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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 of the wider… Read More

5 coding concepts you can learn in Scratch

14 May 2021 · by Nuala McHale

Scratch is one of the most prolific coding languages used by Dojos around the world. It is great for young people learning to code as it is so visual. It also provides “quick-wins” that motivate and empower young people to continue coding. Scratch has been developed to teach the logic of coding, without young people worrying about typing or remembering names and syntax. Below are 5 coding concepts you can highlight in Scratch, and projects to help you do so. This can be useful when moving on from Scratch to a text-based language… Read More

The Boo Challenge: Our pick of creative and original projects!

25 November 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Throughout October we ran a competition for young people — The CoderDojo Boo Challenge! We invited participants to create projects relating to Halloween or the month of October. Check out some of the amazing coded creations below! Who took part? We received a spook-tacular 100 project entries from young people across 18 different countries. Most of the projects were built using Scratch, but we also received projects created with Python, HTML, C++ and more. We were astounded with the inventiveness and creativity on show — it was very tricky for our judges to… 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