For Young People

UPC Ireland marks EU Code Week 2014 by unveiling 10 New CoderDojos

13 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

UPC Ireland, in partnership with CoderDojo, has announced plans to create ten new CoderDojo clubs across the country in the coming 12 months. UPC’s first coding club D4 CoderDojo was launched in June this year, with the aim of helping young people, some as young as six, to learn about coding with the use of special resources. As part of EU Code Week, UPC Ireland will host a special session in D4 Dojo on 11 October, with the assistance of some younger coders who have already seen how it all works. One such youngster, Noah Scolard, aged ten,… Read More

Can you teach a child how to code – even if they can’t read yet?

13 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Kindergartener Talia Levitt has started using the app at the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School in Medford. She says it has taught her to concentrate and use her imagination. Here in Ireland, James Whelton (aged 22) is the founder of Coder Dojo, which teaches young people computer coding skills. He learned how to code when he was just nine – but speaking at the 2012 Web Summit, he said: “I was coding since I was nine but academically, I was pretty horrible. Stuff I was really good at wasn’t recognised anywhere on the curriculum. Teachers thought I was… Read More

Earn your “Skill Sharer – EU Code Week” digital badge!

10 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

In association with the Mozilla Foundation, CoderDojo will be awarding the “Skill Sharer – EU Code Week” digital badge to ALL community members that have shared their coding knowledge and skills with others at their Dojo during CodeWeek.EU (11th – 17th of  Oct). These digital badges are an awesome way to show what you’ve done for others at your local Dojo. “As part of EU Code Week, you have stepped up as part of a global movement to teach web literacy.” Please not: We would ask that ONLY CoderDojo Champions fill out the form to submit… Read More

Q & A: Jordan Casey, teen app developer

10 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Jordan Casey is only 14 years old, but he’s already written several game apps that have been sold on the iTunes and Google Play stores. And, his games have made him a bit of a celebrity. Based in Waterford, Ireland, he’s spoken at TEDxYouth New Delhi and other conferences, and he has partnered with organizations such as the Brazil-based advertising agency Fabrica—he collaborated with them to create an official game for National Children’s Day in Brazil. Most recently he’s turned his attention to the education sphere, by creating TeachWare, an app that makes teachers’ day-to-day work easier… Read More

Is ‘Pink It, Shrink It’ Really the Answer?

8 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Aspiration was the second thing. The typical male ‘techie’ stereotype can turn many girls off coding. We need more female role models to inspire young girls. It can often feel daunting being the only female at a male dominated hackathon or local code club. Giustina Mizzoni from the Coder Dojo Foundation emphasised the importance of having female volunteers leading sessions. “We’ve found that Dojos with female volunteer mentors not only attract, but retain higher percentages of young girls; these mentors give young girls the opportunity to view computer science as a viable career option for them.’ Read… Read More

Keep up with the kids: a guide to digital languages

8 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

“It must be top of every Londoner’s life-improvement list: learn to code. We all now know that the foreign language of computers is the answer to all our problems. It could make us a billion dollars. It could open the door to a new career. Or, perhaps more likely, it could help us do our children’s homework. Five-year-olds already use our iPads more deftly than we do, but as of this month’s new term, coding is now on the curriculum and soon the kids will know how our devices actually work — on the inside. We need to… Read More