Inspiring the next generation at the Microsoft Dojo, Ireland
Last year we were very excited to have one of our coders as a finalist at the National Scratch competition for a golf game he designed. We also had a couple of others shortlisted in the coolest projects category. During the time of the Microsoft CoderDojo club we’ve hosted two events as part of EU Code Week – those events generated great excitement for the students and we saw a spike in our numbers after each. In addition last year we took a lead on rolling out the ‘Hour of Code’ campaign here in Ireland.
In addition to supporting events around the country we also held one in the Arts Council for the arts community which was particularly interesting and another in Government Buildings for our elected officials. It was a great campaign and I think definitely helped to raise awareness for the need for everyone to have a basic understanding of coding. As our own Microsoft CoderDojo club goes from strength we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do next with our new European partnership with the CoderDojo Foundation.