Young Programmers Awarded for CoderDojo Creative Bursary Programme

Young Programmers Awarded for CoderDojo Creative Bursary Programme

Several of Northern Ireland's CoderDojo programming clubs have been awarded packages of £500 worth of technology having successfully applied for the Creative Learning Centre's CoderDojo Creative Bursaries programme.

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín along with Nerve Centre's Director of Education John Peto and Bernard McCloskey, Head of Education at NI Screen presented Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics kits to Hannah Bryson, Aislinn McKeever, and Jordan Colgan of the Farset Labs, Derry~Londonderry, Coleraine and Causeway CoderDojos. 

Arduino Starter Kits also comprise part of the ten packages for use by young people within their Dojos.

John Peto said: 'The Nerve Centre is committed to providing opportunities and resources for all of our young people to explore their creativity and develop their digital skills. The opportunity to partner with CoderDojo’s in Northern Ireland around this and give them the tools to open the minds and unlock the creative potential of digital technology that DCAL have provided us with through the CoderDojo Creative Bursaries will impact in communities across NI and help to inspire our next generation of creative innovators.'

The programme is an element of the Creative Learning Centre CoderDojo project which works with DCAL, Digital Circle and NI Screen to support the development and sustainability of CoderDojos in Northern Ireland. 

Under this programme the Creative Learning Centres provide training for existing and proposed CoderDojos in logistical areas including child protection, health and safety and setting up a dojo, as well as some introductory coding sessions for mentors and co-ordinators.

 

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