One hundred dojo’s since CoderDojo Clonaklity’s inception in May 2012 and still some of the same young coders arrive each week, now mentoring and helping with the more recent starters. The group was delighted to recently welcome Con McCarthy from the European Space Agency who dropped by to say a few inspiring words. The young coders were happy to showcase some of their projects and learn lots about the ESA.
Now running successfully for four years, each Friday evening approximately 50-plus enthusiastic coders descend onto the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty to create games, animations, programs, work with robotics, 3D modelling and lots more. It’s a mine of mayhem but the ninja’s just get stuck in and start to create and develop their ideas. There are no limits. They learn from each other, mentor each other and stand up in front of the crowd to demonstrate programs. Three young coders are currently getting ready to represent CoderDojo Clonakilty at the National Scratch Finals in the RDS in Dublin — Conall McAuley with Shark Attack!, Conor Brennan with Apocalypse and James Deegan with Kung Fu Coolest.
On Friday, May 13, CoderDojo Clonaklity will host its fourth Expo coinciding with the groups fourth anniversary. At the Expo, all coders will get the opportunity to showcase their projects to parents, grandparents, friends and some special invited guests. They will also be presented with awards — USB wristbands — sponsored by SouthWestern. Bill Liao, who co-founded CoderDojo with James Whelton in early 2011, will be dropping by to chat to the kids and take a look at some of their projects. To date there are now well over 1000 Dojo’s worldwide, an amazing achievement.
As always with CoderDojo, there is no charge for any child attending, as all mentors and volunteers give their time completely free of charge. The group has also been generously supported by David Henry and his team at the Quality Hotel who continue to provide an excellent venue free of charge.
The Expo, sponsored by SouthWestern and the Quality Hotel, Clonakilty will take place on Friday, May 13 from 6:30-8:30pm and will be the last CoderDojo before the summer break, so if you are free do come along for the evening and see CoderDojo in action.
If you would like to get involved you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website http://coderdojowestcork.wordpress.com.