For Young People

What we achieved in 2021

17 December 2021 · by Nuala McHale

What a year! Despite the challenges that continue to be caused by the pandemic, we are incredibly proud of everyone in the CoderDojo community, for your positivity, resilience, and commitment to safety. Regardless of activity you and your Dojo have been able to do this year we would like to thank you for your efforts. Looking back on the year During 2021 over 700 Dojos have run either online or in-person sessions during 2021. Volunteers have been learning how to use video-conferencing tools. They’ve live streamed code-a-long… Read More

The Birthday Giveaway: creative, celebratory projects!

10 November 2021 · by Nuala McHale

Throughout October young people shared their celebratory projects with us as part of The CoderDojo Birthday Giveaway! Young people used their coding skills to make projects to celebrate 10 years of CoderDojo. Check out some of the amazing coded creations below!  Who took part? We received almost one hundred project entries from young people across 15 different countries. Many projects were built using Scratch, but we also received projects created with Python, HTML, C++, TinkerCad and more. We were amazed with the inventiveness and creativity on show. Read More

New projects, new features, new certificates

9 November 2021 · by Nuala McHale

We’ve developed new project paths to develop learners skills and independence. Each path contains six projects. In the first three projects (explore) a set of skills is introduced. This learning is built upon with two more open-ended tasks (design). The final project in the path presents them with a simple project brief (invent), which they can complete in any way they choose. Improved features We’ve also introduced new features such as real-world information about the skills being taught, debugging tips to help find and fix common mistakes and reflection questions to solidify learning. Read More

Launching our birthday giveaway!

1 October 2021 · by Nuala McHale

Ten years ago the first CoderDojo session was held in Cork, Ireland by teenager James Whelton and entrepreneur Bill Liao. In previous years, we’ve run a spooky challenge during October. This year, we want to mark the 10 years of CoderDojo by encouraging young people to join in with the celebrations with birthday-themed coding projects! So, today we are launching the CoderDojo birthday greeting giveaway! What is the birthday greeting giveaway? Young people (aged 7–17) from Dojos worldwide, as well as those new to CoderDojo, are invited to create a project… 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