What We Do

How Fiona developed an autism specific Dojo

2 April 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Fiona found it difficult to find suitable extra-curricular activities for her son, who is autistic and needs 1-1 adult support. It’s a problem she knows is shared by other families. As a volunteer with Autism Northern Ireland and a founding committee member of the Tech Education Network CIC she was interested in developing outreach work focusing on inclusion and special educational needs. Below she shares how she discovered CoderDojo as a solution, and how others can learn to make their spaces more autistic-friendly. I wanted to start a club and began exploring CoderDojo, firstly… Read More

Nikole Vaughn: A #RealRoleModel for the next generation of female coders

29 March 2019 · by Kevin Johnson

“They all show up and they all want to do good, for each other” We have loved celebrating the incredible women in our CoderDojo community this month, especially because we’ve had the opportunity to hear some of their empowering stories. On International Women’s Day, we spent the morning speaking with Nikole Vaughn, one of the CoderDojo champions at the San Antonio CoderDojo Collaborative, to learn more about what she is doing to foster the next generation of female coders. Nikole is a woman with many titles: mother,… Read More

An early spring clean of our Dojo database

12 February 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Throughout the year the CoderDojo Foundation team reaches out to Dojos with updates and to see how they are getting on – through our newsletters, social channels, webinars and in-person events. Once a year, we do this more systematically to be sure each Dojo has been contacted and had the opportunity to ask questions or give feedback. Dojo leaders heard from the Foundation team about filling out the annual survey. If you didn’t get a chance to fill it out, we sent a message asking you to let us know if your Dojo still has… Read More

5 resources for Internet Safety Day

5 February 2019 · by Nuala McHale

This internet safety day we want to highlight that the internet is an amazing tool and an integral resource for young people and adults who are learning to create with code. However, it is necessary to take measures to ensure that young people are protected when they are using the internet, both within a Dojo setting and at home. Learning to be safe online is an essential skill for everyone – see five useful resources to help you get started below. For young people This online safety leaflet contains important guidelines for Ninjas,… Read More

How to nominate volunteers for an appreciation pack!

1 February 2019 · by Nuala McHale

Volunteers are the backbone of CoderDojo. Our volunteers come from all walks of life. They are parents, students, engineers, designers, educators, librarians, youth workers and much more! This month we want to say thank you, and celebrate the twelve thousand volunteers around the world who give their time and energy to support young people in CoderDojo clubs! We want to hear how you or other volunteers, Mentors or Champions are going above and beyond to support young people and other volunteers involved in your club.   How can you participate? On your favourite social media account (Twitter, Instagram,… Read More

Scratch 3.0 has arrived! – What’s new?

3 January 2019 · by Nuala McHale

CoderDojo clubs around the world use Scratch both online and offline to enable young people to express themselves, create projects, try new things and learn along with their peers. Scratch has been a vital tool not only in developing creative learning, but in also teaching coding concepts and problem-solving skills. Now Scratch 3.0 has been officially released!    What new updates have been added to Scratch 3.0? This new version expands what, how and where children can create with code. Since the Beta release in August, young people in Dojos have been testing out… Read More