Cork Coder Dojo What’s Happening 14th January

Our first session after the holidays last Saturday was full to the brim and had kids coming from as far as Kilkenny to take part!  We brought all the chairs up from the cafe and there were still parents standing! We aren’t limiting the numbers yet, so don’t let this put you off. We are lucky that we aren’t as limited in space as some other dojos may be.

We won’t be posting what’s on every week, only when there is something different coming up, but I wanted to give an overview of the usual routine for the many new attendees:

  • Usually every other week, including tomorrow 14th January, there is a continuing session on making games in javascript with mentor Will Knott. He also covers related topics like html5. Have a look at Making Isometric Real Time Games to see what they’ve been working on.
  • Each week there will almost always be at least one person coaching in html/css and other topics related to web development.
  • We also encourage the kids to share what they know, whether something they learned in Coder Dojo or outside. They may give a presentation to the whole group or just talk among themselves.
  • Other topics covered depend on which other mentors are there on the day.  Before the holidays we had a great session solving Sherlock Holmes type cases while learning how databases work.

Call out to potential mentors! If you can contribute occasionally, but hopefully 1-2 times per month, please stop in and see how you can help.  You don’t just have to be a programmer.  We can use just about anyone with some related skill – web design/development, graphic design, database management, networking, hardware repair, etc.

makerbot makes a church

MakerBot Makes a Church, photo by Donncha O'Caoimh

Tomorrow, we also hope to have another demonstration of Makerbot — the 3D printer. Read about MakerBot, the hit of the Cork Coder Dojo Christmas Party (well apart from the Domino’s Pizza, of course), words and images by Donncha O’Caoimh.

Some good resources to get started or to catch up with what some of the kids are already doing: codecademy for javascript and w3schools for HTML/CSS. Both are free and suited to beginners.

At the last session I found a number of parents interested in learning too, which is great.  You can sit in on the kids’ sessions and if there’s enough interest — and enough mentors — we may bring some aside to do specific coaching.

Here’s the begging part: as mentioned, we didn’t have enough chairs, so we are giving another call out for bean bags and other casual furnishings that fit into the Coder Dojo vibe. Most kids do bring a laptop and there are a few older desktops that are fine for html/css work, but if anyone has any old kit hanging around in the closet we’d love to have it – laptops, desktops, monitors, printers, etc.  If it’s not working properly, perhaps it’d be a good way to learn a bit of hacking.

See you at the Dojo!


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