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CoderDojo turns out tween tech prodigies

Updated 7:32 AM ET, Wed March 13, 2013
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An image from "My Little World," the latest game in development from Jordan Casey, a 13-year-old app developer from the Republic of Ireland. Casey released his first game, Alien Ball vs Humans, when he was 12. courtesy casey jordan
Casey, 13, delivers a presentation at a TEDxYouth event in New Delhi, India. Casey's work has also seen him deliver talks at conferences in France and Germany, and receive commissions to produce games for clients in Brazil. Courtesy Casey Jordan
A CoderDojo session for school kids at the London Web Summit. CoderDojo was set up in 2011 by Irishman James Whelton, 20, in response to what he saw as a huge demand for more resources to teach computer programming skills to young people. It offers free coding lessons in an informal, computer-club setting in 180 locations internationally. Courtesy Coderdojo
"Robot Run!" is the third game app released by Irish 14-year-old Harry Moran, who released his first app at the age of 12. Although it was made as a class exercise for CoderDojo, merely months after he started attending the club, the game was an instant hit, reaching the top of the UK/Ireland App Store chart. Courtesy Harry Moran
In keeping with the CoderDojo ethos, Moran (pictured) is already passing on his knowledge of coding to other members of the group. CoderDojo operates with only one rule, "Above all, be cool" -- meaning that bullying, lying and time-wasting are unacceptable. Courtesy Harry Moran
Participants at a CoderDojo in San Francisco. The movement has gone global, with clubs operating in 22 countries, introducing coding to more than 10,000 children aged 10-14, says Whelton. Courtesy Coderdojo