CoderDojo is coming to Geraldton! CoderDojo is a facilitated program fueling young people's passion for coding and better understanding the technology that shapes their world.
Pollinators is partnering with Mid West Science Engagement Group, Inspiring Australia and Durack Institute of Technology to run a pilot program in Term 1. Every Saturday until 2nd April the 'Dojo' will be open from 10-12am at Durack Institute of Technology.
There are Dojos in over 51 countries that meet meet regularly to learn skills and work on projects like websites, apps, games and more. There is a focus on community, peer learning, mentorship and self-directed learning.
CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable, rewarding experience. The one rule for Ninjas is 'Above All, Be Cool', guiding behaviour. Champions, Mentors and volunteers work together to create a safe and inclusive space for young people.
The first 'Intro Session' is relevant to four audiences, and all are required to register http://bit.ly/codergero
Ninjas - Young people aged 9 to 17 who want to learn to code or use code to build projects. All young people are welcome to attend the Intro session, however if there is more demand than capacity we will prioritise supporting those who can attend all the sessions in Term 1.
Mentors - Adults (17+) experienced in coding, website building or technology relevant to mentoring the Ninjas. Mentors may attend all sessions, or attend as a special guest for a single session. In the Intro session we will discuss platforms, projects, benefits and requirements for mentors.
Parents - Parents of children who may also want to learn to code, become a 'Champion' (help coordinator the Dojo) or just learn more about supporting their children's interest. In the Intro session we will discuss more about CoderDojo and options for involvement.
Sponsors - In order to resource and fund the pilot, its continuation and related events and forums we are seeking financial partners for CoderDojo Geraldton. Prospective sponsors should also register, and we will provide details of the sponsorship options available.
Intro session Agenda:
Introduction to CoderDojo, online safety,
Brainstorming needs and ideas for participants,
Coding! We will have an hour for all participants to play, code, learn on their own and together,
Review today, participants commitment and schedule future sessions
Durack Institute of Technology computing labs have dozens of PCs all ready for participants to use.
If you want to bring your own laptop, you are free to do so. All the software / tools used are online or cloud-based.
Kids are encouraged to bring a drink bottle and snack if needed. We will provide some morning tea for the Intro Session.
Durack Institute of Technology is at 175 Fitzgerald St Geraldton.
Enter via the most northern entrance. Park. Enter B Block via the Northern Entrance, as indicated in attached maps.
Who to contact for enquiries: Andrew Outwaithe 0466694702