coderdojoCoderDojo is a global movement that teaches kids aged 7-17 yrs how to code. The not-for-profit organisation was  founded by James Whelton and Bill Liao from Ireland in 2011. Since then,  people have been setting up CodeDojo all around the world.

VersionOne developer Josh Gough has started the CoderDojo Ponce Springs, which kicks off this weekend in Midtown Atlanta.

“In a CoderDojo, kids unleash their curiosity and creativity,” Gough said. “Adult mentors assist and encourage, but kids quickly start teaching each other, spreading their excitement to their peers. Thousands of kids in more than 200 Dojos around the world are learning to code today. We can’t wait to see what Atlanta’s kids create!”

Nearly 50 children are signed up for the kick-off session Saturday, June 29 at 2pm ET. Sessions are held twice a month in VersionOne’s Midtown office space and are open to all Metro Atlanta youth. Kids will learn how to code, develop Web sites, apps, programs, games and more from a network of volunteer mentors from around the Atlanta coding community who have passed a professional background check funded by the VersionOne Foundation. Parents/guardians are required to remain in attendance when they bring kids under age 13.

“In addition to giving young people a great learning opportunity regardless of their economic situations, the most important goal is to make sure these kids have an awesome time,” said VersionOne CTO Ian Culling.

CoderDojo Ponce Springs is funded by the VersionOne Foundation and grants from the local community. To learn more about CoderDojo Ponce Springs and register for any of the sessions, visit http://www.meetup.com/CoderDojoPonceSprings/.

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