Sunday 18 March 2018

CoderDojo's new project just for girls

CoderDojo, the pioneering computer training programme for kids, recently launched a new initiative aimed at girls.

CoderDojoGirls operates at the branch of the computer skills group based in Dublin City University.

For two years, CoderDojo has had one of the best free initiatives aimed at teaching kids about computers.

It has already proved so popular that it has not only spread across Ireland: James Whelton's remarkable voluntary initiative to teach computer programming is now in more than 20 countries, and 10,000 children have taken part.

The children usually learn from volunteers at sessions over weekends.

Mr Whelton said: "It is remarkable how it has grown and we are only two years old this month."

He said he hoped CoderDojoGirls would help to address the gender imbalance in the tech industry.

CoderDojoGirls aims to cater for the specific interests and motivations of girls, helping to build up their confidence and interest in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Activities will be focused on projects such as creating a pop band fan-page, building pianos or using social media.

DCU CoderDojo mentor Niamh Scullion said: "It's so important to get girls exposed to technology at a young age."

James Whelton said CoderDojoGirls would be expanded to other areas soon.

Irish Independent

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