CoderDojo is bringing out a book this summer as its growing, positive influence on the coding education of youngsters around the world continues unabated.
Paper. Isn’t. Dead. The wonderful children’s coding initiative – and now global movement – CoderDojo is publishing the first of three planned ‘Nano’ books this July – initial pricing is £9.99 (around €12.50).
In this handbook, readers will find clear, step-by-step instructions, followed up by open-ended prompts and challenges that encourage the reader to take the initiative.
Its coming 🙂 https://t.co/IKRrtucuGU
— Bill Liao ☯ (@liaonet) March 29, 2016
Bill Liao, co-founder of CoderDojo, writes the introduction to what is part one in a series of three books that will be released over the course of one year.
Egmont Publishing – which is behind a Minecraft book series – has partnered up with CoderDojo to get the first edition onto the shelves, with the entire set supporting children as they take their first steps to creating their own website, learning to code using Java and modding games.
CoderDojo’s growth has been remarkable. Beginning back in 2011 with a modest school project and, back in January, growing big enough to make a celebrity-endorsed impact at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Look who I met at #CoderDojoDavos – @iamwill #n.i.am.h pic.twitter.com/NKoQNSANSA
— Niamh Scanlon (@niamhscanlonirl) January 21, 2016
The organisation has grown to more than 900 separate dojos around the world, in 63 different countries, taking in the likes of Uganda, Uzbekistan and Madagascar as three of the newer locations. Madagascar, by the way, has a CoderDojo bus that drives around, stacked with working laptops, so children can learn to code in different parts of the country.
But the July publication is the next major move by the group and, if I was one to judge a book by its cover, then one like this would get the thumbs up.
Disclosure: Bill Liao is an investor with SOSV Partners, which is an investor in Silicon Republic