11 laptops stolen from CoderDojo kids coding camp
Coder Dojo, a free coding club for Twin Cities children, believes 11 of its laptop computers were stolen from their storage area. The club has a coding event this weekend and may not have enough laptops for participants.
10 15-inch Macbook Pro laptops, unibody, but older models
1 13-inch Macbook Air laptop
All of the computers have CoderDojoTC stickers on the laptop lid and significant scuffs and scratches from us hauling them to events. Many of the laptops have stickers that say "FINCH SCRATCH" and some have labels on the wrist rest that say "CW LOAN" or "CLOCKWORK".
If the thieves haven’t already wiped the drives, most of them have user accounts named "CoderDojo" or "admin.” The installed software usually includes Scratch, Unity and KidsRuby.
What is CoderDojo?
The club lists the following description on its Facebook page:
CoderDojo is a global movement about providing free and open learning to youth, with an emphasis on computer programming. The Twin Cities chapter was founded to bring this movement to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area, inspire other chapters, and partner with other organizations to better introduce kids to coding.
CoderDojo Twin Cities welcomes girls and boys ages 10 to 17 and provides a friendly, supportive learning environment for all kids, from absolute beginners to experienced young programmers. We aim to reduce economic barriers and will provide access to computers during the sessions for those unable to bring a laptop.