June 26, 2016
Ruby on reo for school coders
Code Club Aotearoa has teamed up with South Island iwi Ngai Tahu to help school children incorporate Maori language and ideas in their computer coding.
The charity’s volunteers work with primary schools to help children learn to code.
Co-founder Michael Trengrove says Christchurch school Te Whanau Tahi wants to engage its students in computer science and programming in ways that allow them to create and tell their own cultural experiences.
The project involves two full day workshops for students followed by a term of Code Club sessions.
There are also professional development opportunities for the teachers.
Code Club worked with Ngai Tahu to develop coding projects such as creating animated scenes of the iwi’s creation story, using local landmarks and historical figures..
It now wants to roll the project out to seven more schools in Te Waipounamu that have a Ngai Tahu association.
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