CoderDojoVolunteer

How can Dojos run during a global pandemic?

10 July 2020 · by Nuala McHale

Over the last four months I have been asking this question and I have been amazed by the enthusiasm and perseverance shown by CoderDojo volunteers around the world.  Volunteers thoughtfully decided when it was right for them to pause hosting their in-person sessions in their country. Some began sending resources to parents (like our step-by-step projects, or Digital Making at Home videos). Others recorded code-along videos. One in five clubs told us that they are hosting live online sessions so young people can continue coding creative… Read More

How the CoderDojo community in Japan has adapted to change

18 June 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

In early June, Lucia Manzitti, Head of Code Club UK and Ireland, caught up with Yohei Yasukawa, co-founder of the CoderDojo Japan Association regional body, via video conference (you can learn more about CoderDojo regional bodies here). Lucia learned about how the CoderDojo Japan Association has adapted its model to support the CoderDojo community in Japan to continue to learn and connect.   There are currently more than 210 CoderDojo clubs in Japan. As the coronavirus pandemic began to develop earlier this year, Yohei and the CoderDojo Japan Association team wanted to find a way to support their… Read More

World Autism Awareness Day: Supporting young people during unusual times

2 April 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated internationally on 2 April each year. For us, it’s a time to recognise all the people with autism who play integral roles in our community. This year, the day occurs during an unprecedented time—the COVID-19 pandemic. We will look at the impact CoderDojo has had on some members of our community, and tips for supporting young people with autism at this time. CoderDojo, an inclusive space for all One of the greatest things about CoderDojo is that it is a space where everyone is welcome. Whether you… Read More

3 free online courses to keep you busy!

20 March 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Many people around the world are currently practicing social distancing on account of the coronavirus situation. While this is a challenging time for all of us, it is important to stay busy, positive and think to the future. Learning a new skill is a great way to do this! That’s why our online courses are ideal during this time. Reasons to try a course The courses on offer are based around various aspects of computer science and digital making. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or a more seasoned programmer, there… Read More

3 easy acts of kindness to try at your Dojo

20 February 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

On Monday, we celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day. This got us thinking about the many ways that members of the CoderDojo community show kindness to each other, and the gratitude that exists for our volunteers. With so much negative content online and in the media, it is important to be reminded of all the good you are doing simply by being involved in this awesome community! In the CoderDojo community, we see random acts of kindness all the time ❤️ Whether it’s a young person helping their peer with a… Read More