Young coder goes far after Coolest Projects

11 November 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Kathleen and her anti bullying app. Standing on stage at this summer’s CoderDojo Coolest Project Awards in DCU with 250 other young competitors, Kathleen Marie Maughan (12) did not expect her name to be called out. But it was. She won a Coolest Project award for making an anti-bullying app with the premise “six things to do if you’re bullied”. “I made an anti-bullying quiz because I always used to get bullied for being a Traveller,” she said, adding that the app took about three weeks to make and was “easy”. Read More

Web Summit told ‘kids can start firms’ while at school

6 November 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

EU Digital Girl of the Year and CoderDojo DCU attendee Lauren Boyle and CoderDojo Global CEO Mary Moloney at Web Summit in the RDS. School-goers should not wait until they have graduated to set up a business, Marcus Segal, entrepreneur in residence at the Web Summit and former chief operating officer of Zynga Games has said. Encouraging the thousands of school children in attendance at the Web Summit for Schools event to consider being an entrepreneur, he said: “anyone can start a company, you don’t have to wait until you’re… Read More

DojoCon 2014 – The Global CoderDojo Conference

15 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

CoderDojo Sligo proudly hosted the CoderDojo global conference in Sligo, Ireland on October 3rd and 4th.  We launched on the Friday with some insightful, humorous and thought provoking ignite talks in the beautiful surroundings of Canis Major on the Friday night with a nod to Yeats Country and a projection of W.B. Yeats in binary!  The evenings entertainment was provided by local group the “Out of Towners” while Mentors, Champions, the Foundation team and more, finally put faces to the names! Moving on to the Knocknarea Arena for Saturday, delegates were regaled with tales of massive growth –… Read More

Can you teach a child how to code – even if they can’t read yet?

13 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Kindergartener Talia Levitt has started using the app at the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School in Medford. She says it has taught her to concentrate and use her imagination. Here in Ireland, James Whelton (aged 22) is the founder of Coder Dojo, which teaches young people computer coding skills. He learned how to code when he was just nine – but speaking at the 2012 Web Summit, he said: “I was coding since I was nine but academically, I was pretty horrible. Stuff I was really good at wasn’t recognised anywhere on the curriculum. Teachers thought I was… Read More

Earn your “Skill Sharer – EU Code Week” digital badge!

10 October 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

In association with the Mozilla Foundation, CoderDojo will be awarding the “Skill Sharer – EU Code Week” digital badge to ALL community members that have shared their coding knowledge and skills with others at their Dojo during CodeWeek.EU (11th – 17th of  Oct). These digital badges are an awesome way to show what you’ve done for others at your local Dojo. “As part of EU Code Week, you have stepped up as part of a global movement to teach web literacy.” Please not: We would ask that ONLY CoderDojo Champions fill out the form to submit… Read More

CoderDojo & Codestarter partner to provide laptops to youths in underserved areas in the US.

11 September 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

As you may know the CoderDojo Foundation has recently partnered with Codestarter, a new U.S. based nonprofit, to provide laptops to youths in underserved areas who wish to join CoderDojo sessions. About Codestarter By focusing on underserved populations and offering hardware, Codestarter aims to open the doors to programming education for young people who previously couldn’t take full advantage of the opportunities available for learning to code with CoderDojo. Codestarter has already received pledges of nearly one hundred Acer Chromebooks which they have been distributing to selected Dojos. Initially students receive laptops on loan in order to join… Read More