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On Wednesday 17th October the 6th annual EU Dojo event was held in the European Parliament in Brussels.

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the importance of coding skills, foster an interest in coding among the public and ultimately improve digital creativity and skills.

 

Killester BNS Coderdojo were selected to participate along with young coders who travelled from Italy, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Moldova, Romania, Belgium, Spain and Portugal to showcase their coding skills and creativity to an audience of Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s).

A group of eight students and three teachers from our school made the trip. We had an early start as we had to be at the airport for 5am! Luckily we were all there on time – a special thanks to everyone who made this possible. From the airport we made our way to the parliament building, which as you might know from seeing it on the news, is an impressive and imposing structure.

We were shown to the relevant auditorium where we had the opportunity to speak with coders from the other countries who had also made the trip.

It was Irish MEP, Seán Kelly (The former president of the GAA),  who opened the event. He spoke about the pride he felt in this special event and how enjoyable he and his fellow MEP’s find it. He also spoke of the importance of coding and the urgent need to boost digital skills. Other contributors spoke of the importance of coding skills in solving real world problems.

After the introductions, our students became the teachers and taught the MEP’s programming skills. Our students were even able to get some of the MEP’s to create basic computer games.

The MEP’s were hugely impressed with the boys and their ability to impart their knowledge.

All who attended had a great day and will take many wonderful memories from it. There was a great energy and spirit of collaboration at the event, with people sharing ideas, approaches and experiences.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to making it possible for us to attend. The boys were a credit to themselves, their families and the school.