CoderDojo, a volunteer led community of free programming clubs for youth, started in Ireland seven years ago and has grown to over 450 Dojos around the world. The movement started locally in 2015, when co-champions Nancy Vellucci and Anastasia Underwood, youth services librarian, started the Safety Harbor CoderDojo chapter.
At CoderDojo, kids from 7 to 17 learn how to code, develop websites and apps, games, and explore technology in a fun, collaborative environment focusing on creativity. Participants share their accomplishments, learning not only to code, but to communicate effectively.
The program is organized, run and mentored by volunteers. In 2016, Identifi, a technology company headquartered in Safety Harbor partnered with the Library to provide CoderDojo with additional mentors and curriculum development. In 2017, Identifi provided funding to increase bandwidth at the library to accommodate the 50+ participants attending the popular program.
The next six week session of CoderDojo starts on January 22. For more information and to sign up, visit: www.shcoderdojo.com or call the Youth Services Department, 727-724-1525 x4118.