Manchester CoderDojo returns to The Sharp Project Manchester CoderDojo 02nd birthday at The Sharp Project
Manchester CoderDojo returns to The Sharp Project on Sunday 14th December to mark it’s second birthday and 19th staging.
Run by 30 volunteers, the free CoderDojo sessions include a variety of activities for a range of ages and abilities. Software used includes Scratch, Minetest and Python and the children use laptops, tablets and Raspberry Pi computers donated by Google.
At CoderDojos, young people between 5 and 17 years learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs and games. In addition to learning to code, members meet like-minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and share ideas. The average age of participants in Manchester is 10.4 years and there is a 60:40 split between boys and girls.
CoderDojo holds 371 Dojos in 41 countries worldwide including 146 in the UK alone. Manchester’s CoderDojo has been running since December 2012 and due to its success moved into The Sharp Project eight months ago with the support of social enterprise SharpFutures.
Commenting on CoderDojo Manchester, Founder Steven Flower, said: “It’s incredible how quickly the Manchester CoderDojo has grown and how popular it has become. Tickets go within two hours of sending out the newsletter. We have a waiting list and could easily have 500 attendees at each session . The Campus at The Sharp Project is ideal as we create an environment more akin to a youth club than a school. It’s a perfect space for parents to learn with their kids and teenagers to hang out. I can’t believe we have bigger sessions than places likeSydney and Tokyo. What’s great is that some of the volunteers are setting up Dojos in other places such as Bolton, Burnage and Wilmslow. We want Coderdojo to grow and reach as many children as possible so the more that are established, the better.”
Eugene McDonough, HWF / CoderDojo COO: “It’s incredible how the Manchester Dojo has grown so rapidly. I visited it recently and I was extremely impressed with the way it is run. They have got our ethos exactly right.”