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14th May 2021

5 coding concepts you can learn in Scratch

Scratch is one of the most prolific coding languages used by Dojos around the world. It is great for young people learning to code as it is so visual. It also provides “quick-wins” that motivate and empower young people to continue coding. Scratch has been developed to teach the logic of coding, without young people …

11th December 2020

Our team’s top highlights of 2020!

What a year it has been. Despite significant challenges caused by the pandemic, we have joined together as a community and have learnt to adapt, connect, grow, and share our experiences in brand new ways.  We are incredibly proud of everyone in our community for your positivity, resilience, and commitment to safety this year. Whatever …

25th November 2020

The Boo Challenge: Our pick of creative and original projects!

Throughout October we ran a competition for young people — The CoderDojo Boo Challenge! We invited participants to create projects relating to Halloween or the month of October. Check out some of the amazing coded creations below! Who took part? We received a spook-tacular 100 project entries from young people across 18 different countries. Most …

19th November 2020

How to plan your online session

During November and December, we will be sharing about different aspects of running online coding sessions, and hearing the experience of club leaders who are running their clubs online. In the past year, many volunteers have found themselves planning online club sessions for the first time. From choosing video conferencing tools, to managing mics on …

13th November 2020

New feature alert: Show people that your club is running online

Throughout 2020 I have been amazed by the enthusiasm and perseverance shown by CoderDojo volunteers around the world. In May, one in five clubs told us that they were hosting live online sessions so that young people could continue to code creative projects with their friends.  Listening to the needs of our community There have …

2nd October 2020

4 videos to help you teach coding online!

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been listening carefully to you — our incredible community — and delivering training webinars based on your needs.  In these webinars, we have been sharing how you can support young people while your Dojo is running online. However, the training can also be applied at in-person sessions. …

1st October 2020

The CoderDojo Boo Challenge is back!

CoderDojo volunteers and clubs all around the world have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. When considering whether, and how, to run a fun coding challenge for Ninjas this October, we wanted to make sure that we heard from the CoderDojo community. We reached out to a number of community members, and thanks to their …

11th September 2020

Three tips for planning your next CoderDojo session

While many Dojos have been on hold for the past few months, some clubs are now planning to resume their sessions — either in person, online, or by sending activities for their Ninjas to try at home. You can read about the three main options for resuming your sessions here. We want to make that …

4th September 2020

Restarting your sessions? Here’s how the Owari Dojo became more resilient

Recently, my colleague Sonja and I caught up with Katz — the champion of the Owari Dojo in Japan. Katz shared with us his experience of running online sessions, the challenges his Dojo has faced, and his recent experience of returning to in-person sessions. Learning from others When Japan went into lockdown earlier this year, …

10th January 2020

Celebrate your mentors by nominating them as Volunteer of the Month!

We want to recognise and celebrate the awesome work of CoderDojo volunteers. As part of this, we are excited to run our Volunteer of the Month campaign! What is CoderDojo Volunteer of the Month? It’s an online celebration of the amazing work volunteers around the world are doing in their local CoderDojo club. Each month, …

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