Do you have a child between the ages of seven to seventeen who shares an interest with you in technology? Are you keen to expose them on how to code, build websites, apps or games?
A couple of months ago, ACS Victoria established ‘CoderDojo Southbank’. The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so.
Each week our volunteers introduce a new module or level in a coding program. Participants can begin to understand how sequencing the command codes in particular ways can bring their imaginations alive on the screen in front of them.
Beginning with the kids programming system ‘Scratch’ and working our way through new programs such as ‘Tynker’ and ‘Hopscotch’, we can already see our ‘coding ninjas’ developing the logic and problem solving skills needed by all programmers and coders around the world.
As the weeks go by we hope to start graduating our ninjas into more sophisticated coding languages, including html, Java script and C#.
Our ninjas are encouraged to teach themselves and help each other out before seeking help from a volunteer, which not only provides them with new and relevant computer skills, but also helps them build friendships. We only have one rule at CoderDojo and that is: Be Cool!
The next CoderDojo Southbank will be taking place on Thursday 3 November, and only 20 spots are available at each session so make sure you secure your position today! To register, please click here.
To express your interest in volunteering, please contact Kelly.Kayne@acs.org.au.
If you would like to learn more about the CoderDojo program, you can find more information on the CoderDojo website or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.