Technology has received a strong focus with the BC School Curriculum changes this year, along with collaboration, critical thinking and communication; all deemed essential components in preparing students for success in an ever evolving world. Add to this the increased interest from the younger generation to delve into coding, robotics and game design and you have the ideal formula for a unique and relevant local club.
Introducing CoderDojo, a partnership between Mission Literacy in Motion and the Fraser Valley Regional Library to bring mentors together with children aged 8 to 12 once a week, for 2 hours of partly structured technology know how. It is the brainchild of Ginny Conroy, a volunteer Facilitator who brought the idea and skills to the table. There are 11 students enrolled in the current program, 5 of which are girls, which is a great balance for an industry looking to increase the number of women in the workforce.
The main focus is to give kids a taste of various technology based applications with each child then given the opportunity to determine the direction they want to go in. They will brainstorm, create, design and problem solve and can continue coming back to the program to see their efforts come to fruition. The mentors vary and could be a Grade 10 peer support, graduate student, parent or IT professional. As well as time, the program is also looking for anyone who can donate equipment, like old laptops.
The pilot program is currently running and is already deemed a success as the waitlist grows, without the program even being advertised. So if you have the time, tools, equipment or connections please contact the program at firstname.lastname@example.org as we continue to build our “Tech Starts Here” platform for Mission.
Mission Literacy in Motion hosts a series of free programs throughout the year including adult literacy including one-to one tutoring, ESL and small group learning as well as family literacy programs including the long running Reading Buddies, Homework Club and family nights. For more info: www.literacyinmission.org
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Author Benjamin Franklin