Ever heard of a CoderDojo neither had I till a few months ago, but they seem to have really taken off in Ireland and it’s brilliant to see happening. For those unaware what they are :
CoderDojo is a global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology
There are more and more events happening each month not only in Ireland but all over the world so if you wanted to bring your child along there is an opportunity to do so. Not only that they are always looking for mentors, while that’s not me I know many of developers who are good at explaining how things are done in an easy way to understand. It’s meant to be fun and encouraging kids to learn how to develop.
The coderdojo Divas in Limerick is a new twist to the event, wanting more girls to take part as they noticed the numbers were a bit lower with girls, they have decided to run this event at the same time. I think it’s great and always looking to get more girls involved in technology if we need to tweak events we should do so! Best of luck to all of those involved. I wished these events were around when I was growing up…
I’m in Ireland for 3 weeks in October due to conference and family events taking place, I thought I’d make good use of the time here.
I rang my old secondary school Laurell Hill, FCJ and spoke to the guidance counsellor, we have in Ireland a year called transition year (16/17 year olds), a year after one set of state exams called the Junior Cert and before students get ready to star a 2 year syllabus called Leaving Cert to get into University. I wanted to talk to them about my career, open source, Ubuntu and how they could look at using Ubuntu during this year. I know they get research projects during the year, for those who want to use Irish more, they could look at Irish Translations.
I thought this would be a nice way to give back to my school and also at the same time show people something new they may never hear of till college, also maybe some ideas on where careers and hobbies can lead you.
So on October 24th I’ll be speaking to 3 classes, 40 students in each for 3 hours, in classrooms I use to be in. Many of the teachers I had are still there so this could be interesting to be there again! I’m looking forward to this, and if anyone has any ideas on what to mention or how to get students involved leave me a comment! Thanks
It’s official there is an Ubuntu Global jam happening in Ireland taking place in Limerick. It will take place on Friday 3rd March from 9 to 5 in the University of Limerick in the students union room 3. If anyone have trouble finding the room they can call me (Andru) on 0863943115 and I can come meet them. All are welcome, even you you don’t program you can still help out in a big way.There will also be people hanging out in #ubuntu-ie on irc if you want to drop by and if enough people are interested we can do a google hangout for those who are not around.