Resources

7 Online courses to develop your mentor skills in 2019

8 January 2019 · by Nuala McHale

It’s that time of year when many Dojos are returning back after the new year. To help you get back into the swing of things we’re highlighting some of the awesome free online courses you and your mentors can take part in to upskill in in 2019! Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. – Henry Ford   Our FutureLearn courses Starting a CoderDojo First up is our Starting a CoderDojo club course. This free three-week course… Read More

Scratch 3.0 has arrived! – What’s new?

3 January 2019 · by Nuala McHale

CoderDojo clubs around the world use Scratch both online and offline to enable young people to express themselves, create projects, try new things and learn along with their peers. Scratch has been a vital tool not only in developing creative learning, but in also teaching coding concepts and problem-solving skills. Now Scratch 3.0 has been officially released!    What new updates have been added to Scratch 3.0? This new version expands what, how and where children can create with code. Since the Beta release in August, young people in Dojos have been testing out… 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

8 winter themed projects to keep kids busy over the Holidays

19 December 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Whether you’re in Argentina or Antartica – you can keep children and teens busy this holiday season with these fun coded projects! Create snowball throwing or skiing games in Scratch, make animated snow scenes in Blender, code carols to get you in the festive spirit or develop a sensor and alarm project to catch Santa! Scratch 1. Use Scratch to create a skiing game in which you have to avoid randomly appearing obstacles to score points! 2. Make a game in which you have to throw snowballs at… Read More

Share your Gratitude with our Ninja Competition!

22 November 2018 · by Nuala McHale

To celebrate the month of giving, we are hosting a global competition for young people involved in CoderDojo (Ninjas) to celebrate all they are thankful for. We want to encourage young people to share the things they are thankful for using the skills they have learned in their local CoderDojo club! Entrants can make a project about anything or anyone they are thankful for! It can be a HTML thank you card, a Scratch game where you highlight things you are grateful for, or a robot that plays a “thank you” song to your family for… Read More

8 books to develop young people’s coding skills

30 October 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Libraries have always been spaces where young people can explore new ideas and access emerging technologies. It makes sense that they would be an ideal space to host a CoderDojo club. Not only are libraries centres of learning for a community, they often are jammed with books on computers and coding to bolster young peoples understanding and love of making with technology! Below are 8 books we have found useful for explaining coding concepts and skills to young people!   Ages 4-7 Lift-the-Flap Computers and Coding By Rosie Dickins… Read More