How Can Parents Help Out?

17 February 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Parents regularly ask us how can they help support their local Dojo. Below is a list of suggestions of ways parents and guardians of Dojo attendees can help encourage their youths to benefit most from the movement. 1. Bring Youths to a Dojo Physically bringing your child or other young people to their local CoderDojo class is the most obvious way you can support them to develop a love of coding in a creative environment (You can find your nearest Dojo here). Part of this too is booking into Dojo events in advance so… Read More

The 5 Future Makers Awards Finalists (10-13 year old category)!

14 February 2017 · by Nuala McHale

During Europe Code Week 2016, the Future Makers Awards invited youngsters between 10-17 years old to ‘make the future’ and use their coding superpowers to bring about a positive social impact and change in their communities. The response and quality of projects we received from young people around the world was amazing! Well done to all who entered! We received applications from 13 countries including: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cameroon, China , Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, USA and UK. The projects were judged on their technological & coding complexity, their positive social impact and how innovative they are. After… Read More

Dojo Heros: Manuel on running 180 Dojo sessions in Lisbon

10 February 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Manuel, Dojo Champion of CoderDojo LX in Lisbon, Portugal, tells us his experience of setting up a Dojo and what he has learned from the experience.  I’ve been helping people learn how to program for more than 25 years, now. As a recent graduate, I started by teaching a couple of C programming courses to some 40 unfortunate students, around 1990, at a time when I mostly confused teaching how to program with teaching the ins and outs of some programming language. Since then I’ve learned a few things, so that I… Read More

What it’s like starting CoderDojo in my secondary school – CoderDojo youth, Barry

10 February 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Transition year student, Barry, tells us in his own words what it has been like to attend the Dojo that has recently been set up in his secondary school in Dublin, Ireland. When I heard that a Dojo was going to be run in our school I thought this would be a great opportunity to give all students a chance to learn more about a skill that is becoming increasingly important in the modern world. Coding wasn’t recognised as well as it should be in our school and the students who are attending were… Read More

Improving the Garda Vetting Process For Dojo Volunteers in Ireland

7 February 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Rachel here. I’ve been quite the busy bee lately streamlining the CoderDojo Garda Vetting Process in Ireland. As some of you may know, for the past few months I’ve been processing vetting applications through the National Youth Council of Ireland. Based on the information we had at the time, a process was distributed, that our community found very time consuming and complicated. As a result applicants experienced significant delays. Improving the Process I took on board feedback from the community and to speed up the process I applied to… Read More

Integrating The Community Platform on

4 February 2017 · by Nuala McHale

The CoderDojo Community Platform, sometimes referred to as ‘Zen’, hosts Dojo Profiles, enables mentors, parents and youths to create their own CoderDojo profile and book tickets to Dojo events. Volunteers and youths can also earn digital badges on their profiles for completing our E-learning modules, or learning new programming skills; such as intermediate Python. The platform also enables people to search for Dojos currently running on our Dojo map and chat to other members of the community on our forums. One of our responsibilities as regional body is making sure we connect stakeholders in our region. Part… Read More