Our project manager Rhiannon recently attended an information event by CoderDojo WA, this is an independent network of coding clubs for 7-17 year old WA kids.
At this inspiring event ninjas (kids), champions (dojo organisers) and mentors all presented a snippet of their experience. The dojos are run outside of school hours and do not involve lesson plans, but rather exploratory learning. Everyone involved has the opportunity to further their skills and experience in a range of areas. Ninjas speak of improving their confidence and gaining employment as a result of involvement, champions learn about coding along the way, and mentors gain from the enthusiasm and energy of those they help.
Coding is an important skill both now and into the future. If you can code, you can communicate your ideas with a computer or program so they can be brought to life in bigger, brighter, more creative ways. You can use coding to create software and apps on your phone and websites. There is already a worldwide shortage of computer programmers and this will only grow. We want kids in the wheatbelt to be equipped for the jobs of the future.
More information on CoderDojo can be found on their website at www.coderdojowa.org.au
At this stage, Wheatbelt Science Hub is calling for expressions of interest from people who would like to be involved in CoderDojo in the wheatbelt. Please fill in the form on our website so we can gauge how much interest there is, and in which location/s. We are hoping to run a pilot program, and based on this there is the potential to roll-out into other wheatbelt towns.