From Scratch to Games, Coolest Projects Ninja Highlights – Part 1

31 May 2021 · by Vanessa Greene

Over 1,100 young tech creators from 47 countries shared their innovative ideas in this year’s Coolest Projects showcase! Hundreds of these young people are involved in CoderDojo clubs around the world where, with the help of Dojo volunteers, they developed the skills to make their ideas a reality. To celebrate our CoderDojo Ninjas who took part, here’s a small selection of the amazing entries to the Scratch, Web development and Games categories. You can explore all project entries in the showcase gallery!    Scratch We love… Read More

“Code is where everything comes together” Nikole shares her inspiring experience

8 March 2021 · by Vanessa Greene

Nikole Vaughn is the champion of CoderDojo Collaborative, a Dojo which has been running for several years in San Antonio, Texas. We previously wrote about how Nikole is inspiring the next generation of female coders. We caught up with her last month to hear how her Dojo has adapted over the last year. Nikole told us about how she is currently running the Dojo online, projects her Ninjas have worked on, challenges she has faced, and what she values most about being part of the CoderDojo community. Read on to find out what… Read More

Five myths about Coolest Projects 2021

4 March 2021 · by vasu

My name is Vasu and I support the CoderDojo community in India. In this blog post, I am excited to uncover the most common myths that usually come up in conversation with people about Coolest Projects.  Let me set some context. Coolest Projects is the world’s leading technology fair for young people. It’s our biggest event, and we are running it online this year so that young people can participate safely from wherever they are in the world. Through Coolest Projects, young people are empowered to show the world anything they’re making with tech — we… Read More

How online Coolest Projects events are making a difference to digital makers around the world. 

26 February 2021 · by Vanessa Greene

Coolest Projects 2021 idea registration is officially open! The online showcase brings together a global community of young digital makers to showcase their tech creations with the world.  Josh, our Global Community Coordinator, celebrates how two international partners ran online Coolest Projects events in 2020. He hopes this will inspire your CoderDojos to enter their COOL tech ideas to this year’s Coolest Projects online showcase!   Bringing ideas together with Penang Science Cluster: Malaysia In 2020, Penang Science Cluster did something really special: they ran… Read More

Experimenting with new ways of learning in India

24 September 2020 · by vasu

The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed approaches to teaching and learning around the world. We spoke to CoderDojo champions to find out how they are engaging learners in different ways. A willingness to experiment In India, we have been in touch with the community through regular calls, group discussions, and online meetups. One of the things that stood out was the community’s willingness to experiment and try new things. Suprio from CoderDojo SHAKTI shared, “When we were impacted by COVID-19 and Amphan, we did not know all the answers… Read More

How the Vsetín Dojo welcomed change and made new connections

6 August 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Petra is the champion of the Vsetín Dojo Earlier this month, my colleague Sonja and I caught up with Vsetín Dojo champion, Petra. She shared with us how their Dojo made new connections during lockdown and has started the process of meeting again in person. Petra’s library-based Dojo in the Czech Republic has been running since May 2019 and the group was still finding its feet when the lockdown was imposed earlier this year. Initially, they didn’t organise anything online — as a parent, Petra knew how busy the Ninjas and their parents were with… Read More