Dojo to teach tech to students
An international program that helps schoolchildren develop coding skills is in search of co-ordinators and mentors to set up in the Pilbara for the first time.
CoderDojo facilitates a network of extra-curricular clubs for seven to 17-year-olds to learn coding through creative digital projects such as computer games, websites and interactive novels, and its WA branch is bringing the model to the Pilbara later this year.
A training day for people interested in becoming club co-ordinators, called “champions”, and mentors was held in Karratha last Wednesday.
Fogarty Foundation CoderDojo WA program manager Rebecca Loftus said the project was branching out into the regions.
“Perth has the largest number of Dojos (clubs) of any city in the world, but regional areas are somewhere we want to focus on this year,” she said.
“We will be in Karratha every school term to support the development of this, and have been talking to industry and mentors involved.”
CoderDojo WA has partnered with Scitech and Woodside to deliver the program in the Pilbara.
Ms Loftus said the Karratha community’s pre-existing STEM programs made it a good place to start before moving on to other parts of the region including Port Hedland, Newman, Tom Price and Onslow.
She said their ultimate vision was to establish at least one club in every City of Karratha school.
Co-ordinators and mentors do not need any coding background knowledge as resources are provided by the program.
For more information, go to coderdojowa.org.au.
CoderDojo WA staff will next visit Karratha in July.
Children and mentors learn to code with the CoderDojo program, which is planned to start in the Pilbara later this year.