Around forty young cyber ‘ninjas’ from Portarlington Coder Dojo club are exhibiting projects in the RDS this week, at the Coolest Projects show during Tech Week.
It is the first time for the young club to visit the event, which showcases over 500 projects created by ninjas from all over Ireland and Europe.
Mentor Mark Gavin says his ninjas have worked hard on their projects.
“Some of them have built 3d games, creating virtual worlds where players can explore an African Savanah or inspect a scary derelict castle. There is also a mobile application built using phonegap which scans QR codes and updates an online database. They’re really looking forward to sampling the atmosphere and getting involved in such a big coding day,” he said.
Organisers of ‘the Coolest Project’ are coming to visit Portarlington with their project roadshow on May 9.
“They’re bringing along their own drone copter and will give the ninjas a pep talk to get them going,” said Mark.
The club began just three years ago to plug into and develop computer and creative skills of children. It is almost at capacity with 100 members, and have introduced three new classes including scratch robo wars.
“We now have full classes led by the ninjas themselves and they are starting to build really cool tech projects as their proficiency improves. While we do have a waiting list we are always looking to get more kids involved and for volunteers. They don’t need a technical background, a lot of our mentors have been trained up by us, and there is other work like organising presentations and finance,” he said.
The group will hold a summercamp again in July.
“It was great fun last year. We hope to have all the favourites again like lego mindstorm and makeymakey,” Mark said, thanking Portarlington Credit Union for their sponsorship.