Bright future for young coders

Posted on: 8th June, 2015

Category: Headlines

Contributor: West Cork People

On May 8, CoderDojo Clonakilty hosted its third EXPO at the Quality Hotel to celebrate the achievements of all the kids who have been attending CoderDojo and allow them the opportunity to showcase their projects, games, apps, websites, robotics and much more to their friends, families and special guests. It was also an opportunity to celebrate CoderDojo Clonakilty’s third birthday.

Over 65 Young Coders were in attendance and presented their projects, ranging from lots of great Scratch games and animations, Lusitania and fashion/self-esteem websites  amongst others, an electronic home-made guitar, a human Makey-Makey circuit and 3D modelling/printing.

One of the special guests for the evening was Skibbereen’s Con McCarthy from the European Space Agency who was very impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of all the young coders in the room and spoke to all the kids about his experiences working in the ESA. His audience were clearly mesmerised by his tales and the seed was planted for a number of potential space engineers that evening. Con stressed the importance of pursuing STEM subjects for their futures and the benefits CoderDojo provides to the local community.

Mayor of Clonakilty Colette Twomey was also in attendance and presented a number of awards on the evening. Colette was clearly delighted with what she saw at the EXPO and was impressed with the technical knowledge and ability of such a young group of people. She was also very happy to see a number of very capable young girls involved at CoderDojo and highlighted the importance of continuing to attract more girls to CoderDojo and to Science and Technology in general.

As well as celebrating the achievements of the children, the night was also about thanking those that make CoderDojo possible each week —David Henry, Irene O’Callaghan and all the staff at the Quality Hotel for providing a great space for the Dojo each week, Trevor Kingston of HighResolution who kindly provides all the group’s printing including the 3D variety and of course the mentors who provide their valuable time free of charge each week.

The event, sponsored by SouthWestern, was also an opportunity to show more local businesses and IT professionals what CoderDojo is about in an effort to urge more to participate as mentors and in other support roles. The USB bands were sponsored by SouthWestern who were represented by Peadar Murphy on the evening. Peadar is also looking forward to recruiting a number of our CoderDojo graduates in the future.

CoderDojo Clonakilty is taking a break for the Summer.  Sessions will start back in early September at the Quality Hotel. Notifications will be sent to schools and mailing list. In the meantime keep an eye on coderdojowestcork.wordpress.com. For more information contact clonakilty@coderdojo.com.

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