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What we got up to at DojoCon 2017!

20 October 2017 · by Nuala McHale

This years DojoCon was our most hands on yet. Dojo members travelled from Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and the UK to learn new skills to bring back with them to their local areas as well as meeting Community members from near and far to share their CoderDojo experiences. This year was the first time DojoCon has been held outside of the island of Ireland. The event, which included over 50 workshops, talks and sessions for attendees, did not disappoint! Opening of DojoCon 2017 On… Read More

Celebrating European Code Week with our 5th Annual EU Dojo

18 October 2017 · by Nuala McHale

On October 17th, the fifth annual EUDojo event was held in the in the European Parliament in Brussels. CoderDojo, who recently reached the milestone of having 1,500 coding clubs in 75 countries worldwide, hosted the event along with Ludick Niedmeyer MEP*. The event coincides with the fifth year of Europe Code Week. As part of EUDojo volunteers, and parents from across Europe were invited to participate along with 40 young coders who travelled from Belgium, Bulgaria, Italy, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom to the EU Parliament to showcase their coding and technology skills. Read More

CoderDojo Girls Initiative: What we’ve achieved so far

9 October 2017 · by Nuala McHale

In March we launched the CoderDojo Girls Initiative, which aims to increase the number of girls attending a CoderDojo from 29% to at least 40% over the next three years. Six months on we wanted to highlight what we’ve done so far and what’s next for CoderDojo Girls. In particular we want to highlight that from today anyone will be also able to download and print our ‘Empowering the Future’ guide for free! The Initiative focused on four key areas: developing and improving content conducting and learning from research… Read More

CoderDojo Youths: How Laura loves building robots with friends

27 September 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Laura, who is 11 years old, joined her local CoderDojo club five years ago in Kinsale. Here, Laura tells us her story, highlighting the importance of parental support and doing projects she loved. This post is part of our CoderDojo Girls Initiative. Dojos striving to reach gender parity can sign up to receive our Empowering the future guide along with other resources for free here. I joined CoderDojo when I was six because my dad was one of the Mentors and he wanted me to start coding. I didn’t know anything about computer programming but,… Read More

What we discussed on our September Community Call!

26 September 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Did you miss out on our latest Open Community Call, on 20 September, facilitated by the CoderDojo Foundation? Don’t worry you can listen to call and see the resources that were mentioned below! The open call was hosted by Pete O’Shea, from the CoderDojo Foundation. Watch and listen to the call in it’s entirety here: On the open call, we focused on the below discussion points; Giustina, the Foundation’s Executive Director discussed updates to the CoderDojo Charter and asked for the communities input. Translation of the charter was discussed. our first guest Dave Honess from the Astro Pi project explained how… Read More

Launching the 2017-18 European Astro Pi Challenge!

26 September 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Astro Pi is an annual science and coding competition where school-age youths code is run on the International Space Station! We want to inspire as many Ninjas as possible to further their interests in space science with code! The challenge is open to CoderDojo clubs and schools in all ESA member countries (most of Europe) including Canada and Slovenia. Some Dojos have already gotten involved, including Neffies Dojo in France, so why not get your code into space? Two missions are available; Mission Zero (submission closes on 26 November) A non-competitive mission for young people… Read More

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