Community

Improving volunteers’ experience and development

17 May 2022 · by Nuala McHale

Volunteers are the backbone of CoderDojo — without the thousands of people who have given their time and skills over the last ten years, CoderDojo simply would not exist. We want everyone who volunteers with us to have a great experience, irrespective of where they are, how long they are involved, or their specific role. In line with this, we are working to improve the CoderDojo volunteer experience for current and future volunteers. Community input Over the coming months, we will be developing additional training resources specifically for CoderDojo volunteers. We’d like you to help shape them. To… Read More

5 free online courses to learn powerful new skills

16 May 2022 · by Nuala McHale

Learning new skills is a key motivation for a quarter of volunteers who get involved in CoderDojo. Our online training courses provide a practical way for you to learn new skills when it suits you. Afterwards, you can practise and develop these skills in your Dojo, which means even more people can benefit. Find out about some of our online courses below. The courses are available on demand on the FutureLearn platform, so you can join at any time and get free, time-limited access by selecting the ‘Join with limited access’ option when you register. Choose one to… Read More

New Unity resources to create 3D worlds!

17 January 2022 · by Nuala McHale

We’ve partnered with Unity Technologies to develop an exciting path of projects for young people who want to create 3D worlds, stories, and games. Unity is a hugely popular software framework for creating 3D video games and virtual, interactive worlds and stories. Professional developers use Unity to create well-known games such as Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Among Us. Best of all it is free for anyone to use.  Introduction to Unity Path Our new project path is the ideal introduction… Read More

What we achieved in 2021

17 December 2021 · by Nuala McHale

What a year! Despite the challenges that continue to be caused by the pandemic, we are incredibly proud of everyone in the CoderDojo community, for your positivity, resilience, and commitment to safety. Regardless of activity you and your Dojo have been able to do this year we would like to thank you for your efforts. Looking back on the year During 2021 over 700 Dojos have run either online or in-person sessions during 2021. Volunteers have been learning how to use video-conferencing tools. They’ve live streamed code-a-long… Read More

New projects, new features, new certificates

9 November 2021 · by Nuala McHale

We’ve developed new project paths to develop learners skills and independence. Each path contains six projects. In the first three projects (explore) a set of skills is introduced. This learning is built upon with two more open-ended tasks (design). The final project in the path presents them with a simple project brief (invent), which they can complete in any way they choose. Improved features We’ve also introduced new features such as real-world information about the skills being taught, debugging tips to help find and fix common mistakes and reflection questions to solidify learning. 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