Clonakilty CoderDojo EXPO – An event celebrating a very bright future for 60+ young coders

On the 8th May CoderDojo Clonakilty hosted its 3rd EXPO at the Quality Hotel to celebrate the achievements of all the kids who have been attending CoderDojo and allow them the opportunity to showcase their projects, games, apps, websites, robotics and much more to their friends, families and special guests. It was also an opportunity to celebrate CoderDojo Clonakilty’s 3rd Birthday.

Over 65 Young Coders were in attendance and presented their projects ranging from lots of great Scratch games and animations, Lusitania and Fashion/Self-esteem websites  amongst others, an electronic home-made guitar, a human Makey-Makey circuit and 3D Modelling/Printing.

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One of our special guests for the evening was Con McCarthy from the European Space Agency who was very impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of all the young coders in the room and spoke to all the kids about his experiences working in the ESA. His audience were clearly mesmerised by his tales and the seed was planted for a number of potential space engineers that evening.  Con stressed the importance of pursuing STEM subjects for their futures and the benefits CoderDojo provides to our local community.

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Our Mayor of Clonakilty Colette Twomey was also in attendance and presented a number of awards on the evening. Colette was clearly delighted with what she saw at the EXPO and was impressed with the technical knowledge and ability of such a young group of people. Colette was also very happy to see a number of very capable young girls involved at CoderDojo and highlighted the importance of continuing to attract more girls to CoderDojo and to Science and Technology in general.

As well as celebrating the achievements of the children, the night was also about thanking those that make CoderDojo possible each week —David Henry, Irene O’Callaghan and all the staff at the Quality Hotel for providing a great space for the Dojo each week, Trevor Kingston of HighResolution who kindly provides all our printing including the 3D variety and of course the mentors who provide their valuable time free of charge each week.

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The event, sponsored by SouthWestern, was also an opportunity to show more local businesses and IT professionals what CoderDojo is about in an effort to urge more to participate as mentors and in other support roles. The USB bands were sponsored by SouthWestern who were represented by Peadar Murphy on the evening. Peadar is also looking forward to recruiting a number of our CoderDojo graduates in the future.

Click here to view more photos from the event – GALLERY

CoderDojo Clonakilty is taking a break for the Summer.  Sessions will start back in early September at the Quality Hotel. Notifications will be sent to schools and mailing list. In the meantime keep an eye on https://coderdojowestcork.wordpress.com. For more information contact clonakilty@coderdojo.com

Quality Hotel Clonakilty & CoderDojo – a perfect combination!

What a wonderful endorsement we received from the Quality Hotel in Clonakilty this week. We are incredibly fortunate to have the Quality Hotel as our venue each week for CoderDojo and we are immensely grateful to David Henry, Irene O’Callaghan and all the team at the Quality for their continued support.

“The Quality hotel is in a winning location. Clonakilty is Ireland’s first fair-trade town, a tidy town and a European Destination of Excellence. More than this, it is unique for pursuing quirky initiatives and unique festivals with a community spirit that is unrivalled.

When the local CoderDojo group came to the hotel to convince us to provide them with a meeting room facility once a week, we were intrigued. Coder what? “Lots of young people writing code”. Right…hmmm…well…that sounds lovely???

So a bit of research later, we were a little more intrigued but convinced and we decided let’s give it a try.
Now two years later, we welcome the familiar sight of young children and adults arriving on a Friday evening, laptops in hand. They bring a vibe to the hotel, a slightly crazy sort of buzz that something exciting is happening!

Mums and Dads chat over a cup of coffee while watching, still slightly mesmerised, as their kids make it look so easy, writing code and completing projects that are so clever, so cool.

The CoderDojo team have produced our Christmas ecard, given us brilliant exposure on twitter and other social media channels and we are now working together to develop an app for the hotel to promote our special offers. On a Friday evening when the CoderDojo meeting is done, some families enjoy a meal in the hotel and the discussions and creativity continue. Our hotel tagline is “We’re big on the little things” and CoderDojo couldn’t be a truer ambassador of this.”

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On behalf of all the CoderDojo kids, mentors and parents that attend CoderDojo each week at the Quality Hotel we would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH!!