Minutes of the CoderDojo Community Call on August 8th

14 August 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Did you miss out on our latest Open Community Call, on August 8th, facilitated by the CoderDojo Foundation? Don’t worry you can listen to call and see the resources that were mentioned below! The open call was chaired by Pete O’Shea, from the CoderDojo Foundation. On the open call, we focused on the below discussion points; Thanks to everyone who joined from , asked questions and shared their insights! Topics Richard on running a Raspberry Pi Dojo (Coderdojo Zoetermeer in the Netherlands) Pete gives general CoderDojo update on growth, size and impact of the movement Community… Read More

3 great ways to start learning to code

12 August 2017 · by Philip Harney

Welcome to the start of this year’s Back to Dojo content roundup! This week we’ve got some new stuff for you, along with some old favourites. Together they’re pretty much all my favourite jumping-off points for new Ninjas learning to code, or Ninjas who’ve already tried one of them and want to try something different. Start from Scratch Try our Beginner Scratch Sushi Cards to get a visual start to coding and easily make your first games. Pros Quick and impressive graphical results. Block-based editing avoids typos and many errors. Wide array of concepts covered: variables, lists, named functions, etc. Read More

Apply for a Travel Bursary to DojoCon 2017!

1 August 2017 · by Nuala McHale

DojoCon is the annual global CoderDojo conference for all those volunteers involved in Dojos worldwide. The annual event is a fantastic opportunity to connect with other generous and experienced people who are a the core of the movement. At the DojoCon conference, ideas are shared through panel discussions and workshops to develop new ways to inspire and engage at your local Dojo. This years event promises to be the most hands on DojoCon yet, with a mission “to ensure that every attendee leaves with at least one thing they can use in their Dojo back home”. Would you like to… Read More

CoderDojo announced as a winning innovation project as part of Expo 2020!

31 July 2017 · by Nuala McHale

The CoderDojo Foundation has won an Expo Live grant from organisers of the next World Expo, being held in Dubai in 2020. The CoderDojo Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Dublin, supports the volunteer-led global movement of free programming clubs for young people aged 7-17 years. Giustina Mizzoni, Executive Director of the CoderDojo Foundation, said: “The first Dojo started in Cork, and within five years the movement has scaled rapidly. We now have 1,320 clubs in 75 countries. We believe CoderDojo is truly unique; its model, its open-source, and its community… Read More

Community Content Release: Scratch Arcade!

28 July 2017 · by Ciara McHugh

Being an open source movement, CoderDojo does not define any curriculum or fixed set of learning resources. This means Dojos are free to choose–and create– materials as they see fit. Many of you are indeed creating wonderful resources for your Dojos! By sharing them with the wider community, your efforts can benefit not only Ninjas in your Dojo but potentially many others around the world, and in turn you can save time and energy by using materials created by other community members. Here is a selection of tutorials to make arcade-style games in Scratch, created by volunteers in the CoderDojo community!… Read More

Outcomes of our first online content hackathon

26 July 2017 · by Philip Harney

On Saturday July 15th, a group of CoderDojo community members gave up hours of their time to help translate and create educational content for a variety of topics into many different languages. We’d like to thank everyone who took part for their efforts and their time. In this post I’ll be walking through what we achieved, what we learned, and where we’re going next with our efforts to have organised content events like this. What we achieved First, the cool stuff! We translated and created a whole bunch of materials and it’s going to take me a little while to… Read More