ATLANTA, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VersionOne, recognized by agile practitioners as the leader in agile project management tools, this weekend kicks off a Midtown Atlanta-based chapter of CoderDojo, a free and open learning lab to teach youth (Ages 7-17) how to code and get excited about the future of software programming.
Founded by VersionOne Developer Josh Gough, CoderDojo Ponce Springs is part of a global movement that provides a safe and fun environment where kids gain skills in software engineering – a job market projected to grow 30 percent by 2020 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
"In a CoderDojo, kids unleash their curiosity and creativity," Gough said. "Adult mentors assist and encourage, but kids quickly start teaching each other, spreading their excitement to their peers. Thousands of kids in more than 200 Dojos around the world are learning to code today. We can't wait to see what Atlanta's kids create!"
Nearly 50 children are signed up for the kick-off session Saturday, June 29 at 2pm ET. Sessions are held twice a month in VersionOne's Midtown office space and are open to all Metro Atlanta youth. Kids will learn how to code, develop Web sites, apps, programs, games and more from a network of volunteer mentors from around the Atlanta coding community who have passed a professional background check funded by the VersionOne Foundation. Parents/guardians are required to remain in attendance when they bring kids under Age 13.
"In addition to giving young people a great learning opportunity regardless of their economic situations, the most important goal is to make sure these kids have an awesome time," said VersionOne CTO Ian Culling.
CoderDojo Ponce Springs is funded by the VersionOne Foundation and grants from the local community. To learn more about CoderDojo Ponce Springs and register for any of the sessions, visit http://www.meetup.com/CoderDojoPonceSprings/. For information on making a contribution contact HR@VersionOne.com.
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