Kids who code

by Amy Lewis

Published 30/06/2015 | 00:00

Darragh Rattigan O'Neill, Jack Howell and Barry Powderly.
Darragh Rattigan O'Neill, Jack Howell and Barry Powderly.
Nathan Daniel.
Elliot Doyle and Christopher Hill.
Saoirse Kearney and Adam Quinn.
Jackie and Mary Byrne.

Members of the Wexford Coderdojo group showcased their websites and games at the Wexworld Festival in White's of Wexford.

The children, aged between seven and 14, initially created their projects for the Coderdojo Coolest Projects Awards, which took place in the RDS on June 13.

According to Carol Faughnan, champion of the local club, the presentation of the projects in Wexford was almost more exciting than the Dublin event as it drew local attention to the next generation of programmers and app developers.

'These kids are fast becoming the next generation of adults to bring innovation to our county, both to make Wexford more competitive nationally and Ireland competitive internationally,' she said.

Projects showcased on the day included a road safety website and a random animal hybrid generator.

Members of the club attend volunteer-run meetings each Saturday in CBS Primary school. According to Carol, the children are 'naturally fluent' in computers.

'Their thirst to keep learning is remarkable,' she added.

The Coderdojo in Wexford Town celebrated its first year in March. There are currently 80 members enlisted in the club, along with 15 mentors. At present, the majority of the club's members are male but efforts are being made to encourage more females to join.

'It's extremely important for girls to get involved with coding and programming,' she said. 'The future is computer programming no matter what industry they will find themselves in.'

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