CoderDojo Mesham UK

Computer programming sessions at leisure centre

ʻA great way to get young people interested in the subjectʼ

By Laura Edgar

COMPUTER programming sessions are set to take place in Measham. While the UK is currently in an age where it has more computer devices than ever, it is surprisingly lacking the people to programme them, particularly in the Midlands. While on holiday earlier this year, Measham based company Cherry Orange became aware of CoderDojo, a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs for young people, and decided to do some research on their return. The company learnt that despite there being CoderDojos in London, Manchester and Scotland, among other places, there wasn’t a single one in the Midlands.

Inspired to start up a CoderDojo, the Cherry Orange company spoke to Measham Leisure Centre, who have given the initiative their full backing. Sessions on computer programming will take place on the first Saturday of every month between 10am and 12pm starting from September 7 at the Leisure Centre. Adrian Leigh from Cherry Orange is going to be mentoring the first session and is reaching out for others to come along and become mentors as well so that as many children as possible can get help from such an initiative. He said: “This is a great way to get young people interested in a subject where there is a shortage of skills in the UK.” To register for the sessions, visit: cherryorangedojo.eventbrite.co.uk/

Congratulations to Cherry Orange for starting a CoderDojo. See the Original Article here Times p12 – 19.07

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