STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is the way ahead for jobs and Port Stephens Council library at Raymond Terrace is offering free CoderDojo workshops in the school holidays to compliment its regular Code Club.
The Dojo offers children aged between 8 and twelve years old a chance to learn skills like building websites, Apps and games.
CoderDojo is a global movement which believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so! Any young person aged 7 – 17 can join and attend a Dojo for FREE!
At a Dojo they will learn skills such as building a website, creating an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.
While the Dojo is one way to learn code the Library also offers Code Club which is run twice a week throughout school terms using Scratch code.
Donna Lloyd Branch Librarian of Raymond Terrace Library told News Of The Area, “Code Club Australia provides the modules and lesson plans.”
She believes that the six week program aims to give every child in Australia the skills, confidence and opportunity to use coding and shape their world. It engages creative and problem solving skills in children.
“The children who have attended have grown in both confidence and ability to use Scratch, putting their own creative twist to the programs/games they have created,” she said.
The library hopes the CoderDojo which is currently booked out, will encourage new members to attend the regular Code Club program during school terms.
You can find out more about booking into Code Club at Raymond Terrace Library at 4980 0111 for further details and bookings.
By Marian SAMPSON