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Working with the Coding Stars of the Future

Alan Jackson

Three of IJYI’s software developers left the office for a few hours this week to help run the first “CoderDojo” at Ipswich library.

38 children aged between 7 and 12 worked together on Python and Scratch projects with great enthusiasm and determination, fuelled by many packets of biscuits and cups of juice!

As developers, we found it really rewarding to be able to support these children in their aim of discovering more about coding. We were amazed at how independent and how confident they were about getting stuck into the challenges, and how well they worked together. It is interesting to see what we do every day through the eyes of someone just learning it for the first time, and surprisingly difficult to take the concepts we take for granted and frame them so that a seven year old can make sense of them….

We had some great feedback from the children who attended, and their parents, getting comments such as:

“Great fun for our 7 year old and very constructive”
“Good session, relaxed atmosphere”
“A good event. Always good for kids to try out projects.”
“Very good opportunity for the children.”
“Excellent event which the boys loved and fully engaged in!”
“My son has made a new friend and is learning new skills quite happily! Thank you”
“Very happy”

CoderDojo is a movement that promotes coding for children. A CoderDojo is an event providing an informal, creative, and social environment for exploring technology.

Picture courtesy of Ipswich County Library