The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so.
The network of social computer programming clubs (dojos) motivate young people (ninjas) to be creators, and not just consumers of technology. Dojos are uniquely informal and unstructured social learning environments that free creativity and the initiative of ninjas as self-directed learners.
Ninjas create, solve problems and collaborate whilst building a range of digital projects. Think building and choreographing dancing robots, 3D printing, sensors and code, animation, 3D game design, game creation and podcast interviews.
Sessions are guided by our Curtin student mentors, each studying computer science, software engineering or cyber security. The help of experienced guides allows ninjas to avoid the early pitfalls and get a leg up on obstacles. We also welcome parents interested in programming to come along and code alongside the children.
The dojo operates in the Curtin computer labs on Saturday mornings. In Semester 1, it will run 10.00am to 11.30am every Saturday from 18 February to 8 April.
For more general information about AASQA CoderDojos and opportunities for starting one in your area, please contact the head of the Autism Academy of Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) Professor Tele Tan T.Tan@curtin.edu.au