DkIT to host region’s first ever coding event for school children
Dundalk Institute of Technology will host MegaDojo Dundalk, the region’s first ever major coding event for school children, on Saturday October 13.
The event will take place in the Carrolls Building at DkIT with a variety of interactive coding workshops, demos and tech talks taking place throughout the day from 10am to 4pm.
MegaDojo Dundalk is aiming to attract over 500 young people from across the north east. This initiative is coordinated by the School of Informatics & Creative Arts at DkIT in conjunction with Coderdojo Ireland.
The Irish Coastguard will attend as a special guest and will be on campus with their rescue boat to showcase how they use technology during rescue operations. A fund-raiser for Bumbleance, the Children’s National Ambulance Service, will also take place on the day.
Brendan Ryder, Head of Department of Visual Human Centred Computing at DkIT said:‘Megadojo is the largest coordinated coding event in the world in 2018 and we are delighted to bring it to our region for the first time. We are aiming for approximately 512 young people to take part in the event and we welcome anyone aged 7 to 17 to come along on the day and test out their coding skills.’
‘Our Megadojo aims to reach a wider audience and give young people, who might not normally have exposure to coding, an opportunity to create their own content,’ said Fiona Lawless, Head of Department of Computing Science and Mathematics. ‘We have also invited a number of local technology companies to exhibit on the day and to showcase some innovative ways they use technologies in their businesses.’
Peter Gosling, computing lecturer at DkIT and lead organiser of MegaDojo Dundalk manages the DkIT CoderDojo which meets one Saturday per month for regular coding sessions. ‘Coding is for everyone and the great thing about CoderDojo is that no previous programming experience is required to take part. Young people, or ‘ninjas’ as we call them, get so much out of taking part from problem-solving skills to enhanced IT skills and they are also encouraged to explore their creativity with their ideas,’ he said. ‘It is fantastic to take CoderDojo to the next level with MegaDojo Dundalk.’
To book a place, log onto www.megadojo.ie/ dundalk/. No previous coding experience needed.
DkIT President and staff outside Bumbleance Ambulance at national launch of Megadojo in Dublin.