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Three resources for teaching text-based programming

4 March 2022 · by Amy O'Meara

Are you planning to run a Dojo session soon? Do you want some new project ideas to try with your Ninjas? You may remember our post about moving young people from block- to text-based programming and how this can open up new creative opportunities for young coders: this is because there are things that only text-based programming can do.  In this blog post, we will explore the text-based programming language, Python, and share three resources to help you teach it. People often compare text-based programming to learning a language. Read More

How the STEMUp Educational Foundation embraced adversity to create success

9 February 2022 · by CoderDojo

In January, our Global Community Coordinator, Izzy, caught up with Prabhath Mannapperuma, one of STEMUp’s directors. Prabhath shared how Dojos in Sri Lanka are dealing with the challenges of the last two years, and what they have planned for 2022. STEMUp Educational Foundation was founded in 2016 by four friends who wanted to improve children’s access to STEM across Sri Lanka. Now, the foundation has over 1,200 active members (all volunteers), and works with numerous organisations across the world to help support their mission. After joining forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, they have recently become… Read More

Launching our birthday giveaway!

1 October 2021 · by Nuala McHale

Ten years ago the first CoderDojo session was held in Cork, Ireland by teenager James Whelton and entrepreneur Bill Liao. In previous years, we’ve run a spooky challenge during October. This year, we want to mark the 10 years of CoderDojo by encouraging young people to join in with the celebrations with birthday-themed coding projects! So, today we are launching the CoderDojo birthday greeting giveaway! What is the birthday greeting giveaway? Young people (aged 7–17) from Dojos worldwide, as well as those new to CoderDojo, are invited to create a project… Read More

We’re Hiring! Global Community Coordinator

8 September 2021 · by Nuala McHale

Description Location: Ireland (remote) Salary: €28,500 – €33,750 p.a. full-time equivalent, dependent on experience Basis: Permanent; full-time, part-time or flexible Eligibility: You must be eligible to work in Ireland and travel to the UK, or be eligible to work in the UK. About us The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based educational charity working to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. We want more people to be able to harness digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively. Established in 2008 and first known for… Read More

September news: Refresher training and new project pathways

1 September 2021 · by Nuala McHale

This month you and your Dojo may be considering returning to in-person events or running online sessions. To help you do this we have refresher workshops for volunteers as well as new project pathways young people can use. Online refresher workshops Restarting with Scratch – Thursday, 23 September 2021 at 16:00 BST.   Join Carmelo Presicce, who started a Dojo in Italy and works as a Research Assistant at MIT’s Scratch Lab, and Learning Coordinator Liz Smart to learn about new projects and freshen up your Scratch skills. Introduction to physical computing… Read More

Celebrating 10 years of CoderDojo!

23 July 2021 · by Nuala McHale

Ten years ago, on 23 July 2011, the first CoderDojo session was held in Cork, Ireland by teenager James Whelton and entrepreneur Bill Liao. From that first session, CoderDojo clubs sprung up across Ireland, and then spread globally to more than 100 countries over the last decade. During this time, dedicated volunteers have run thousands of CoderDojo sessions across the world, making the CoderDojo movement a global phenomenon.  Well done to all involved! Over the years, you’ve had a huge impact in your local area. We thank you for your contributions as part… Read More