Clear Software helps bring free coding club to Zionsville Community High School

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By Heather Lusk

CoderDojo is coming.

The free coding club, with more than 200 locations around the United States, is being brought to Zionsville by local IT company Clear Software.

The volunteer-led clubs help youth learn the basics of coding then build on that knowledge to design websites and create apps.

Approximately 70 students have already signed up for the introduction at 1 p.m. Sept. 9 at Zionsville Community High School where Indycar driver Pippa Mann will speak about the importance of technology.

Eight week sessions will follow the next week from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Clear Software founder and CEO Jon Gilman said that his company will provide volunteers and has reached out to others in the community to help but is still in search of more assistance.

“For every one teacher there’s probably going to be two people that help facilitate the rest of what goes on in the class,” he said.

Attendees are asked to bring their own computers, although Gilman said he expects to have some available as needed.

Ideally five levels will be offered simultaneously during every eight week cycle. During the first session students can self assess.

“If you already know Excel and how to use the Internet and how computers work, there’s no point taking the first course,” he said, so those students can start with more challenging web design while others may need to learn the basics.

The coding organization started in Dublin, Ireland, and has expanded around the globe. The groups are run by volunteers to keep the education free, something that Gilman strongly supports.

Gilman believes coding will help prepare children for careers in just about any field and hopes to encourage students to build successful companies locally.

Register online at zen.coderdojo.com/dojos/us/zionsville-in/zionsville.

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