For Parents

Celebrating 10 years of CoderDojo!

23 July 2021 · by Nuala McHale

Ten years ago today, 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, and we thank you for your contributions as part of… 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

Connecting with Raspberry Pi accounts — more benefits, one account!

27 May 2020 · by Nuala McHale

Our development team have been working hard over the last few months to deliver additional benefits to all our community members on the CoderDojo platform. By connecting your CoderDojo account with Raspberry Pi Foundation accounts (this platform belongs to the wider Foundation that CoderDojo is a part of), you will be able to avail of all the current features associated with your CoderDojo account, along with additional new features and benefits. What are the benefits? We want CoderDojo members to have access to all the features currently available to Raspberry Pi account holders, as well as access to future offerings. Read More

3 free online coding courses for volunteers!

20 March 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Learning a new skill can be a great way to stay positive and motivated, particularly during challenging times. That’s why our online courses are ideal for volunteers looking to upskill. Reasons to try a course The courses on offer are based around various aspects of computer science and digital making. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or a more seasoned programmer, there is something there for you. On top of this, all of the courses are: FREE short in duration completed from the comfort of… Read More