Learning resources

Community Content Release: Getting Creative

11 September 2017 · by Ciara McHugh

Looking for something different to try at your Dojo? Look no further! From storytelling to making music with code, you can really get the creative juices flowing with these resources by our wonderful volunteers.   Storytelling with Twine Twine is a program that you can use to write interactive stories where the reader chooses what happens! It’s great for all levels and ages: you can create a simple story without writing any code, but you can also use CSS and JavaScript to extend your stories and design how they look. Twine is open source and free to use. Read More

Announcing the release of our second book “Make your Own Game”

5 September 2017 · by Nuala McHale

The first official CoderDojo book, CoderDojo Nano: Build Your Own Website, was a resounding success: it’s available in ten languages, including Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Lithuanian, Latvian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Slovakian and thousands of copies have been bought by aspiring CoderDojo Ninjas. Now we are delighted to announce the release of the second book in our Create with Code trilogy, titled CoderDojo Nano: Make Your Own Game. The paperback book will be available in English from Thursday 7 September (with English flexibound,… Read More

Are you ready for the next Content Hackathon?

1 September 2017 · by Philip Harney

A few months ago we ran our first Content Hackathon, focused on translating our materials from English into other languages. It was a 24 hour effort and involved CoderDojo Community members from all over the world. In general, it was a great success, with a few opportunities for us to learn and improve on it. You can read more about what we produced and what we learned in my earlier blog post on the subject. The next Content Hackathon will be taking place on Saturday the 2nd of December and will include the same translation goals as well… Read More

Two useful Dojo guides to keep yourself and your children safe online

28 August 2017 · by Nuala McHale

As a mum of two in the year 2017, I noticed my children hanging out a lot more online than they do outside. Although I try to combat this with playdates, days out or simple family walks the truth is my kids enjoy playing online as much as they enjoy the outdoors. The internet is a wonderful, educational tool. There is a wealth of information available help children with school projects. There are handy “how to” video tutorials to help them make “slime” from shaving foam and borax (which is very popular in our… Read More

Community Content Release: A-Maze-ing Scratch Tips

28 August 2017 · by Ciara McHugh

Scratch continues to be one of the most popular choices for Ninjas to learn to code. This fine collection of resources will give you loads of Scratch skills to add to your tool belt, all thanks to the dedicated volunteers of CoderDojo.   Maze Game & Blocks Cheat Sheet Make a maze in Scratch and learn about the blocks that are useful for making games with this handy one-page guide by CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire! It shows you what blocks you’ll need for what bits of any game.     Coding Logic Warren Gill, a mentor at the Quarryvale… Read More

Community Content Release: Hardware

25 August 2017 · by Ciara McHugh

The quest for community created content continues. This time I’ve got some resources for the hardware enthusiasts out there!   Arduino LED Sushi Become the LED Master with this set of challenges created by Liam Friel of CoderDojo Bray! You’ll have fun playing with LEDs as you learn how to control them with code on your Arduino. The challenges start off small with Arduino’s built-in LED and progress to creating fancy light shows with your own LED circuits on a breadboard.   Python with Micro:bit David Briddock created these Sushi style handouts  for the Wilmslow CoderDojo. It introduces you to… Read More