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The CoderDojo Boo Challenge is back!

1 October 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

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 feedback, the CoderDojo Boo Challenge is back! Ways to get involved Of course, things are very different this year, with many clubs running their sessions online, sending activities remotely, or paused for now. If you’re wondering whether the Ninjas… Read More

Three tips for planning your next CoderDojo session

11 September 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

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 journey as seamless as possible. We hope that you will find the following tips helpful! Promote your Dojo Many Dojos use social media to promote their club and to showcase the activities that they… Read More

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

4 September 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Katz is the champion of the Owari Dojo 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, Katz looked at ways that his Dojo members could continue to connect, learn, and have fun. It was clear that online sessions were the safest and most effective way to… Read More

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

10 January 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

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, anyone can nominate a volunteer to be ‘Volunteer of the Month’ on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or using the form below. Nominate someone here! You can nominate a volunteer at… Read More

Avye’s mission to make coding an inclusive activity for all

10 October 2019 · by Amy O'Meara

International Day of the Girl is a significant date for all of us, as more girls worldwide join coding clubs in their communities.  To celebrate the date, we’d like to share one girl’s incredible CoderDojo story.     How Avye discovered her passion for technology Avye, 11, is a young tech creator from London. She embodies the ethos of CoderDojo in her mission to make coding an inclusive, creative, and fun activity for all.  Avye discovered her passion for technology when she began attending her local CoderDojo in… Read More

3 simple ways to move from block- to text-based programming

4 October 2019 · by Amy O'Meara

As you return #BackToDojo, you may be wondering how to challenge and engage your older Ninjas. Most Ninjas begin their learning journey with Scratch. It’s visual and delivers immediate results — perfect for beginners! However, as time goes on they may want to create projects that simply cannot be achieved using Scratch. Making the transition to a text-based language, such as Python, can help to unlock creative potential for older Ninjas. This will in turn keep them engaged at your club. 1. Share real examples Young people may find new concepts… Read More