Celebrating 10 years of CoderDojo!

23 July 2021 · by Nuala McHale

Ten years ago today, on 23 July 2011, the first CoderDojo session was held in Cork, Ireland by teenager James Whelton and entrepreneur Bill Liao. From that first session, CoderDojo clubs sprung up across Ireland, and then spread globally to more than 100 countries over the last decade. During this time, dedicated volunteers have run thousands of CoderDojo sessions across the world, making the CoderDojo movement a global phenomenon.  Well done to all involved! Over the years, you’ve had a huge impact in your local area, and we thank you for your contributions as part of… Read More

5 Python projects to master machine vision

28 January 2021 · by Amy O'Meara

At the end of last year, we showed you two brand-new project pathways based on the themes of well-being and the environment. Once again, we are delighted to share yet another new pathway with you — this one is all about a type of machine learning called machine vision! Access the machine vision pathway What is machine vision? Machine vision can be thought of as the “eyes” of a machine, it allows a computer to perceive its environment. The technology has been around for a… Read More

How Dojos in India got involved in global coding competitions in 2020!

10 December 2020 · by vasu

Competitions around coding have become more and more popular in recent years, and the real-world impact of these competitions shows young people what they can achieve with coding and computing beyond the classroom. Participating in coding competitions is fun, enjoyable, and rewarding, and also helps young people see the power of collaboration.   In this blog post, we are going to highlight some Dojos and Ninjas from India who have participated in competitions in 2020!  Color the code: Holi challenge In March this year, we launched the ‘Color the Code: Holi challenge’. We… Read More

2 brand new project pathways

11 November 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

We are delighted to share two new project pathways from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Each pathway includes six brand new Scratch projects, based on themes that young people can relate to and engage with. You can introduce these projects to your Ninjas as part of an online or in-person coding session. Likewise, parents may like to work on the projects at home with their kids. Kayla from the Eccles Dojo working on the Count the Creatures project from the Protect our Planet pathway Try out the projects  The Look after yourself pathway is… Read More

Resources to help you get #BackToDojo in 2020

19 August 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

It’s been a year unlike any other; like many others, the global CoderDojo community has had to adapt to a whole host of new circumstances in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Despite many Dojos around the world having to pause their sessions earlier this year, a remarkable number of clubs found new and innovative ways to learn, connect, and have fun. Almost 22% of Dojos polled in May reported that they were running online sessions — with many others sending out activities to their Ninjas and keeping in touch with their mentors.  The focus… Read More

3 free online coding courses for volunteers!

20 March 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Learning a new skill can be a great way to stay positive and motivated, particularly during challenging times. That’s why our online courses are ideal for volunteers looking to upskill. Reasons to try a course The courses on offer are based around various aspects of computer science and digital making. Whether you are an absolute beginner, or a more seasoned programmer, there is something there for you. On top of this, all of the courses are: FREE short in duration completed from the comfort of… Read More