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5 coding concepts you can learn in Scratch

14 May 2021 · by Nuala McHale

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 worrying about typing or remembering names and syntax. Below are 5 coding concepts you can highlight in Scratch, and projects to help you do so. This can be useful when moving on from Scratch to a text-based language… Read More

Our team’s top highlights of 2020!

11 December 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

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 stage you and your Dojo are at, we would like to thank you for your efforts — however big or small.  Looking back on the year Our poll in September revealed that 35% of Dojos are… Read More

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

25 November 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

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 of the projects were built using Scratch, but we also received projects created with Python, HTML, C++ and more. We were astounded with the inventiveness and creativity on show — it was very tricky for our judges to… Read More

How to plan your online session

19 November 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

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 calls, it might have felt like a jump into the unknown! Nonetheless, these sessions have been a great way for young people to connect and continue learning while in-person sessions cannot take place.  In this blog, we share some… Read More

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

13 November 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

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 been many changes to how clubs have been running this year. Our friends in several CoderDojo regional bodies asked us if there was a way to indicate whether a club is running online — so that they… Read More

4 videos to help you teach coding online!

2 October 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

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. We hope that these videos will give you the confidence to continue learning with your Ninjas — whether you are running your sessions online, in person, or a mixture of the two!. Below are a selection of snippets from… Read More