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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

How Fiona developed an autism specific Dojo

2 April 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Fiona found it difficult to find suitable extra-curricular activities for her son, who is autistic and needs 1-1 adult support. It’s a problem she knows is shared by other families. As a volunteer with Autism Northern Ireland and a founding committee member of the Tech Education Network CIC she was interested in developing outreach work focusing on inclusion and special educational needs. Below she shares how she discovered CoderDojo as a solution, and how others can learn to make their spaces more autistic-friendly. I wanted to start a club and began exploring CoderDojo, firstly… Read More

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

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

From the Californian Wildfires, how one Dojo rose from the ashes…

4 January 2019 · by CoderDojo

  From the Californian Wildfires, how a Dojo rose from the ashes… After a wildfire engulfed the Makerspace she and others had spent two years building, Candace was faced with the challenge of starting anew… In the fall of 2017, a giant wildfire ripped through Northern California, and large parts of Santa Rosa. No one had seen anything like it. Many of us were at the fairgrounds, helping to ship water, blankets, and supplies to the survivors.   By the end of the week when the last flames had been quenched, we realised our Makerspace… Read More

Looking back on 2018 – A year in review

19 December 2018 · by Giustina Mizzoni

It doesn’t quite feel like twelve months have passed since I wrote my 2017 end-of-year blog. Like all years I’ve been involved in CoderDojo, 2018 has been a year of much change and growth across our movement. First things first: we welcomed 660 new Dojos to the community. Now, thanks to the combined efforts of our volunteers, the movement is reaching more than 60000 young people in 110 countries.   Some personal highlights One of my highlights of the year was my visit the Dungarvan Dojo for their fifth birthday celebration in February. Meeting the champions… Read More