For Young People

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

The CoderDojo Boo Challenge is back!

1 October 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

CoderDojo volunteers and clubs all around the world have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. When considering whether, and how, to run a fun coding challenge for Ninjas this October, we wanted to make sure that we heard from the CoderDojo community. We reached out to a number of community members, and thanks to their feedback, the CoderDojo Boo Challenge is back! Ways to get involved Of course, things are very different this year, with many clubs running their sessions online, sending activities remotely, or paused for now. If you’re wondering whether the Ninjas… Read More

New beginnings at the Leusden Dojo

16 July 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Martijn is the champion of the Leusden Dojo Earlier this month, my colleague Sonja and I caught up with Leusden Dojo champion, Martijn. We learned about how the Leusden Dojo is resuming face-to-face sessions, and the adaptations and opportunities related to this transition. A sense of community Martijn is the champion of the Leusden Dojo in the Netherlands, which started running in October of last year. Despite being a relatively new Dojo, there is a very strong community spirit among its members. This sense of community was key to the club’s resilience throughout… Read More

3 easy acts of kindness to try at your Dojo

20 February 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

On Monday, we celebrated Random Acts of Kindness Day. This got us thinking about the many ways that members of the CoderDojo community show kindness to each other, and the gratitude that exists for our volunteers. With so much negative content online and in the media, it is important to be reminded of all the good you are doing simply by being involved in this awesome community! In the CoderDojo community, we see random acts of kindness all the time ❤️ Whether it’s a young person helping their peer with a… Read More

CoderDojo and Robotify have teamed up to offer a free course for Ninjas!

31 January 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

The CoderDojo Foundation have teamed up with robotics platform, Robotify, to offer Dojos an exciting gift for the new year! Robotify are an Irish-based company who offer online modules to teach virtual robotics programming, without the need to buy hardware. With this FREE offering, CoderDojo Ninjas can learn new skills while also having lots of fun programming robots! Robosumo – a challenge just for CoderDojo Ninjas Robotify have designed an awesome online module called ‘Robosumo’ especially for the CoderDojo community. In this exciting course, Ninjas get the opportunity… Read More