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CoderDojo sets up in Parliament

April 4, 2014 3:16 PM

MP for Carshalton and Wallington Tom Brake joined coders at a CoderDojo in Westminster and met keen games coders from Carshalton College as well as CoderDojo co-founder Bill Liao.

On Monday 31st March 2014, CoderDojo set up in Parliament for one day only. Parliamentarians were able to see how young people learn to code and watch one of the Dojos, held globally, in action.

Tom first started his working career as a programmer using a language called Mumps (working on commercial systems for banks, firms of solicitors, housing associations), although he had his first taste of coding as a 12 year old at school.

Mr. Brake said: "As the UK is faced with a shortage of IT professionals, developing coding skills in young people is critical to the UK's future economic success.

"I am delighted that coding has been added to the school curriculum. Coding is a simple skill that so many companies crave."

Billionaire tech moguls such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft's Bill Gates recently claimed that there is such high demand for coders in their industry.

CoderDojos are hosted by businesses and give young people between 5 and 17 the opportunity to come together for a couple of hours a week to learn how to code, develop websites, games and more as part of a fun and sociable experience.

People who start Dojos are often referred to as Champions within the CoderDojo community. Champions are passionate, dedicated individuals or groups of people who want to give children the opportunity how to code. If you want to become a Champion and set up a Dojo in your local community visit www.coderdojo.com/get-involved for five clear steps that help you to get started.

There are currently around 150 CoderDojos in the UK with one located right on our doorstep at Carshalton College. The Dojo is free and for everyone whatever their level from newbie to Ninja! Macs and PCs are provided or you can take your own.

The next one will be held on Saturday 5th April 2014 between 10.00-15.00. You can book here www.carshalton.ac.uk/news/coderdojo_courses.

To learn more about CoderDojos, visit www.coderdojo.com.

Tom working hard at his PC

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