Join the Europe Code Week movement Oct 15th – 23rd

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 16.35.03The 4th edition of Code Week EU is less than 100 days away! Between 15 and 23 October, millions of children, young people, adults, parents and teachers will again come together at events, in classrooms and libraries across Europe and beyond to learn to create with code.

EU Code Week is a grass-roots movement run by volunteers who promote coding in their countries, as Code Week Ambassadors. Last year more than half a million people participated in nearly 8,000 coding events in 46 countries in Europe and beyond. This year Code Week is teaming up with Public Libraries 2020, a network of 65.000 local libraries within Europe. They aim to organise “coding corners” or coding workshops in local libraries around Europe. CoderDojo Lithuania have recently been working with this network of libraries to support the growth of CoderDojo in the region!

Code Week  EU – Join and code it your way!

Each year the CoderDojo movement has been involved in Code Week by registering their Dojo sessions as EU Code Week sessions! Last year there were over 200 Code Week events registered by CoderDojos across Europe.

Check out some of the EU Code Week toolkits to help you start planning your event. Don’t forget to add your event to the Code Week map http://codeweek.eu.

How your community can get involved:

  • Coderdojo Ninjas can participate in coding events and organise their own events to show others how you create with code.
  • Dojos can organise workshops in local schools, hack spaces or community centres
  • CoderDojo Champions & Mentors can register their next Dojo session and take part in CodeWeek.
  • Parents can encourage their kids to participate in a coding workshop

Add your Dojo to the Code Week map!

Why learn to code?

Untitled design (1)“Learning to code, means learning to create. Giving young people the opportunity to expresses themselves using technology has numerous benefits. Learning to code teaches a child problem solving and logical thinking skills. It encourages creativity and innovation while also enforcing the importance of patience and perseverance. Coding is a language like any linguistic language, therefore the earlier and more regular a child is exposed to coding, the higher chance they have of becoming fluent in its principles.”

– Giustina Mizzoni, CoderDojo Foundation

What’s more it helps us to unleash our creativity and work collaboratively with wonderful people both near us and all over the world.  Bringing coding to everyone is important, EU Code Week aims at engaging girls and women as well as boys and men alike. In 2015 about 50% of participants to code events were girls! So, join the celebration and register your Dojo today and get on the Code Week map!

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Seamus O'Neill says

to Mary Moloney CEO:
I make the following constructive contribution and I hope it's read in the positive mode in which it is written. I have given much thought and imagination to my words before deciding to submit them to you lest they appear as criticism. I am not given to highlighting a problem without having a possible solution lined up in waiting for consideration.

The main point I want to make is: Starting a Dojo (as I did in 2012) was difficult but made easy as long as my enthusiasm and parental support carried me. SUSTAINING our Dojo four years later is a totally different matter. From the start, I didn't have any children attending our Dojo (they are grown up) but as a teacher I was always involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities.

I met two members of the CoderDojo team (Giustina and Laura) last year in your Dogpatch Labs CHQ. I spoke at length with Ross O'Neill at the BTYSE in the RDS January of this year and in March, Philip Harney observed a Scratch course for tutors/mentors which I organised and delivered in Navan Education. Keeping in mind that CoderDojo depends on and calls for volunteers (mostly parents of young children), it would be worth listening to this grassroots constructive argument for CoderDojo going forward.

The excitement of the worldwide expansion of CoderDojo, EU Awards and the hysteria of the RDS CoolestProjects may blind the Foundation to the reality. The Foundation is very focused on starting Dojos and highlighting the number of startups globally. You shouldn't just want to start Dojos, you need to be creative in sustaining them against the background of the turnover of kids growing up and parents moving on and off the scene. This may not be so noticeable where Dojos are located in IT businesses and Colleges or where lead mentors are CS Graduates employed in the IT industry (as many of your Award winning Dojos are!). Moreover, I assume that many of the Foundation staff are neither volunteer nor parent. Kids growing up and moving on is part and parcel of what I am used to at school but it's a serious matter for CoderDojo.

In CDojo Navan, we have laid on a number of free courses for parents in Scratch since 2013 to encourage them to assist as Mentors. Now, after 4 years in existence it's clear that there are problems with the basic CoderDojo voluntary concept. The E-Learning Modules and resources such as Philip's are not a solution. It's more fundamental and more encompassing.
Seamus O'Neill goo.gl/NiGzgo