It’s becoming clear in many school districts that elementary school students want more coding classes. Programs in school, after school, and online fill up very quickly with enthusiastic students.
In Minnesota, many students are forming software coding clubs, attending coding camps, and even participating in organized events known as CoderDojos. At a CoderDojo event, programming savvy students are leading a high tech demand that has schools scrambling to provide classes in developing software, apps, games, and websites.
According to Rebecca Schatz, founder of Code Savvy, a local nonprofit working to expand coding opportunities for kids. “It’s entrepreneurial, it’s progressive, it’s where the jobs are. Coding is cool. We are witnessing a massive change in how the world views coding.”
CoderDojo Twin Cities is the biggest event of its kind in the United States. It typically fills up minutes after registration opens, and is Held bimonthly at the University of Minnesota. Students can learn how to build websites, software, apps, and write programs for Minecraft, the gaming program.
“There’s a real spectrum of interests among the kids that show up here,” said Matt Gray, one of the event’s co-founders. “We’ll meet kids here who almost certainly are going to become a software engineer in the future. And we’ll meet kids who are new to it all and really just interested in some of the more creative aspects of programming. This is a place where it all can happen.”