For Young People

How to plan an Hour of Code activity at your Dojo!

6 December 2019 · by Amy O'Meara

What is The Hour of Code? The Hour of Code is a worldwide initiative to demystify coding and to give people everywhere a basic introduction to Computer Science. Anyone, anywhere, can organise a one-hour activity in their local community as part of The Hour of Code — so why not host an activity at your Dojo! When does The Hour of Code take place? You can host an Hour of Code event all year round, but typically The Hour of Code coincides with Computer Science Education Week… Read More

Announcing the winners of the CoderDojo Boo Challenge!

26 November 2019 · by Amy O'Meara

Throughout October and early November we ran a competition for CoderDojo Ninjas — The CoderDojo Boo Challenge! Young people made projects that incorporated either bats, orange, or October. Check out some of the amazing coded creations below! Who took part? We received a spook-tacular 252 project entries from young people across 17 different countries. The majority of projects were built using Scratch, but we also received projects created with Python, HTML, C++ and more. With so many awesome projects, it was very tricky for our judges to select winners. The projects below… Read More

CoderDojo Foundation Report Q2 2019

19 November 2019 · by Amy O'Meara

As 2019 draws to a close, we would like to share some insights and learnings from our second quarter. Throughout Q2 we focused heavily on supporting our community members from around the world. We did this by streamlining our support systems, releasing various pieces of organisational content, and through offering volunteer recognition. You can read about the great work the team has been doing in the Q2 report below. Get the pdf version of our Q2 report.  … Read More

Avye’s mission to make coding an inclusive activity for all

10 October 2019 · by Amy O'Meara

International Day of the Girl is a significant date for all of us, as more girls worldwide join coding clubs in their communities.  To celebrate the date, we’d like to share one girl’s incredible CoderDojo story.     How Avye discovered her passion for technology Avye, 11, is a young tech creator from London. She embodies the ethos of CoderDojo in her mission to make coding an inclusive, creative, and fun activity for all.  Avye discovered her passion for technology when she began attending her local CoderDojo in… Read More

3 simple ways to move from block- to text-based programming

4 October 2019 · by Amy O'Meara

As you return #BackToDojo, you may be wondering how to challenge and engage your older Ninjas. Most Ninjas begin their learning journey with Scratch. It’s visual and delivers immediate results — perfect for beginners! However, as time goes on they may want to create projects that simply cannot be achieved using Scratch. Making the transition to a text-based language, such as Python, can help to unlock creative potential for older Ninjas. This will in turn keep them engaged at your club. 1. Share real examples Young people may find new concepts… Read More

Don’t miss out on the CoderDojo BOO Challenge! Deadline 12 November

1 October 2019 · by Kevin Johnson

It’s time to get SPOOKY, and we’ve got just the TRICK to make sure you get all the TREATS that this fall season has to offer. Get ready for the CoderDojo BOO Challenge! What is the CoderDojo BOO Challenge? We’d like to invite young people from Dojos worldwide to create a project with the word BOO in mind. How does it work, you ask? The project you submit has to incorporate BOO: bats, orange, or October! That means that your project can be about anything you want, so long as it includes… Read More