Kids Flock To LIT Tipperary For Coding Club

A new Computing club (CoderDojo) for kids at LIT Tipperary is proving to be a phenomenal success with up to 100 students from primary and secondary schools coming to the LIT Thurles campus every Thursday afternoon. The first event was held on March 15th and was launched by the founder of CoderDojo, James Welton. CoderDojo has now spread throughout Ireland and the world.

A new Computing club (CoderDojo) for kids at LIT Tipperary is proving to be a phenomenal success with up to 100 students from primary and secondary schools coming to the LIT Thurles campus every Thursday afternoon. The first event was held on March 15th and was launched by the founder of CoderDojo, James Welton. CoderDojo has now spread throughout Ireland and the world.

The Tipperary CoderDojo programme is run by volunteers and the young attendees have the opportunity to learn how to code, develop websites, mobile applications, programs, games and more. During this first term, the focus has been on website development through HTML, CSS and JavaScript with the older students, and games development and basic coding through Scratch with the younger group. With the ever increasing demand for ICT graduates and the increased exposure to digital media and systems, young people are hungry for knowledge and information in the area. Parents can also observe and become familiar with the world of computing and coding.

Jacqueline Humphries, Lecturer in the Department of Technology, Media and Science at LIT Tipperary was involved in starting the CoderDojo movement in Tipperary. She noted “The fact that we are getting so many kids coming back every week for more is great to see. CoderDojo clubs provide an opportunity for young people to experiment and learn from their peers and from experts in the industry in a fun and interactive way. I am thrilled with the response from mentors also, with eleven experts volunteering their time to sign up to the project. We have also been greatly supported by our own students in LIT Tipperary who are turning up week on week to help out.”

Seamus Hoyne, Acting Head of the Department of Technology, Media and Science at LIT Tipperary highlighted the benefits of CoderDojo, “More and more young people are experimenting with programming, coding and developing applications at home or at school. CoderDojo gives us an opportunity to facilitate this learning and expose them to some of the things that are going on here. Our range of computing programmes cover multimedia, games, software development, IT systems and smart energy systems so just by being in a facility that has experience in these areas is of benefit to them”.

The Tipperary CoderDojo initiative will continue every Thursday up until May 31st, with plans to restart during the next school year. A showcase of the work created by the students will be held on the final session. To find out more, contact: coderdojothurles@gmail.com, book online at: http://coderdojothurles.eventbrite.ie or follow it on Twitter @CoderDojoThurle