“Getting To Work” with CoderDojo KC’s Junior Mentors | #AmGradKCPT

All right everybody
hi my name is Graham and I’m 12 years old
and here’s my website. So up here we’ve got
our calculator section, it’s got standard things you
might find like multiplications then down here it’s got some
miscellaneous stuff, Mad Libs. Give me a verb; sit noun; hat, and it gives you the National
Anthem of the United States but with the things
that you’ve entered. Oh say can you see, yes, yes,
I can thank you very much. So yeah that’s my website.
Pretty Much. (clapping) – [Male Voiceover] All right
good job Graham (more clapping) [Green Shirt Male] Code
Dojo is a safe space for kids to learn how
to code and it’s a place where you can come
and just feel like you’re amongst your own people. [Brown Hair Female]
Some people make games, some people make like quizzes Other people make stories.
There’s just a lot of variation. [Black Hair Female] I
have to change the stage, I want the stage to be
like a story telling Fairy tale, it’s like a
fairy tale background. Once I started, I want
him to glide over here. [Female Voiceover] So Scratch is a very basic
programming language. You just drag and drop blocks
from one part of the screen to the other part of the screen. As long as you know how to
read, you can do Scratch. – [Glasses Female]
During the course of session today, we’re going
to start with a presentation. Our presentation is going to
present a topic to our ninjas. Once the topic is presented, they need to create a project
with that topic in mind. [Green Shirt Male]
You know we do a lot more mentoring and
teaching really, and we want them to
learn with other kids. We want them to learn
with other mentors, and sometimes learning with
someone that you don’t know is a great way to learn. Giving them the
skills to succeed on their own is incredible,
and then seeing them do that over and over and
over again is amazing. [Dark Blonde Female] If
you’re walking around and you don’t see anyone
with raised hands, stop in and just
kind of checking in with the students and saying
hey, what are you working on? Sometimes that’ll really help. What we’ve been working on is designing a program for them that helps them build
leadership skills. We have what’s
called a mastery, and so you can get a mastery
in different languages. Then they’re eligible to
become a junior mentor. Being a junior mentor, I feel like I’m able to like get them out of their
comfort zone a bit more, and I get to like form
friendships with the kids that I’m helping. Encourage
them to present, and then I get to see how happy
they are after they presented. [Dark Blonde Female]
The junior mentors are just coming out of
that student role and so they know exactly
how that student feels. You have that peer
to peer interaction. [Unicorn Hat Female] I was
really nervous the first time I raised my hand, but
they like didn’t judge, they don’t laugh at you.
It’s just really nice. [Dark Blonde Female]
When I started looking into becoming a developer,
having women mentors and seeing women who maybe have
come from the same area I’ve come from or are making that jump to a new
career and technology. I think that that does
give you that role model to look up to and to see that what you’re trying
to do is possible. – [Male Voiceover] By
having that representation sometimes having more
diverse set of mentors, a more diverse set of students, I can imagine it’s the
same for any kid, you know, you have people that you
can see yourself being, and it helps you to make that jump. [Black Hair Female] Its just
like whenever you’re coding, you can do anything
you want to with it. I want my story to be told,
and so the more I practice, the more experience I’ll have so I can tell more
inspiring stories where you can do
whatever you want to, and as long as you keep
trying, then you’ll succeed. – [Male Voiceover] Funding
for this program was provided by the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting as part of the public media
initiative, American Graduate, Getting to Work.

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