For Young People

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

Share your Gratitude with our Ninja Competition!

22 November 2018 · by Nuala McHale

To celebrate the month of giving, we are hosting a global competition for young people involved in CoderDojo (Ninjas) to celebrate all they are thankful for. We want to encourage young people to share the things they are thankful for using the skills they have learned in their local CoderDojo club! Entrants can make a project about anything or anyone they are thankful for! It can be a HTML thank you card, a Scratch game where you highlight things you are grateful for, or a robot that plays a “thank you” song to your family for… Read More

8 books to develop young people’s coding skills

30 October 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Libraries have always been spaces where young people can explore new ideas and access emerging technologies. It makes sense that they would be an ideal space to host a CoderDojo club. Not only are libraries centres of learning for a community, they often are jammed with books on computers and coding to bolster young peoples understanding and love of making with technology! Below are 8 books we have found useful for explaining coding concepts and skills to young people!   Ages 4-7 Lift-the-Flap Computers and Coding By Rosie Dickins… Read More

Library Focus: How Ivan found a perfect fit with CoderDojo

23 October 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Libraries have proven to be great spaces to host Dojos. As highlighted in our CoderDojo in the Library handbook, they are perfect for bringing young people together to learn about technology. Ivan Silva, works in his community’s local Belvedere Tiburon Library. He decided to start a Dojo there back in 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. Here he shares his experience. I have been involved with CoderDojo since 2013. I first heard about the clubs when a member of the Sudo Room hackerspace in Oakland mentioned… Read More

Celebrating Libraries at EUDojo 2018

19 October 2018 · by Nuala McHale

On Wednesday 17 October, CoderDojo held our sixth annual EUDojo in the European Parliament in Brussels. Since last year’s event, CoderDojo has grown significantly, with almost 500 new Dojos. It is incredible that this Irish-founded initiative has turned into a global phenomenon, with clubs in over 100 countries worldwide. EUDojo coincides with the sixth year of Europe Code Week, and the event was co-hosted by MEP Sean Kelly and the EPP party. It was attended by MEPs from over 10 countries. Volunteers, champions and parents from across nine European countries were invited… Read More

Library Focus: Experiences from Blanchardstown Dojo

15 October 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Libraries have proven to be great spaces to host Dojos, as highlighted in our CoderDojo in the Library handbook. Conor Hennessy, who works in Blanchardstown Library, decided to start a Dojo this year. Here he shares his experience of running the club and his advice for others thinking of starting a Dojo themselves: As libraries provide access to new and emerging technologies, we decided to set up a CoderDojo to introduce the public in our local area to coding. We have been running sessions once a week for the past three to four months. The… Read More