Youth Stories

Celebrating Libraries at EUDojo 2018

19 October 2018 · by Nuala McHale

On Wednesday 17 October, CoderDojo held our sixth annual EUDojo in the European Parliament in Brussels. Since last year’s event, CoderDojo has grown significantly, with almost 500 new Dojos. It is incredible that this Irish-founded initiative has turned into a global phenomenon, with clubs in over 100 countries worldwide. EUDojo coincides with the sixth year of Europe Code Week, and the event was co-hosted by MEP Sean Kelly and the EPP party. It was attended by MEPs from over 10 countries. Volunteers, champions and parents from across nine European countries were invited… Read More

Coolest Projects: How Kavi created her smart lifestyle app, Chew IQ!

29 March 2018 · by Amy O'Meara

As Coolest Projects International 2018 fast approaches, we are continuing to share inspiring stories from participants of last year’s event. This week, Kavi tells us about her awesome project and recalls her Coolest Projects journey. Kavi is a member of Tiburon CoderDojo @ BelTib Library in California, and she was 15 years old at the time of Coolest Projects 2017.      Inspiring healthier lifestyles Kavi’s project, Chew IQ, is an innovative mobile app which helps kids to make healthy food choices. She was inspired to create this useful… Read More

Coolest Projects: Tayra’s awesome game to encourage healthy eating

26 March 2018 · by Amy O'Meara

Over the past few weeks we have featured some amazing stories from participants of last year’s Coolest Projects event. This week, we have been lucky to hear from Tayra, a Ninja at the Weda Dojo in Bulgaria. Tayra was 8 years old when she took part in Coolest Projects ‘17 with her awesome project, ABCD Code, which is a Scratch game to help children learn about healthy eating and the benefits of fruit and vegetables.  Tayra’s engaging idea for teaching healthy eating Tayra had the idea for her project after… Read More

Coolest Projects: How Jeroen’s app can support refugee communities

16 March 2018 · by Amy O'Meara

As part of our Coolest Projects youth stories, we have been speaking to some participants of last year’s event and hearing all about their awesome Coolest Projects experiences. This time, Jeroen has kindly shared his story with us. Jeroen was 15 when he attended the event last year, with his admirable project, Welcome Here. He is a member of the Mechelen @ Technopolis Dojo in Belgium. An inspiring idea to help people in difficult situations Jeroen had the idea to create his project when he heard that many people were… Read More

Coolest Projects: learning maths with Krum’s awesome robot

13 March 2018 · by Amy O'Meara

In the run-up to Coolest Projects 2018, we are continuing to share inspiring stories from a selection of participants of last year’s event. This week, we heard from Krum, who was 8 years old when he attended Coolest Projects 2017 with his awesome project, FunMatics with mBot. Krum is a Ninja at Sofia @ Telerik Academy in Bulgaria. Introducing Krum’s project: FunMatics with MBot Krum took inspiration for his project when he was working on his maths homework for school, and had the idea to create a robot who could help… Read More

Coolest Projects: Andrea’s inspiring idea to help sick children

9 March 2018 · by Amy O'Meara

Over the last few weeks we have been hearing from participants of last year’s Coolest Projects showcase, as part of our series of community stories. This time, we are delighted to share Andrea’s experience of Coolest Projects 2017. Andrea is a Ninja at [email protected] in Bulgaria and was just 7 years old when she attended the event at the RDS last year with her amazing project, Donate Hair for Cancer Wigs.   Heartfelt inspiration for a noble cause Andrea’s project took the form of a short story, which she coded using Scratch. Read More