Belfast Metropolitan College Makes IT Happen with CoderDojo Summit

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  • On Saturday 23rd March, young people gathered together at the E3 campus of Belfast Metropolitan College for the first running of a Coder Dojo Summit in Northern Ireland.

    Coder Dojo is a free coding club movement where young people learn to code and create. The movement started in Cork in 2011 and has spread since around the world with Dojos scattered throughout Europe, USA and Japan. The Summit was designed to bring Coder Dojo clubs across Northern Ireland together to share ideas and experiences.

    Unfortunately, the really heavy snows and road blockages across the province meant that we lost attendees, especially those from the West. Nevertheless, the event was hugely successful with over 80 attendees despite the conditions.

    The event was made possible with facilitation from Momentum, Farset Labs, Digital Circle, Bangor Academy, South West College and Belfast Metropolitan College and support from the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL).

    Welcoming the success of the Event, Michael Noble, Skills Manager at Momentum said:

    “Momentum are absolutely delighted to be supporting Coder Dojo in Northern Ireland, we see this as a key initiative allowing young people to learn the skills that are and will continue to be important for the jobs of the future in an informal and fun way. “

    Previously, South West College facilitated its first CoderDojo on 21st March 2013, in the innovative STEM Centre at the Dungannon Campus.

    Emma McCracken CoderDojo mentor stated:

    “It is our responsibility as teachers and mentors to encourage young people to pursue an interest in the area of ICT through the use of enjoyable and worthwhile activities.”

    For more information on CoderDojo, email  Emma.McCracken@swc.ac.uk

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