Speaking at the launch of this year’s CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards for 2015, Noel King said the awards have given hundreds of kids a platform to succeed that wouldn’t have been available otherwise.
The recent awards launch at CHQ in Dublin’s Docklands saw dozens of young CoderDojo prodigies turn up to not only celebrate a competition that gives kids the chance of creating amazing projects that can have an effect on real life, but are also a lot of fun to create.
Demonstrating some of the coolest projects, King witnessed a number of CoderDojo kids write the programming to make a drone do flips, turns and other acrobatics in front of all those who attended the launch.
As the Coolest Projects leader and champion at CoderDojo Dublin City University, King has seen the awards grow from just 15 entries in 2011 to an anticipated 500 entries this year.
Also this year, King told Siliconrepublic.com, he’s very much looking forward to seeing how the kids fare with the OpenNet innovator stage, where the kids will actually be able to pitch their ideas to the audience down at the RDS in Dublin.
Speaking of the kids’ achievements with respect to the drone spectacular at the launch, King said, “To write code and make something move on the screen, the children think is amazing, but to write code and make something fly around a room, that takes things to a whole new level.”