In the next few weeks we will be kicking off the autumn/winter session of Clarecastle CoderDojo.
CoderDojo provides a relaxed environment teaching kids how to code (write computer programs), where the emphasis is on learning through doing and having a bit of fun at the same time. The sessions are free of charge, run on Saturdays, and are held at Clarecastle National School.
The plan this term is to teach Scratch for beginners or those that need a refresher, and then move on to AppInventor after approx 10 weeks. Essentially, Scratch is a graphical easy-to-use programming environment for beginners, and AppInventor, which expands on Scratch, can be used to develop apps that run on Android phones and tablets. Links are provided below where further info can be found on both Scratch and AppInventor.
The good news is that we have some spaces for new kids to join this term.
Who is it aimed at?
For Scratch we can cater for beginners in the 8 – 10 year old bracket, or 10 -12 year olds that have some experience with Scratch and want a refresher. And for AppInventor, the target audience is 10 – 17, but it is essential that they have Scratch competence.
What to do if interested?
Anybody interested should … complete contact form below providing name, age, and any programming experience details for your kids and one of us will respond. If you have any questions, just type them in the box also and we get back to you
Please note: 1) for child protection concerns, kids under 12 yrs must be accompanied by an adult for the sessions 2) no previous programming experience is necessary, but good for us to know if they have any.
For more information:
CoderDojo: www.coderdojo.com. The CoderDojo organisation provides computer programming skills to kids from 7 – 17 year olds. It is a growing global initiative established a few years back by Cork man James Whelton. It has since spread to many countries. The tuition is provided free of charge (not much comes for free these days ..) by mentors who have an interest in the technology sector, have a mixture of relevant skills and are keen to volunteer some time.