CoderDojo Kickoff rings in three years of success

Kids of all ages came together to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Posted: Aug 25, 2018 9:15 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2018 12:39 AM

West Lafayette, IND. (WLFI) - The local CoderDojo club kicked off its third year, Saturday at The Anvil on Purdue's campus.

Kids of all ages came to learn more about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

They got the chance to get their hands on some of this technology, including demonstrations from the Purdue Drone Racing club.

The purpose of CoderDojo is to provide a place for people who love everything STEM to come together.

When sisters Doonyah and Farah Alucozai realized there wasn’t an outlet for people like them to share and grown their knowledge of coding, they took matters into their own hands.

“We realized that there really is a need for STEM education in West Lafayette,” said Doonyah, co-founder of CoderDojo Anvil. “We found that my sister and I could provide that help and we could help kids learn how to code.”

Doonyah, who is now a junior in high school, said when they first started, they were expecting a small amount of people to show up. Then over 100 people came to their first kickoff event in 2015.

She said her and her sister are passionate about providing these opportunities for young kids, especially young girls. Considering there are far fewer women working in STEM industries compared to men.

Mayor John Dennis made an appearance at the kickoff event today. He said getting kids excited about technology is the way of the future.

“They are teaching these kids at a young age to not fear technology, to embrace it and utilize it in a way that it's going to benefit them right now, when they go to school, and when the become adults and start contributing to society,” he said.

Over the past year, they have served more than 200 families. Click here to learn more about CoderDojo Anvil,

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