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Young volunteers: teenagers inspiring their communities with technology!

13 November 2018 · by Amy O'Meara

The CoderDojo movement is founded on providing opportunities for young people. This month we’re highlighting the incredible contributions made by young people who are involved in CoderDojo through youth volunteering — either as mentors at their local Dojo, or as youth champions. Any young person can get involved and inspire others to create cool projects with code. Peer mentoring, participation, and leading by example are all core aspects of our ethos, and all of them can be fostered by youth volunteering at Dojos. Beginning the CoderDojo journey While researching the work of youth volunteers… Read More

Library Focus: How Ivan found a perfect fit with CoderDojo

23 October 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Libraries have proven to be great spaces to host Dojos. As highlighted in our CoderDojo in the Library handbook, they are perfect for bringing young people together to learn about technology. Ivan Silva, works in his community’s local Belvedere Tiburon Library. He decided to start a Dojo there back in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. Here he shares his experience. I have been involved with CoderDojo since 2013. I first heard about the clubs when a member of the Sudo Room hackerspace in Oakland mentioned… Read More

Library Focus: Experiences from Blanchardstown Dojo

15 October 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Libraries have proven to be great spaces to host Dojos, as highlighted in our CoderDojo in the Library handbook. Conor Hennessy, who works in Blanchardstown Library, decided to start a Dojo this year. Here he shares his experience of running the club and his advice for others thinking of starting a Dojo themselves: As libraries provide access to new and emerging technologies, we decided to set up a CoderDojo to introduce the public in our local area to coding. We have been running sessions once a week for the past three to four months. The… Read More

Utilising Targeted Invites To Attract and Retain Girls in Dojos!

11 October 2018 · by Rachel Schoene

At CoderDojo we think it’s paramount that all of us together make a conscious, consistent, and collaborative effort to increase the number of girls who learn how to create with technology. To give you practical advice about this for your clubs, we’ve been gathering data over the past few months, and today we’ll tell you about one simple and really effective way to get more girls engaged at your Dojo. A bit of background on the data In 2017, we released a guide called Empowering the Future, a comprehensive booklet… Read More

4 future-proof skills, and how Dojos promote them

19 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Thanks to the TriValley CoderDojo team for letting us adapt a blog post written by Dojo volunteer, Kalyn, so we can share their insights here. You can read their post on the TriValley CoderDojo website. CoderDojo is unique in many ways, not least of which is that, beyond coding and confidence with technology, it fosters a variety of so-called soft skills. Such skills help people successfully navigate their environment, effectively perform tasks, and interact meaningfully with others, Although… Read More

CoderDojo Foundation report Q1 and Q2 2018

17 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

The first half of 2018 was incredibly busy for us, from taking over the running of Coolest Projects International, to focusing on developing resources for new and existing Dojos! We verified 363 new Dojos in this period, a 24% increase that brings the grand total of active Dojos worldwide to 1860 spread across 95 countries. From everyone at the CoderDojo Foundation, we want to extend a huge welcome to all new Dojos and volunteers to the global community!  Click through to download our Q1 and Q2 report as a… Read More