**** NO REPRODUCTION FEE **** 8/06/2014 : DUBLIN : Coding whizzkids came in their droves to DCU this weekend to demo a dizzying array of cool and imaginative coding ideas at the CoderDojo Coolest Projects awards ceremony. The Coolest Projects Awards, now in its third year, is an opportunity for members of local coding clubs or dojos to showcase the application of the skills and knowledge they have gained from attending their weekly coding sessions.  The event has gone from strength to strength each year with 250 projects being presented on Saturday to an expert judging panel. Our founding partner Intel came back on board with their support for the awards by providing the belts and prizes.  The support from Liberty Global, parent company of UPC and the largest international cable company, allowed the CoderDojo to increase the reach of the event to include projects from dojos in the UK, the Netherlands, Poland and Romania. Picture Conor McCabe Photography. MEDIA CONTACT : Gráinne Mooney, Dublin City University T: +353 1 700 8518 E: grainne.mooney@dcu.ie

In June of last year several excited members of CoderDojo Dungarvan in Co. Waterford travelled to our capital city to participate in The Coolest Projects Awards 2014. Over the course of the day the young attendees had the opportunity to test out some of the latest tech at the various hack spaces laid on especially for their enjoyment.

One of these hack spaces was provided by Dublin and Cork based 3D printing company Hackett 3D. Their Ultimaker 3D printer was a star attraction and queues formed all day for the chance to ‘have a go’ on it. Imaginations ran wild with the possibilities of what could be printed if only ownership of such a fascinating piece of kit wasn’t such an impossible dream! Or so we thought!

Shortly after we had returned home, armed with loads of inspiration for 2015 projects, we received a tweet. Good fortune had smiled on us and the young people of CoderDojo Dungarvan were to be the custodians of a brand new Ultimaker 3D printer courtesy of Hackett 3D and Ultimaker…WOW! Seriously! WOW!

During the intervening year mentor Pawel Lorenc has been extra busy at our Saturday sessions teaching 3D modelling, using Sketchup, to a group of our young people. As a result of the support for CoderDojo from Hackett 3D and Ultimaker our young inspiring designers now have the ability to see their creations come to life in front of their eyes. Pictured below is 14 year old Kristen Murphy from Killosera, Dungarvan. Kristen holds the tiltle of being the first CoderDojo Dungarvan member to design and print a model from concept to finished article. And what did she choose to create as her first piece….a 3D model of the CoderDojo symbol of Yin and Yang! We can expect great things from Kristen in the future as, without doubt, she along with all CoderDojo members everywhere, has a very bright future ahead of her.

Good luck and see you all at Coolest Projects 2015