Do­jos of code to ex­pand in Kar­ratha

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Lead­ers of a chil­dren’s cod­ing pro­gram are look­ing to ex­pand its Kar­ratha network by draw­ing on skills and en­thu­si­asm for STEM sub­jects (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and mathematics) that al­ready ex­ist in the com­mu­nity.

About 30 chil­dren, par­ents and ed­u­ca­tors flocked to the Kar­ratha li­brary last Thurs­day night to hear from some lead­ing CoderDojo “cham­pi­ons”, or men­tors, speak about how they could help grow the pop­u­lar cod­ing clubs into a wider Pil­bara com­mu­nity network. The CoderDojo pro­gram, which pro­vides re­sources for ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar clubs for seven to 17-year-olds to learn cod­ing through creative dig­i­tal projects, was rolled out in Kar­ratha mid last year

Sev­eral lo­cal do­jos have al­ready sprung up in that time, in­clud­ing at Kar­ratha Se­nior High School, St Luke’s Col­lege and Dampier Pri­mary School.

Fog­a­rty Foun­da­tion CoderDojo WA co-or­di­na­tor Re­becca Lof­tus said the wider Kar­ratha com­mu­nity had a lot of po­ten­tial to ex­pand as a dojo network.

“I think there’s so much go­ing here in the re­sources in­dus­try,” she said.

“There’s a lot of peo­ple that have back­grounds in the STEM space ... so it’s re­ally just tap­ping into that, draw­ing peo­ple to­gether in a com­mon cause.”

Ms Lof­tus said CoderDojo had taken off in WA, which as a re­gional network had more do­jos than any other in the world.

CoderDojo cham­pion and pre­sen­ter Josh Goy­der said peo­ple did not need to be cod­ing ex­perts to be­come men­tors, only en­thu­si­asm and some spare time.

Se­bas­tian Bulin­ski, 8, Bai­ley Smith, 8, and MacKen­zie Smith, 9, are keen to be­come CoderDojo nin­jas.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

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