UPC and CoderDojo join forces for release of D4 CoderDojo

Child mentors help other youngsters understand coding

David Baker
by David Baker on 4th July, 2014

A recent partnership between the TV, broadband and phone provider UPC and CoderDojo (a network of Irish-led coding clubs for youngsters) saw the launch of D4 CoderDojo.

More than a hundred children attended the two pilot sessions that were held at Sandymount’s Star of the Sea Parish Hall, with ages ranging from six upwards. The sessions helped children to find out more about developing websites, apps and games, and more.

Lauren Boyle, aged 9, from Foxrock was a star mentor at the sessions, as she helped more than a hundred coders get to grips with programme languages including Java, CSS, HTML, and the programme Scratch.

A pupil of the Teresian School, Lauren, who has only been coding for eighteen months, spoke of how she enjoyed coding, and seeing it “come alive.” She added that it was “very important” for youngsters to be engaged in coding, and that she was glad to be passing on her knowledge to others. Lauren’s skills have also been recognised via the CoderDojo Coolest Project awards, which she has won twice.

Coolest Projects Leader and CoderDojo Mentor Noel King said the skill and knowledge of the young mentors is “fantastic”, and that his company regarded them as being really helpful in being able to pass on their skills to young and inexperienced coders.

VP of Legal Services at UPC Ireland, Grainne McLaughlin, spoke of her pride regarding the company’s sponsorship. She said, “Coding knowhow and experience is becoming an important skill for young people, whether for future jobs or as a basic literacy and problem solving tool, which they use in life.”

Grainne also added, “Coding can also be used as a gateway into higher level interest and understanding of computer science – a subject which is currently insufficiently understood and studied by young people across the EU.”

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