Te Puke Library is hosting a couple of coding taster sessions these school holidays, both of which are sold out! We spoke to Children and Teens Librarian Deborah Hart about why they’re teaching coding and what locals can expect to see in future…

Mashup, a learn-by-doing ideation event for local teens, is being held again in March. It’s a chance for youth to not only come up with great, problem-solving ideas, but to test them using real world techniques, while being mentored by experts giving back their expertise and experiences.

Local teen, CJ Dobbs, 18, has taken part in the last three Mashup events. Here she explains for benefit of parents and their children, what she learned, and why she thinks other teens should enter.

Many of you will know there are heaps of opportunities across the region for our kids to learn to code. From Code Clubs in local libraries and a few schools, to Venture Centre’s Codebrite and coding taster sessions in school holidays. We’re stoked the next generation are being given so many chances to learn this great life skill which will carry them into the future.

We often hear people talking about how young people today are unmotivated and entitled and bla, bla, bla… we find it boring because we know it’s simply not true. We meet ambitious, hard-working young people all the time through MADVentures and sometimes we like them so much we hire them!

What do the numbers say about Codebrite? And what’s this new programme coming out?

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MADVentures is a curated suite of programmes, events, and workshops designed by Venture Centre to support the digital and entrepreneurial capability of young people. It exists to inspire and equip them with the skills, tools, mindset and connections they need to make a dent in the universe.


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