For Young People

Dojo Icebreakers

18 January 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Why use Icebreakers at your Dojo? Icebreakers can play an important role in helping young people integrate and connect with one another in a group environment, such as a Dojo. Icebreakers enhance your mentoring experience by helping to stimulate cooperation and participation. They provide positive momentum for attendees by: • Helping a new group get to know one another. • Helping new members to integrate into a group. • Helping young people feel comfortable together. • Encouraging cooperation. • Encouraging listening to others. • Developing social skills. • Building a rapport with leaders. Read More

Dojo Heros: What Tramore Dojo have achieved since September

16 January 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Karen, Champion of Tramore Dojo, (located in Waterford, Ireland) tells us the highlights of all they have achieved since last September thanks to their hard work and dedication. Looking the Part September began with Waterford Technologies sponsoring CoderDojo Tramore’s new T-shirts so our volunteers are easily identifiable by ninjas and parents. The T-shirts display the logo of their new cloud-based solution SISCIN’s, which was launched recently. Celebrating Code Week Students from Waterford Institute of Technology visited CoderDojo Tramore for  Europe Code Week, a grassroots initiative to bring coding and digital literacy to… Read More

How Badges benefit your child

14 January 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Digital badges are becoming a popular way to acknowledge digital skills achieved by attendees at Dojos. They are almost like a Scout’s badge which are awarded once someone reaches a certain level or learns a particular skill except they are digital! How are CoderDojo Badges useful? CoderDojo digital badges allow youths to: verify their programming skills highlight event participation showcase their skills for employment or education They are a great method of validating digital and other skills which aren’t always very visible.   How… Read More

Dojo Resources: Freeing up your time

9 January 2017 · by Nuala McHale

As many of you will be planning your Dojos for the coming year around now, we’ve decided to point out a few things that can make your lives a lot easier, as part of out #BackToDojo series! Here Philip, our Content Lead explains how using CoderDojo resources can free up your time: When I first planned my own Dojo, I found myself writing original material for everything, not sure whether I could use certain online tutorials or whether they’d be appropriate for the kids at my Dojo. It usually took me longer to prepare for a Dojo than to… Read More

CoderDojo Youths: Aoife’s Favourite Project & Insight

5 January 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Aoife, who is a 17 year old Dojo attendee from Sligo, has been part of CoderDojo for the last 2 years. Here she tells us about joining CoderDojo, her favourite project and advice for other coders starting out: Joining CoderDojo I first joined my local CoderDojo in Sligo two years ago, when I was in Transition Year. I really enjoyed maths and sciences in school, so it was suggested to me that I might enjoy coding since it involved the same mixture of logical and creative thinking. I was also told… Read More

A year in the life of a Dojo—Reviewing your Dojo

3 January 2017 · by Philip Harney

Collecting feedback After your Dojo has been running for a while everyone involved will have an opinion on how to make it better. This is an open movement, so collect them and use them! Ask for feedback, listen to everyone involved and think about how you can make things better. Those of us at the Foundation like to hear from the community too! You can always get in touch with us via the forums, social media (eg. Facebook, Twitter) or email (you will find all the links in the footer), but our biggest source of feedback and the source of… Read More