Coder Dojo 906 community coding class teaches youth about programming

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - A volunteer based coding class for kids was offered Wednesday in Northern Michigan University's Seaborg Center.

Coder Dojo 906 focuses on kids between the ages of 5 and 17. Wednesday's lesson featured different coding programs and languages such as 'Scratcher' and 'Python'. Students in the class used these programs to make a game based off of the classic mobile game “Fruit Ninja”. One section of the class was able to create using 3D printers.

“Kids are all familiar with how to use technology, but less familiar with how to actually put it to use,” said Keith Glendon, Instructor. “So, rather than gaming and spending time on screens that is just aimed at entertainment, what we’re trying to do here is to make sure that kids are learning how to use technology to a valuable outcome.”

It's not too late to sign your kids up if interested. You can register here at the Coder Dojo 906 Facebook page. Spots fill up fast, so register in advance.