Dojo to teach tech to stu­dents

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: CoderDojo WA

Chil­dren and men­tors learn to code with the CoderDojo pro­gram, which is planned to start in the Pil­bara later this year.

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