Generous donation to help Brisbane kids to code

A generous donation by GBST of laptops and robotics kits will broaden access to Brisbane City Council’s CoderDojo program, where kids learn important digital skills for the future.

CoderDojo Brisbane kicked off its 2018 Term 1 program across seven locations, with the fresh “coding ninjas” ready to develop apps, build websites and learn to code.

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Photo: Coding ‘ninjas’ Ruby and Joseph showing off their new digital skills.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the donation would help increase the reach of the program to Brisbane youth who may not have been able to participate in the past.

“CoderDojo Brisbane was introduced five years ago with the goal of encouraging more children to code and we’ve since helped more than 3500 children through the program,” Cr Quirk said.

“The program is free but does require kids to bring their own laptop, so the donation is an appreciated addition to our 2018 program. The laptops will be supplied to children without one, so kids who could not normally attend have that opportunity.

“Demand for digital skills will only continue to grow and it’s important that as a city we provide programs to help nurture the next generation of digital leaders.”

The donation from Brisbane-based business, GBST, includes laptops and robotics kits which will be used across the seven CoderDojo locations in 2018.

Brisbane Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson said the robotics kits would also broaden the scope of the program.

“CoderDojo has been a great success to date and the robotics kits will be another fun and engaging element for the program this year, which is thanks to the generosity of GBST,” Ms Matson said.

“The digital landscape is constantly evolving and it makes sense to have kids explore new digital technologies, like robotics, from an early age.

“CoderDojo is about teaching our ‘coding ninjas’ to be creators of technology and not just consumers of it, so kids become equipped with digital literacy skills of benefit for their future.”

Term 1 of CoderDojo Brisbane will be held at Brisbane Square, Wynnum, Chermside, Sunnybank Hills, Kenmore, Holland Park and Carindale libraries.

CoderDojo is an initiative of Brisbane Marketing’s Digital Brisbane program. For more information, visit coderdojobrisbane.com.au.

FACT BOX - CoderDojo Brisbane at a glance 

  • CoderDojo Brisbane is a free and open non-profit movement enabling kids aged 7-17 to learn to code.
  • The first CoderDojo Brisbane started as a pilot program in 2013 and has since grown to teach more than 3500 kids to code. 
  • CoderDojo sessions will run each Saturday during school terms and go for two hours. 
  • Mentors work their way around the room to assist participants with coding and their projects. 
  • Participants under the age of 16 must have a parent with them at all times. 
  • Participants and volunteer mentors are free to register for as many sessions as they are able to, however a minimum of four-week blocks is recommended.