OurKidsCode ( http://www.ourkidscode.ie/) is a joint project between the School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the National Parents Council (Primary) (NPC) funded by Science Foundation Ireland's (SFI) Discover programme.
It aims to support parents/guardians who wish to develop their primary-school children's interest and activity in computing. This will be done through the provision of family creative coding workshops designed and developed by TCD to build the confidence and competence for families to sustain further meetings. This initial input may be delivered by someone like you or through the NPC’s national training network.
What to expectThe training workshop 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 - we have found after school works well. 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!
If selected, you will be an active participant in developing your capacity to deliver the initial OurKidsCode creative computing workshops, by going through the process for yourself. After the workshop there will be time to ask questions, discuss and reflect on the activities and contribute your ideas and experience.
Nina Bresnihan, Glenn Strong, Lorraine Fisher and Richard Millwood (TCD) Áine Lynch (National Parents Council)
Contact: Richard Millwood, firstname.lastname@example.org