For Young People

Nikole Vaughn: A #RealRoleModel for the next generation of female coders

29 March 2019 · by Kevin Johnson

“They all show up and they all want to do good, for each other” We have loved celebrating the incredible women in our CoderDojo community this month, especially because we’ve had the opportunity to hear some of their empowering stories. On International Women’s Day, we spent the morning speaking with Nikole Vaughn, one of the CoderDojo champions at the San Antonio CoderDojo Collaborative, to learn more about what she is doing to foster the next generation of female coders. Nikole is a woman with many titles: mother,… Read More

#ChatDojo Febuary Recap: Part 1

1 March 2019 · by Nuala McHale

On February 17 we held our second twelve-hour Twitter chat so that all those around the world involved in CoderDojo could take part and share their experiences. During February our focus has been on the 12,000 volunteers involved in Dojos globally, and #ChatDojo was no exception. Thanks to all the Volunteers in Japan, Texas, North Carolina, Greece, the Netherlands, Russia, Ireland and the UK who took part! In particular thanks to Togazono (of Kodaira Dojo), Simon (of Harrogate Dojo) and Manos (of Votanikos Dojo) who supported as community moderators during the day. Below is… Read More

An early spring clean of our Dojo database

12 February 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Throughout the year the CoderDojo Foundation team reaches out to Dojos with updates and to see how they are getting on – through our newsletters, social channels, webinars and in-person events. Once a year, we do this more systematically to be sure each Dojo has been contacted and had the opportunity to ask questions or give feedback. Dojo leaders heard from the Foundation team about filling out the annual survey. If you didn’t get a chance to fill it out, we sent a message asking you to let us know if your Dojo still has… Read More

5 resources for Internet Safety Day

5 February 2019 · by Nuala McHale

This internet safety day we want to highlight that the internet is an amazing tool and an integral resource for young people and adults who are learning to create with code. However, it is necessary to take measures to ensure that young people are protected when they are using the internet, both within a Dojo setting and at home. Learning to be safe online is an essential skill for everyone – see five useful resources to help you get started below. For young people This online safety leaflet contains important guidelines for Ninjas,… Read More

How to nominate volunteers for an appreciation pack!

1 February 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Volunteers are the backbone of CoderDojo. Our volunteers come from all walks of life. They are parents, students, engineers, designers, educators, librarians, youth workers and much more! This month we want to say thank you, and celebrate the twelve thousand volunteers around the world who give their time and energy to support young people in CoderDojo clubs! We want to hear how you or other volunteers, Mentors or Champions are going above and beyond to support young people and other volunteers involved in your club.   How can you participate? On your favourite social media account (Twitter, Instagram,… Read More

Upcoming Community Webinar – Join us!

18 January 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Our regular CoderDojo community webinars are an excellent opportunity for Dojos to connect and learn from each other’s experiences. Listen in, learn, get support and share your ideas with other CoderDojo volunteers around the world. You will also have an opportunity to ask CoderDojo Foundation members any questions you might have. Our upcoming call is on Tuesday, January 22 from 5:00pm – 6:00pm GMT. What are you planning for your Dojo in 2019? This months call is hosted by Nicola, Community Manager at the CoderDojo Foundation and Stefano, Champion of Pisa Dojo (Italy) since 2015! On the call we will… Read More