Wellington: Hour of Code – Free programming workshops for all ages (Press Release)

hackmiramarmakerspaceHour of Code Wellington Announced

Hack Miramar and Wellington Makerspace Trust announce free programming workshops for all ages on December 13th at Scots College

November 26th 2014, Wellington – Hack Miramar and the Wellington Makerspace Trust today announced “Hour of Code Wellington”, a day of free one hour introductory programming and technology workshops for Wellingtonians of all ages.

These sessions will run from 10am until 4pm on Saturday the 13th of December at the Centre for Performing Arts Centre (CPAC) at Scots College, 1 Monorgan Rd, Strathmore Park. Attendees can drop in during the day to take part in sessions that will start each hour on the hour.

The workshops will be based around the global ‘Hour of Code’ format which provides an easy introduction to computer programming for anyone wanting to learn a little about how computers work. In addition to learning some simple programming concepts participants will also have a chance to do exercises with Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Makey Makey devices.The event is part of a series of international events being put on around the globe as part of Computer Science Education Week.

“Technology is changing rapidly and we want to make sure Wellingtonians of all ages are better prepared to be not just consumers of technology but creators as well” said Ben Wilde, Hack Miramar co-organiser.

The sessions are open to the public and to all ages from 6+, the only prerequisite is curiosity and a desire to learn something new.

“We need more kids excited about the idea of making smart things.”, said Lee Bennett, founder of the Wellington Makerspace Trust “we need more Kiwi innovators and this is a great way to get them started.”

The event is being made possible by the generous support of Scots College who have provided the use of the Graphics and Technology facilities housed within the school’s Creative and Performing and Arts Centre (CPAC).

“As a college we are committed to providing world class education for our students including opportunities to learn about technologies that will shape our future” said Graeme Yule, Headmaster of Scots College “We’re very happy to support this wider community initiative.”

Sessions will run from 10am until 4pm on Saturday the 13th of December at Scots College, 1 Monorgan Rd, Strathmore Park, Wellington.

More information can be found at www.hackmiramar.org/hour-of-code


Media Contact

Ben Wilde


021 845 991

About Hack Miramar

Hack Miramar was founded by technology advocates living on the Miramar Peninsula in Wellington, New Zealand with the goal of ensuring that our little corner of the world makes the most of the opportunities that technology represents. We organise events, hold strong opinions and share those with anyone inclined to listen.


About Wellington Makerspace Trust

Founded in 2014 the Wellington Makerspace Charitable Trust believes that all kids should have access to the best education irrelevant of their geographic or social limitations.  To further this belief we provide affordable, hands-on technology programmes and outreach for youth, community groups, school and tertiary institutions in the Greater Wellington region.


About Scots College

Scots College is a world-class independent Presbyterian day and boarding school for boys Years 1 – 13. As an IB World School, Scots offers a vibrant learning environment for boys, encouraging excellence in every facet of their education. At Scots we create global citizens – boys who are equipped for life as balanced, compassionate, motivated and socially aware young men.



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