For Young People

Encouraging computational thinking offline with Unplugged activities

13 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Unplugged activities are coding and coding-related activities that don’t require a computer. Lots of these are computational thinking tasks; learning to look at, break down, and design solutions to problems in the same way computer programmers do. These short activities are fantastic to introduce in your Dojo as icebreakers to help new Ninjas feel relaxed or as warm up activities to get everybody in the mood for some cool digital making! Longer ones can be good activities either for a change of pace or for Ninjas who may be too young to code on a computer. The following… Read More

We’re hiring a Communications & Engagement Coordinator!

12 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Communications & Engagement Coordinator Salary range: €27,500 – €30,000 p.a. Location: Dublin Contract: Initially 6 month with potential for permanency Hours: Full-time, part-time, or flexible Eligibility: You must be eligible to work in Ireland and travel to the UK About Us The CoderDojo Foundation is a Dublin-based educational charity that works to give every child the opportunity to learn how to code and create with technology. We do this through supporting the volunteer-led CoderDojo movement. Founded in July 2011, the movement is based on open-source principles, meaning that anyone anywhere in the world can start a… Read More

Try out these Dojo Icebreakers

5 September 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Why use Icebreakers at your Dojo? In a group setting, such as a Dojo, icebreakers can play an important role in helping young people learn about and connect with one another. They enhance the mentoring and learning experience by encouraging cooperation and friendships in the group. The benefits of starting a session with ice-breakers include: Helping a new group get to know one another. Helping new members to integrate into a group. Encouraging cooperation. Encouraging listening to others. Developing social skills. Read More

How to Create & Promote your #BackToDojo event!

29 August 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Many CoderDojo clubs who took a break over the summer are preparing to return #BackToDojo. During this time we’ve made booking tickets into your Dojo simpler for parents on the CoderDojo platform (Zen). Dojo events are easier to discover, the booking process is better at handling group bookings and more! This ensures that parents will have a great experience finding and booking into your next event! Once you are registered as a Dojo Champion, or have been given Dojo Admin rights, you can create events (and recurring events) as shown below.  … Read More

Three things I learned at the Scratch Conference

28 August 2018 · by Christina

At the end of July, I attended the Scratch Conference at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. This event brought together individuals from all over the world to discuss and share best practices around helping children to create and learn with coding. CoderDojo had a poster session along with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. A little over a year ago, CoderDojo merged with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, so it was great to represent and share about how these two foundations have come together to create spaces for… Read More

What we discussed on the July Open Community Call

9 August 2018 · by Ross O'Neill

Throughout the year the CoderDojo Foundation hold regular online calls which are open to all those involved in CoderDojo Globally. On our July call we had two community members, Mishari and Junya, based in Thailand and Japan share their experiences starting up Dojos and developing a local support network. Maimuna, the CoderDojo Foundation’s software development intern also shared what she’s been working on to improve the booking process You can jump to specific sections you wish to listen to via the links provided below or listen to the entire call. Topic Who Welcome & updates! Q&A [… Read More