August 17, 2016
Mash up to inspire young techies
The organiser of the country’s largest coding mash up for tamariki says it’s important to get more young Maori interested in studying technology.
Code Club Aotearoa is bringing 350 9 to 12 year-olds from 30 Wellington schools to Te Papa tomorrow to work with 50 mentors using coding, data tools and their imaginations to solve real world problems.
Michael Trengrove says the information technology sector is crying out for workers but too few New Zealand children are opting to study the courses that will out them on track for an interesting and lucrative career.
There may be a shift happening but it needs help.
"You could call it an awakening and a growing awareness of the need to have our young people taught the skills that will enable them to walk into 21st century jobs. It is an exciting time and as an organisation and a charity we want to be there to support and enable and help groups and iwi alike impart these skills to their youth," Mr Trengrove says.
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