Press release

Young people in Stevenage invited to join first ever IET coding club

11 April 2016

Young people in the Stevenage area can learn how to code and develop websites, apps, programs and games at a new coding club organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

The initiative, named CoderDojo, is part of a global movement to help promote engineering and technology to young people.

Jo Foster, IET Member Engagement Manager and lead of the CoderDojo club at the IET, said: “We’re really excited to host the first ever CoderDojo club for young people in the local community. Here, young people between 7 and 17 can explore technology in an informal and creative environment, as well as meeting people with similar interests and learning about the possibilities of technology.”

The first CoderDojo club event is taking place on Saturday 30 April between 14:00 – 17:00 at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Stevenage office, Michael Faraday House (MFH). Further events will be held once a month at MFH on a Saturday for one year as a pilot scheme. The CoderDojo club is free of charge to attend and is a first come first serve basis.

CoderDojo events are a part of a ground-breaking collaboration with the BBC micro:bit and 29 other partners, including the IET. The landmark BBC micro: bit is a pocket-sized computer which will be given to every year 7 child in the UK for free in order to inspire digital creativity and develop a new generation of tech pioneers.

To register for the first CoderDojo event in Stevenage, please visit Eventbrite.

Media enquiries to:
Rebecca Gillick, External Communications Executive
T: +44 (0)1438 765 618
M: +44 (0)7725 498 129
E: rgillick@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most interdisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. Energy, transport, manufacturing, information and communications, and the built environment: the IET covers them all.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
  • We want to build the profile of engineering and change outdated perceptions about engineering in order to tackle the skills gap. This includes encouraging more women to become engineers and growing the number of engineering apprentices.
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