BUDDING computer whizzkids got a head start in the world of IT recently as a group from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne completed a six-week session in CoderDojo Level 1 – a programming club that teaches young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, computer programmes and games.
Ventry-based Chris Byrne founded the Dingle CoderDojo earlier this year, beginning with a project in Scoil Ceann Trá six months ago. Such was the success of that initial project that a six week course was developed and managed in the school with the assistance of Pádraig Ó Dufaigh.
The CoderDojo is quickly gaining momentum in the Kingdom with clubs already established in Dingle, Tralee and Cahersiveen. The 'Dojos' are set up and run by volunteers who instruct, organise tours of technology companies, bring in guest speakers and organise events.
Those participating in the Pobalscoil Chorca
Dhuibhne CoderDojo course gained valuable skills as they learned how to set and run up their own website (using basic HTML tags to create a website and update it directly without using any site creator tools), along with learning how to create a game using the Scratch programming language, which they then uploaded to their site.
"CoderDojo operates on the basis that teaching kids how to code provides them with extra skills and opportunities which they can use to their own advantage," Chris said.
More information on CoderDojo in Dingle is available online at DingleDojo.com.