was set up just two years ago in Cork. Its ethos is based on volunteerism, and I would love to hear from local businesses who would be willing to sponsor or donate computer equipment for the new group I am setting up in Ashbourne.  

“CoderDojo is a not-for-profit movement which runs free coding clubs for young people. Youngsters are taught how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. The clubs also act as a really positive social outlet for young people, allowing them to meet other kids with the same interests.

“The great strength of CoderDojo is that it makes learning code a fun experience. And, more importantly, it arms the young participants with skills that have the potential to set them on a very positive course in life.

“CoderDojo allows children to develop mentally and socially in an informal and fun background. It has resulted in children as young as seven learning to code, which is an incredible achievement, especially for those of us who remember relying on no more than a pen and paper to get through our school day. These children are the innovators of the future, and CoderDojo provides them with the perfect platform to flourish.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to ensure our children our equipped with the skills to meet the needs of the future. I hope to get a new CoderDojo group up and running in Ashbourne in the next month or so, and I would like anyone who could help by providing equipment to get in touch.”

3 comments:

Fred said...
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Fred said...

To get you started we will be happy to lend you the laptops we are using for the CoderDojo we are hosting at IBM on Saturday afternoon. Please let me know if interested so we can work out the details.. THX Fred

Laura Marshall said...

Hi Regina my son is very interested in joining. Please let me know how to get involved. Thanks Laura