'Viral movement' CoderDojo celebrates first anniversary
IN towns and villages across Ireland there are small gatherings of children quickly learning how to rule tomorrow's world.
Welcome to CoderDojo: the movement that pledges to change the way we think and teach computer programming. And there's not a teacher in sight.
Celebrating its first anniversary yesterday, the Cork based company said its not-for-profit 'movement' has gone viral across the globe.
There are now 45 clubs in Ireland alone, each comprising of a number of children and mentors who teach them how to create and upload websites, apps and computer games within hours.
The company's creator, 19-year-old James Whelton from Bishopstown in Cork, said the idea came from a computer club he set up which kids from other schools couldn't wait to join.
"It was just the way we taught; it was project orientated," he said.
"Within the first two hours you could start your own website or game. It has ultimately become the Scouts of (computer) coding."
The clubs are free of charge and operate on basic rules; teachers or 'mentors' are approved by CoderDojo and garda vetted. The word 'dojo' itself is Japanese and refers to a formal gathering of students.