5 tips for resuming in-person sessions

23 March 2022 · by Nuala McHale

Many of you are planning to run an in-person Dojo session soon — perhaps your first in a long time. We are here to help you! In this blog you will find five useful tips for returning to face-to-face sessions. 1. Check local health authority guidance Before you schedule a session you will need to check the guidance of your local health authorities and confirm that indoor in-person events can take place. You should check whether there are restrictions regarding the type of activity, as well as any concerning your venue. Read More

Three resources for teaching text-based programming

4 March 2022 · by Amy O'Meara

Are you planning to run a Dojo session soon? Do you want some new project ideas to try with your Ninjas? You may remember our post about moving young people from block- to text-based programming and how this can open up new creative opportunities for young coders: this is because there are things that only text-based programming can do.  In this blog post, we will explore the text-based programming language, Python, and share three resources to help you teach it. People often compare text-based programming to learning a language. Read More

5 steps to independent project making 

25 February 2022 · by Nuala McHale

Develop learners skills, creativity and independence in five steps; using Coolest Projects Global as their motivation! The online project showcase and live-streamed ceremony celebrates all levels of websites, games, apps, hardware, and Scratch projects by young creators up to 18 years of age. If it’s possible for you to run some online or in-person sessions between now and 11 May, use Coolest Projects Global to inspire their creativity! You could also email the parents of your Dojo attendees about this opportunity. Imagine Encourage young people to start thinking about project… Read More

What’s new for 2022 and key benefits – Coolest Projects Global

11 February 2022 · by Nuala McHale

Coolest Projects started ten years ago as a way for CoderDojo clubs to share their projects with the wider community. Over the last ten years, it has grown to become the world-leading technology showcase for young creators up to 18 years of age. Coolest Projects Global celebrates young people’s games, websites, apps, hardware, and Scratch projects in an online showcase and a live-streamed ceremony.  Coolest Projects is free to enter and aims to recognise and reward creators, regardless of their experience, skill level, background, or choice of programming language,… Read More

New Unity resources to create 3D worlds!

17 January 2022 · by Nuala McHale

We’ve partnered with Unity Technologies to develop an exciting path of projects for young people who want to create 3D worlds, stories, and games. Unity is a hugely popular software framework for creating 3D video games and virtual, interactive worlds and stories. Professional developers use Unity to create well-known games such as Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Among Us. Best of all it is free for anyone to use.  Introduction to Unity Path Our new project path is the ideal introduction… Read More

What we achieved in 2021

17 December 2021 · by Nuala McHale

What a year! Despite the challenges that continue to be caused by the pandemic, we are incredibly proud of everyone in the CoderDojo community, for your positivity, resilience, and commitment to safety. Regardless of activity you and your Dojo have been able to do this year we would like to thank you for your efforts. Looking back on the year During 2021 over 700 Dojos have run either online or in-person sessions during 2021. Volunteers have been learning how to use video-conferencing tools. They’ve live streamed code-a-long… Read More