For Parents

From the Californian Wildfires, how one Dojo rose from the ashes…

4 January 2019 · by CoderDojo

  From the Californian Wildfires, how a Dojo rose from the ashes… After a wildfire engulfed the Makerspace she and others had spent two years building, Candace was faced with the challenge of starting anew… In the fall of 2017, a giant wildfire ripped through Northern California, and large parts of Santa Rosa. No one had seen anything like it. Many of us were at the fairgrounds, helping to ship water, blankets, and supplies to the survivors.   By the end of the week when the last flames had been quenched, we realised our Makerspace… Read More

Scratch 3.0 has arrived! – What’s new?

3 January 2019 · by Nuala McHale

CoderDojo clubs around the world use Scratch both online and offline to enable young people to express themselves, create projects, try new things and learn along with their peers. Scratch has been a vital tool not only in developing creative learning, but in also teaching coding concepts and problem-solving skills. Now Scratch 3.0 has been officially released!    What new updates have been added to Scratch 3.0? This new version expands what, how and where children can create with code. Since the Beta release in August, young people in Dojos have been testing out… Read More

Looking back on 2018 – A year in review

19 December 2018 · by Giustina Mizzoni

It doesn’t quite feel like twelve months have passed since I wrote my 2017 end-of-year blog. Like all years I’ve been involved in CoderDojo, 2018 has been a year of much change and growth across our movement. First things first: we welcomed 660 new Dojos to the community. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of our volunteers, the movement is reaching more than 60000 young people in 110 countries.   Some personal highlights One of my highlights of the year was my visit the Dungarvan Dojo for their fifth birthday celebration in February. Meeting the champions… Read More

8 winter themed projects to keep kids busy over the Holidays

19 December 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Whether you’re in Argentina or Antartica – you can keep children and teens busy this holiday season with these fun coded projects! Create snowball throwing or skiing games in Scratch, make animated snow scenes in Blender, code carols to get you in the festive spirit or develop a sensor and alarm project to catch Santa! Scratch 1. Use Scratch to create a skiing game in which you have to avoid randomly appearing obstacles to score points! 2. Make a game in which you have to throw snowballs at… Read More

We’re hiring a Community Coordinator!

26 November 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Location: Dublin Salary: €27500 – €35000, 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 About us The CoderDojo Foundation is a Dublin-based educational charity that works to give every child the opportunity to learn how to code and create with technology. We do this through supporting the volunteer-led CoderDojo movement. Founded in July 2011, the movement is based on open-source principles, meaning that anyone anywhere in the world can start a Dojo. Clubs (Dojos) run all over the world on a regular basis, giving young people… Read More

Learnings from DojoCon Belgium 2018

23 November 2018 · by Philip Harney

Last Saturday I attended DojoCon Belgium. Here, I got to meet lots of members of the Belgian CoderDojo community. I attended some very interesting talks and workshops and sampled some delicious Belgian snacks. I’d like to thank the CoderDojo Belgium community for inviting me and for their hospitality while I was there.   The event had a packed schedule, with almost thirty talks or workshops taking place throughout the day. I only wish I could have been in several places at once. However, I had to make some hard choices!  I got to… Read More