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Kids ‘Go Berserk’ for coding workshops at local libraries

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Pictured (L-R) at a recent ‘Go Berserk’ coding workshop is Libraries NI Chief Executive, Irene Knox and Greg McDaid, Managing Director, Fujitsu with Caoimhe Smith (11)
Rebecca Kincade on June 10, 2015 - 8:28 am in News

Leading Japanese ICT provider Fujitsu joined forces with Libraries NI to deliver a series of coding workshops in selected libraries for school children across Northern Ireland.

The ‘Go Berserk’ coding workshops follows the launch of Stranmillis University College lecturer Ian Simons’ second ‘Go Berserk’ coding book – a user friendly, pupil and teacher resource to encourage local school children to learn software coding skills at an early age.

Speaking about the initiative, Greg McDaid, Managing Director, Fujitsu, said: “Fujitsu is delighted to be one of the sponsors of the latest ‘Go Berserk’ coding manual, which teaches primary and secondary school children essential IT skills in a fun and engaging way. Partnering with our customer Libraries NI, we were able to support more schools across Northern Ireland to deliver the ‘Go Berserk’ programme by offering venues equipped with the necessary ICT technology and a team of Fujitsu ICT experts to get young people engaged in all things digital. Fujitsu has long been a supporter of making ICT accessible to everyone of all ages. As we increasingly move into a digital world, developing these skills early can open up a whole host of career opportunities for our children.”

Irene Knox, Chief Executive, Libraries NI said: “Libraries NI is collaborating with Fujitsu to deliver ‘Go Berserk’ coding workshops to school children across Northern Ireland, which is another initiative we are working on jointly to make ICT more accessible to the general public, in particular those who might not get access to computers on a day-to-day basis. We were thrilled to host a number of schools in libraries across Northern Ireland for the ‘Go Berserk’ workshops which not only benefitted the children and teachers taking part, but helped our library staff understand more about coding.”


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