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How Fiona developed an autism specific Dojo

2 April 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Fiona found it difficult to find suitable extra-curricular activities for her son, who is autistic and needs 1-1 adult support. It’s a problem she knows is shared by other families. As a volunteer with Autism Northern Ireland and a founding committee member of the Tech Education Network CIC she was interested in developing outreach work focusing on inclusion and special educational needs. Below she shares how she discovered CoderDojo as a solution, and how others can learn to make their spaces more autistic-friendly. I wanted to start a club and began exploring CoderDojo, firstly… Read More

Nikole Vaughn: A #RealRoleModel for the next generation of female coders

29 March 2019 · by Kevin Johnson

“They all show up and they all want to do good, for each other” We have loved celebrating the incredible women in our CoderDojo community this month, especially because we’ve had the opportunity to hear some of their empowering stories. On International Women’s Day, we spent the morning speaking with Nikole Vaughn, one of the CoderDojo champions at the San Antonio CoderDojo Collaborative, to learn more about what she is doing to foster the next generation of female coders. Nikole is a woman with many titles: mother,… Read More

#ChatDojo Febuary Recap: Part 1

1 March 2019 · by Nuala McHale

On February 17 we held our second twelve-hour Twitter chat so that all those around the world involved in CoderDojo could take part and share their experiences. During Febuary our focus has been on the 12,000 volunteers involved in Dojos globally, and #ChatDojo was no exception. Thanks to all the Volunteers in Japan, Texas, North Carolina, Greece, the Netherlands, Russia, Ireland and the UK who took part! In particular thanks to Togazono (of Kodaira Dojo), Simon (of Harrogate Dojo) and Manos (of Votanikos Dojo) who supported as community moderators during the day. Below is… Read More

The Champions’ Handbook is now available in six languages!

21 February 2019 · by Rachel

This International Mother Language Day we are delighted to announce that The Champions’ Handbook is now available in six languages. We have translated this valuable tool for those interested in or already running a CoderDojo club worldwide into Spanish, German, Italian, French, English and Swedish. The Champions Handbook is your complete guide to setting up and running a Dojo. From an overview of what coding is, to detailed instructions for each stage of setting up a Dojo and ideas for how to structure your club and implement the CoderDojo ethos. This guide answers questions you may have and offers suggested… Read More

Annual survey results 2018

20 February 2019 · by Rachel

Every year we carry out the CoderDojo Annual Survey. All verified Dojos from around the world are invited to tell us about their club and share their experiences. The results gathered from this survey helps the Foundation know the ever-evolving community and their current experiences. This enables us to better support our community of volunteers and the clubs they manage. Curious what we found out from Dojos in 2018?     If you want to know more, you can explore the results of our survey yourself! For example, filter by your country. Read More

Get a CoderDojo events pack!

19 February 2019 · by Rachel

Connecting with others and sharing ideas is an integral part of the CoderDojo movement’s collaborative ethos. It is also an exciting and fun way to reach out to new volunteers and others interested in getting involved in the movement. And to help you spread the word about CoderDojo and get others engaged, we are launching the CoderDojo events pack!   Reach out to others — with our support   Volunteers involved in Dojos around the world are already connecting and sharing by taking part in events and hosting their own ones. We want… Read More