|Corrib Kids Coding Clubs is run by Laura and Kristian Lahdensuo, who are based in Rosscahill, Co. Galway.
Laura is an instructional designer at SAP and Kristian has a background in Game Design. When researching camps and clubs for their own children, they saw there was a gap for alternative summer camp and afterschool activities for children in the Oughterard/Moycullen area and began researching technology clubs for children. After a couple of summer camps in Oughterard Youth Café, it was clear that there would be demand in the age group of 8-12 year olds, as an alternative to traditional offerings and to allow kids to learn essential skills in computing and coding, which may lead to 3rd level choices and careers in the tech sector.
The enterprise is firmly in the STEM field which is considered a growth area and one that is a key driver of innovation and change.
A successful application to FORUM Connemara CLG for a grant meant that they could purchase a set of laptops, iPads and robotic kits to provide afterschool creative technology clubs in local schools. These afterschool clubs ran for the school year 2018 in Oughterard, Moycullen, Roscahill, Mercy Primary and Educate Together in Knocknacarra. They have since branched out to provide creative technology workshops for rural libraries in Co. Galway, workshops for charities such as Down Syndrome Ireland, and engaging in partnerships with large multinationals such as SAP and EA games to provide workshops for underprivileged youth throughout Galway, including Cope Homeless Services and the Direct Provision centre in Salthill.
Future plans include more technology clubs in Gaelscoils throughout Galway, with one starting in Knocknacarra in September 2019 and more charity workshops in partnership with tech companies. Local events are another area of expansion, with workshops at Brigit’s Garden this year for the launch of their new Earth Quest science garden. In-school coding lessons are also in demand, with one course already completed at Collinamuck in Moycullen and two more in planning for St Annins Roscahill and Castlehacket NS in Tuam. The number of clubs booked for 2019 has doubled and they hope to continue this trend into the future.
Corrib Kids Computing and Coding Club