Break­ing the code on jobs

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS - Jill Burgess

A GROUND­BREAK­ING pro­gram will be de­liv­ered in the Peel re­gion to bol­ster the em­ploy­ment prospects of high school stu­dents with autism.

The specialist CoderDojo – de­vel­oped for 11 to 17- year-olds – is the re­sult of a part­ner­ship be­tween Bankwest, CoderDojo WA and the Autism Academy for Soft­ware Qual­ity As­sur­ance.

A free in­for­ma­tion ses­sion for par­ents and chil­dren will be held at Make Place Man­durah on Satur­day, with reg­is­tra­tion at 9.30am.

The Peel CoderDojo for high school­ers on the autism spec­trum could be ex­panded to help stu­dents with other con­di­tions.

CoderDojo is a vol­un­teer-led world-wide move­ment of free cod­ing clubs (Do­jos) for school-aged chil­dren (nin­jas) and pro­vides free, fun and so­cial open learn­ing en­vi­ron­ments.

Men­tors guide like­minded ‘nin­jas’ in de­vel­op­ing in­de­mand skills in ar­eas such as robotics, In­ter­net of Things, an­i­ma­tion and game-build­ing to help bol­ster em­ploy­ment prospects. The Peel CoderDojo starts with a four-day workshop on July 15, 16, 18 and 19 be­fore con­tin­u­ing weekly on Satur­days through­out term 3.

Bankwest head of cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity Lisa Hol­ley said it was im­por­tant to es­tab­lish the specialist CoderDojo in the Peel re­gion to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to peo­ple of­ten caught be­tween Perth-based and greater South West ser­vices.

For more in­for­ma­tion, send an email to [email protected]­grad.curtin.edu.au.

Stu­dents learn about cod­ing in an open learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

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