For Young People

Why volunteer with CoderDojo?

6 September 2019 · by Nuala McHale

This year, there are 12,000 volunteers involved in CoderDojo clubs in over 100 countries, helping young people to learn and create with technology. It is truly amazing how people are willing to share their skills, experience and time so that young people can learn for free in an inclusive and social space! But why do they do it? In 2018 we asked over 550 volunteers around the world why they started volunteering at their local Dojo, and why they keep coming back year after year. More recently, we held a series of focus groups with mentors and champions. Thanks to… Read More

4 new projects to help you learn HTML, CSS and Javascript!

13 June 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Check out the four latest projects developed by our content team which cover HTML, CSS and Javascript. We’ve sorted them according to their difficulty, from beginner to intermediate, so young people can progress through each new project, as they master skills from the previous project.   My favourite celebrity This beginner web development project brings young people step-by-step through coding a web page about their favourite celebrity! You will learn how to style headings, add images, embed youtube videos and display a twitter profile onto a webpage! We chose Maddie Moate for our… Read More

Opening new doors for young Travellers with CoderDojo

7 June 2019 · by Nuala McHale

John Madden is a coordinator at Involve, an organisation that works to widen youth services for young people from the Traveller community in Ireland; involve, formerly the National Association of Traveller Centres, has the aim to improve the lives of young Travellers through inclusion and development. John shares the story of why he introduced CoderDojo training to the youth workers and volunteers at Involve. In large pockets across all of Ireland, people from the Traveller community face great barriers to accessing services and support that are readily available to the vast majority of the settled community. The reasons… Read More

A Guide to making your Dojo more accessible

5 June 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Accessibility is a founding principle of the CoderDojo movement: our vision is that all young people should have the opportunity to learn about technology and be creative in a safe and social environment. Leading by example Prior to releasing this guide, multiple Dojo organisers noted how they wanted to make their Dojo more accessible, but they weren’t sure where to begin. When CoderDojo champion Hannah approached us, with her experience and knowledge of accessibility resources, we jumped at the opportunity to support clubs to become more inclusive. “I have been teaching kids coding since 2013. As an autistic adult,… Read More

Save Kittens with code at your Dojo!

27 May 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Are you looking for a fun online resource to engage young people at your upcoming session? Erase All Kittens is a Mario-style game designed to inspire children to code, whilst giving a gentle introduction to professional programming skills, such as HTML. The online game is set in a magical internet universe where players need to learn new skills to build and fix levels so that they can save cute fluffy kittens from an evil rebellion – Operation EAK.   Additional resources available EAK has 140,000 players worldwide. Over half of these are girls, compared with an estimated 18% for other… Read More

CoderDojo Foundation Report Q1 2019

16 May 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Our Quarter 1 was all about celebrating our worldwide community and creating more great support in more languages. We also welcomed a new member to our community team, in what has been a record-breaking quarter for new Dojo verifications. Here are some highlights of the great work the team has been doing. Get a pdf version of our Q1 report.  … Read More