- Friday 30 September 2016
The Sunshine Coast aims to become one of the most innovative, smart and modern regions in the world. To help drive this plan into action, council encourages the region’s youngsters to express their technological talents through a variety of programs and initiatives.
CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based coding clubs for youngsters between the ages of seven to 17. The council-supported initiative will runs most Saturdays from October 8 through the final term of the school year at Maroochydore and Maleny. The Sunshine Coast branch of CoderDojo is managed by a father daughter team of Stephen and Caitlin Neate.
CoderDojo Sunshine Coast Co-Director Stephen Neate said spots were available in the program, that aims to engage, encourage and facilitate kids knowledge in code and IT.
“Coder Dojo is all about giving kids who may not have otherwise had the chance to learn and explore technology and meet like-minded peers,” he said.
“With the help of mentors, youngsters learn how how to code, develop websites, apps and games and have a lot of fun in the process.
“We are still filling spots at the Maroochydore and Maleny dojos so there’s a great opportunity for youngsters to sign up and develop some really great and useful skills over the next couple of months. Youngsters can register via our website www.sunshinecoast.coderdojo.com.au.
“We’re also looking for more IT professionals who understand coding languages and are happy to help the next generation to gain knowledge in programming and web site fundamentals to come on board as mentors and general volunteers at our dojos.
Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Stephen Robinson said council was committed to supporting programs like CoderDojo to drive knowledge in digital technology and encourage entrepreneurship and innovation on the Sunshine Coast.
“There is huge potential for future growth in the application of coding and website and app development to solve economic and environmental issues within society and your council believes it is critically important to invest in initiatives and programs like CoderDojo that plant the seed for an entrepreneurial and innovative environment here on the Sunshine Coast,” Cr Robinson said.
“Your council is extremely proud to support CoderDojo and many other initiatives that support and strengthen our entrepreneurial ecosystem like the Mayor’s Telstra Technology Awards, Startup Weekend, Startup Weekend Youth and our recent co-investment in the Bright Sparks Lab at Spark Bureau Maroochydore with virtual and augmented reality equipment for schools and students to experience.
“By investing in and supporting these types of programs and initiatives we want to provide our future generations with the opportunities to develop the skills, qualifications and knowledge that will be vitally important for them to tap into the careers of the future.”