Monday, July 24, 2017

Appeal for coding mentors

A coding programme for young people needs new mentors to assist with growing demand, writes Brian Byrne.

According to Deputy Martin Heydon FG, the Coderdojo based in Newbridge, which caters for youngsters and young adults aged between 7-17, wants to expand, but needs more adult mentors in order to be able to do so.

Coderdojo Newbridge is located in the Patrician Primary School and was established two and a half years ago.

Affiliated with the global Coderdojo movement, which is led by volunteers, the programme offers an opportunity to any interested young person to learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment. The Newbridge club is registered with Coder Ireland and meets on Tuesday evenings.

"Mentors must be over 18 and will be subject to Garda vetting and child protection measures operated by Coder Ireland," Deputy Heydon says. "They need only offer two hours a week of their time and expertise. Anyone with an interest in getting involved can contact or any Newbridge Coderdojo committee member."

The Deputy is is pictured above with some members of the Newbridge Coderdojo Committee.