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The young to learn programming and Arduino within the fourth edition of the Coder Dojo Workshops, hosted by Telekom

  • Over 70 children and young attendants during the 2015-2016 school year
  • 3 simultaneous workshops open for children – for beginner programmers, advanced programmers and Arduino beginners
  • The workshops are initiated, run and developed by volunteers

 

Over 70 children and young aged between 7 and 16 years old registered to the fourth edition of the Coder Dojo Bucharest North Workshops hosted by Telekom Romania, where they will study programming and computer assisted electronics, based on the Arduino development platform. The workshops are organized for free throughout the 2015-2016 school year and include training sessions for beginner programmers, but also for the young who already gathered experience within last years’ Dojos and want to upgrade their programming or Arduino knowledge. The attending children and young are coordinated by volunteering mentors from the business environment or independent specialists who want to get involved in the young generation’s education.

 

Thus, the beginner-programmers group, with 50 children, will study introductory programming notions through two platforms customized for children (Khan Academy and Scratch), but also useful details for various programming languages, depending on their interest. The advanced programmers, with up to 4 years of activity within the Dojo, will focus on developing their own projects, such as games, websites, versions for the Minecraft game, as well as mobile terminals applications.

 

The third workshop is specialized in Arduino (computer assisted electronics) and prepares the future experts in the Internet of Things technology. The workshop is open to children aged at least 12 years old, who will learn from scratch both the hardware elements (simple electronic circuits, with sensors, LEDs, engines, speakers, all of them regulated by the microcontroller from the Arduino platform) and programming (the language for the Arduino platform is based on C/C++).

 

The Arduino workshop was launched last year as part of the Coder Dojo Bucharest North program, as the first workshop of this kind in Romania. The theoretical notions on programming and electronic circuits principles are completed by practical aspects (from the physics and mathematics studied by children in school) based on the kits provided for free by RoboFun, an online robotics shop. All in all, 8 children will participate to this year’s Arduino workshop and thus continue the studies they began during the 2014 edition of the program.

 

Bucharest North @Telekom Romania is the oldest Dojo of its kind in Romania, with 4 years activity, and consists of monthly meetings, in the last Saturday of each month, in a space offered by Telekom Romania, which provides logistical support and Internet connections. Anyone can join the Coder Dojo platform, as a volunteering mentor or by starting his/ her own Dojo. Moreover, this year, the young who attended the previous editions of the program got involved in the children’s education by becoming mentors themselves.

 

Coder Dojo is an international movement initiated in Ireland in 2011 aiming at offering the interested children a context for learning programming in an informal environment, through regular sessions, outside the school curriculum. Within Coder Dojo, children study programming and learn to develop websites, applications, programs, games and many others. The Dojos are initiated, run and developed by volunteers.

 

There are currently 19 such workshops in Romania – in Arad, Bucharest (2), Călărași, Chișinău, Cluj-Napoca, Dumbrăvița, Iași (2), Lipova, Lugoj, Moșnița Nouă, Oradea, Siret and Timișoara (5). All the Dojos are permanently open to volunteers.

 

For further details please visit: www.coderdojo.ro.



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