Spain believes that making classes fun and giving campers a sense of achievement is of fundamental importance when introducing children to a new experience.
She believes that teaching code to children should be quite different from teaching code to adults and she spends a large amount of her time developing curriculum for classes, with an emphasis on fun, that kids find exciting and rewarding.
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Spain Hughes-Fagan is the director of Ripcoder Club in Monkstown where she mixes her interest in coding and engineering with her love of teaching.
Spain moved to Ireland from Canada in 1999 after completing her MBA in marketing and IT. Spain worked as a web-developer, building content management systems for websites until 2015 when she set up Ripcoder Club.
It was through her involvement with the CoderDojo movement that Spain first became involved with teaching coding to children.
Spain is also very involved in the Maker community and recently successfully completed a year-long project to established a Maker Lab and developed a Maker, Science-based educational projects program at Explorium, the National Sport and Science Centre.