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MegaDojo to host coding workshops for children at LIT

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This weekend MegaDojo are running coding workshops for children and young people in Limerick IT.

To celebrate code week, from October 15 to October 22, CoderDojo are inviting young people from across the Midwest to a day of technology based fun in the LIT Campus this Saturday, October 15

Limerick will be host to one of the largest events from the 7,000 events that will be held over 46 countries this coming week.

MegaDojo had great success in 2015 with over 512 youths attending; this year they plan to target over 1024 young people to learn code as they team up with their sister Dojos in Ennis and Nenagh.

Limerick IT has supported CoderDojo since its inception in September 2011 and is the longest running continuous supporter of Dojo worldwide.  Limerick Dojo has gone from strength to strength with the invaluable support from LIT.

MegaDojo are offering many different workshops for young people aged between seven and seventeen. For younger children who want to learn how to code, CoderDojo are offering workshops using a child friendly coding tool called Scratch.

For older children there are workshops in coding, web design, animation and electronics.  These workshops are all beginner friendly and no equipment required. 

Speaking on how the day will run, CoderDojo Pioneer, Barry Kennedy, said, “For experienced CoderDojo Ninjas, we have two competitions to test their skills. In the Hackathon, teams of three kids aged 12 and over, will be given a social issue and they have a number of hours to devise a solution using the skills they’ve mastered in Dojo”.

“For the more experienced scratchers, we have a special Scratch-athon where they are challenged to come up with the best game or animation possible using scratch,” he said.

Video: The ‘Europe Code Week’ digital badge can be awarded to CoderDojo community members who shared their knowledge with others by attending a Dojo or other coding event during Code Week (October 15th-23rd).

The event, which is sponsored by Bank of Ireland, will also be offering a number of side events also.  Participants will have the opportunity to attend a number of talks given by guest speakers in the Millenium Theatre and various companies from the Midwest region will be showcasing their work along the LIT corridors. 

These companies include Bank of Ireland, Actionpoint, DellEMC, LIT Technology Departments, Kemp Technologies and Maplin.  Packed lunches will also be provided on the day by Carambola. 

Vice President of LIT, Dr Liam Brown expressed his delight at being a part of MegaDojo.

“CoderDojo is a brilliant initiative that we have been supporting for a long time.  It is an ideal mechanism to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and maths from an early age and given the skills shortages in the IT sector currently, it is very important that every effort is undertaken to promote the sector,” he said.  

Dr Brown continued by mentioning the recent job announcements in Limerick have been in the IT sector and meaning there are great career opportunities for graduates in this sector.

Director Bank of Ireland Munster,Liam Sheedy, said, “We are delighted to support the CoderDojo movement across Ireland and we are particularly excited to see the level of interest and uptake in the MegaDojo taking place at LIT”. 

Mr Sheedy added that the “aim of the event is to ignite a spark in the minds of young people and encourage them to keep learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM)”.

CoderDojo is a global volunteer led community of free programming clubs for young people. To find out more on CoderDojo follow www.coderdojo.com.

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