Learning resources

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

Bring 3D design to your Dojo!

19 August 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Bring 3D design to your Dojo with Autodesk® Want to provide your Dojo with fresh challenges for the new school year? With Autodesk®  your Dojo can branch out into the awesome world of 3D design, 3D printing and electronics!! Benefits for your Dojo Get ready for a new back to school mission to unleash your Ninjas’ curiosity, creativity and innovation. Autodesk® and the CoderDojo Foundation have launched a new partnership, aiming to empower young coders to design a better world. As an education software partner, Autodesk is providing all CoderDojo Ninjas and Champions and… Read More

Help the CoderDojo Community get exposure to new Mentors!

12 August 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

We’re looking for your help in getting more Software Developers and Programmers that are not already involved in the CoderDojo movement to join the Community! As part of our efforts we have partnered with Pivot Point Research to reach potential Champions around the world. You can help us by joining the Pivotal Perspectives Program. For CoderDojo the goal of this partnership is to help Dojos source new Mentors through increasing exposure of CoderDojo. Please share the mail with other techies you know, this will help more Dojo’s get exposure and reach… Read More

This Is NOT A Game Ocean Challenge 2014: Launch!

29 July 2014 · by Pete O'Shea

Coder Dojo and the US Embassy launch a competition to make games with an aim This is Not a Game, a video game challenge for students, launched at the Festival of Curiosity on 24 July. The goal is to use the fun and popularity of games to raise awareness of Marine issues like overfishing, ocean pollution and ocean acidification. The challenge is being organised by CoderDojo, the U.S. Embassy, and third-level educational institutions including Griffith College. The first of a series of local launch workshops will be in Dublin on September 13 and will include talks… Read More