Free coding lessons for kids? Heck yeah, CoderDojo Denver is from Denver!

October 24, 2016
in Kids

Provided by CoderDojo DenverLearning to code is not about homework at CoderDojo Denver. The volunteer-run organization gives children a chance to get inspired by what they can create on a computer.

To fill the hiring needs of the tech and cybersecurity industries, advocates say train people younger! The volunteer-run CoderDojo Denver is doing just that with free sessions for children ages 7 to 18, although co-founder Ann Spoor said that one girl who joined at age 6 is progressing quite nicely. The organization began in Cork, Ireland, in 2011, led by an 18-year-old coder, to teach other students the basics of HTML and CSS. Spoor helped launch the Denver chapter a few years ago and has a team of volunteers (ie: parents) helping children create HTML webpages and developing games using Python. “Our goal is not to churn out programmers. Our goal is to spark the kids’ interest in technology and to spark their curiosity,” she said. But it’s more than just learning how to code. Spoor said she had suggested the 6-year-old’s father look into a typing-tutor program, and he responded, “”Actually, this is helping her learn to read,'” Spoor said. “We are so focused on getting kids to learn HTML, CSS and Javascript, but this is helping her gain social skills and learn to read instructions, letters and put it all together herself.”

Headquarters: Meets Saturdays during the school year at Regis University, Annex A-2, Room A185, 3333 Regis Blvd. in Denver. Sessions are 1 to 3 p.m. Check

Founded: 2012

Founders: Ann Spoor and Shari Plantz-Masters (Dean of College of Computer and Information Sciences at Regis University)

Employees: 12 volunteers

Contact: 720-231-2231

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