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Training available to deliver OurKidsCode Workshops

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The OurKidsCode team are providing free training for parties interested in delivering the OurKidsCode workshops. The next session will take place on the 8th of December 2018 at Trinity College Dublin. The training will prepare you to apply the OurKidsCode model with families that you work with. Applicants should be already be working with families with primary-aged children and have at opportunity to run workshops in a venue and time that such families can attend. This may be in the context of a local primary school, a CoderDojo, a community centre or even one family’s home, where they can invite one or two others. The aim is to encourage the families to sustain further meetings independently, although your support may be sought from time to time!

To apply please complete the application form by Thursday 29th November and we will let you know if there is a place as soon as possible after that.

OurKidsCode Launch

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At the OurKidsCode Launch, (ltr) Mags Amond (EU Code Week), Nina Bresnihan (TCD),
Stephen Howell (Microsoft), Áine Lynch (NPC), and Julie Power (EU Code Week)

The formal launch of OurKidsCode took place at Microsoft’s DreamSpace on Saturday 6th October. We gathered together the teams from Trinity College and the National Parent’s Council along with some of the families that have participated and lots of our friends and supporters.

Families and supporters at the OurKidsCode launch

Earlier in the day, at the same venue, the NPC’s team of trainers were introduced to the workshops that they will be delivering in creative computing for families. Their training included taking part in a workshop themselves and observation of a small group of families engaging in such a workshop.

Working together at the OurKidsCode family workshop

We’d like to thank everyone who was involved in making the day a big success: Microsoft for being such great hosts, the NPC trainers for their patience and enthusiasm, the fabulous families who got stuck in to the activity, our steering committee, and all our other supporters including the ones that couldn’t make it on the day.

OurKidsCode meets the Minister for Education

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Minister for Education Richard Bruton TD with OurKidsCode Kids

Today, Friday 5th October, we brought some of our young participants along to meet the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton TD at the Department of Education and Skills where he shared his enthusiasm for teaching children coding skills.

OurKidsCode Survey

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UPDATE 15/08/18: Trinity College Dublin and the National Parents Council would like to thank those of you who participated in their 'Parents and Computing 2018 Survey'. The survey is now closed.

OurKidsCode have issued a survey to parents and children to find out some more information about their current level of knowledge, familiarity and confidence with computer technology, so that they can develop materials that will make a difference. We would really appreciate it if you and your child/children would complete the surveys (links below).

PARENT SURVEY

CHILD SURVEY

If you have any questions please contact us. The closing date for the surveys is the 6th of July 2018.

Introducing OurKidsCode at Coolest Projects 2018

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OurKidsCode have been invited to present at the flagship CoderDojo event Coolest Projects 2018 which is taking place in the RDS, Dublin, on the 26 May 2018.

We are delighted to be supporting their aim of increasing awareness among educators, parents and the general public about the benefits of learning how to be creative by harnessing the power of technology.