For Young People

Top tech companies back CoderDojo plan!

6 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

The world’s leading tech companies have backed plans to expand CoderDojo clubs for children who want to learn computing coding. Representatives from Microsoft, IBM, AutoDesk and Mission V were all present in Sligo over the weekend to announce an expansion of the programme that offers children the opportunity to learn code in a safe and social way. Dave Shepherd, head of Frontline Help for Barclays, said that Ireland’s input to teaching code was very important. “Something is happening in Ireland and it is going to change the world. Barclays are now opening their doors to CoderDojo,” – Dave Shepherd Read… Read More

Trailblazer: Meet the future. Her name is Lauren.

6 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

The nine-year-old has designed her own hit website and is a member of CoderDojo, where young people are re-inventing the world. “For this site I had to tessellate pictures for the background,” she tells me excitedly. I make a mental note to look up the meaning of ‘tessellate’ as soon as I leave her Foxrock, Dublin, home. The brains behind the coolkidsstudio.com website, which provides life skills for children, Lauren is something of a trailblazer in the field of coding and web design in Ireland. Read the full article by Graham Clifford here. Read More

We need your Dojo to register your CodeWeek.EU Event today!

2 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

As you may already know CodeWeek.EU is coming up on the 11th – 17th of Oct! What you may not know is that at a recent conference in Brussels, Ireland was singled out by Neelie Kroes as the exemplar country for all other EU countries regarding digital skills. Currently on the CodeWeek.EU Map we are 5th place on the list of registered events! Last year Ireland was in first place and CoderDojo as the biggest EU wide movement! So lets set the example again this year and get Ireland to number one on the list for registered events for… Read More

CoderDojo & Codestarter partner to provide laptops to youths in underserved areas in the US.

11 September 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

As you may know the CoderDojo Foundation has recently partnered with Codestarter, a new U.S. based nonprofit, to provide laptops to youths in underserved areas who wish to join CoderDojo sessions. About Codestarter By focusing on underserved populations and offering hardware, Codestarter aims to open the doors to programming education for young people who previously couldn’t take full advantage of the opportunities available for learning to code with CoderDojo. Codestarter has already received pledges of nearly one hundred Acer Chromebooks which they have been distributing to selected Dojos. Initially students receive laptops on loan in order to join… Read More

Showcase your project at the Web Summit

10 September 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

At the Dublin Web Summit main event (4th – 6th Nov) there will be a Coderdojo Booth located in the main hall. We are looking for CoderDojo Ninjas to showcase their projects that they’ve made at Coderdojo for one of these days (either the 4th, 5th or 6th) at the booth and some might even be selected to go on stage ! Only Ninjas that are showcasing a project and their Mentors / guardians can attend the Web Summit main event on the day. This event is separate to the Web Summit for Schools event on the… Read More

#EPDojo @ Electric Picnic

8 September 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

CoderDojo recently held the first CoderDojo Pop up Dojo at a music festival giving kids and their parents the opportunity to get a taste of it’s like to attend a Dojo. There was a total of 16, 45 minute long sessions held over 3 days. During this time over 170 young people learned how to make their own video game in Scratch for the first time! We also used Makey Makey kits as controllers for the games that attendees built at the Dojo showing attendees the mechanical side of building cool projects. In addition to technology… Read More