Learning to be creators and developers not just users and consumers.
Dec 2015: DNA a non-profit based in Rotorua provides whānau-friendly computer programming (coding), game development and digital storytelling workshops for tamariki and rangatahi.
We remind our ākonga that their tupuna were some of the world's greatest innovators, travelling the seas and navigating by the stars. There constructed double-hulled waka that traversed 1000s of miles, and developed innovative snares and tools. We like to think that what we are doing, is just a continuation of this, helping give our children the skills they need to help navigate these new digital oceans," explains founding trustee, Potaua Biasiny-Tule.
Tamariki and rangatahi engage with technology constantly yet how many are being taught to construct it? Every Māori child should have the opportunity to learn and DNA seeks to bridge that gap by giving them a foundation in computer science. To gain skills that will prepare them to embrace their digital futures with strength, confidence and knowledge.
The DNA Kaupapa
DNA’s kaupapa is to encourage tamariki to use technology in order to think creatively, to navigate safely, work collaboratively, reason systematically and reflect & respect Te Ao Māori.
Hour of Code Worldwide
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Free one-hour coding tutorials are available and no experience is required.
Digital Natives Academy is proud to be part of this year’s worldwide FREE “Hour of Code” event.
They are specifically focused on providing access to Māori tamariki and rangatahi in and around the Te Arawa rohe (but EVERYONE is welcome!)
- DNA will be holding coding workshops from 4pm-6pm at DNA from 7-13 December.
- Visit www.digitalnatives.org.nz for more information.