Coolest Projects: Matei’s Lost World and the learning opportunity it created!

28 February 2018 · by Amy O'Meara

In the run-up to Coolest Projects International 2018 on 26 May, we will be sharing some inspiring stories of  participants in last year’s event to tell you about their unique journey: from initially conceiving their project idea, to developing it into a reality and presenting it on the day. Matei and ‘The Lost World’ Matei, aged 10,  is a Ninja at his local Dojo, Cluj-Napoca @ Academy+Plus in Romania. He kindly shared with us how he developed his project The Lost World, and told us about his… Read More

Win a Pi Zero and more by sharing #MyCoolestProject

25 February 2018 · by Nuala McHale

Ahead of Coolest Projects International (Dublin), and regional events in Belgium and the UK, we want to see what fun and useful ideas young people are working on at their local Dojo, and reward them for doing so! Great, how do I get involved? We want to learn more about how you created your project, any challenges you faced and how you are overcoming them. To participate share a video, photos and text about the process of making your idea a reality using the hashtag #MyCoolestProject either on Instagram, Facebook… Read More

Reaching the Stars: How Dojos are participating in Astro Pi

30 January 2018 · by Amy O'Meara

Many Ninjas in our global community got involved recently in  Astro Pi: Mission Zero; a project whereby young people have the opportunity to write code which is run onboard the International Space Station for 30 seconds. The code is displayed by two specially designed Raspberry Pis, called Astro Pis, which are each equipped with a camera and an LED display. They also have a range of environmental sensors for measuring humidity, pressure, and temperature. Astro Pi is an initiative of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and aims to actively… Read More

New Years Resolution: Start a Dojo!

2 January 2018 · by Nuala McHale

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to feel motivated and set goals to not only improve your own life but also empower those around you. CoderDojo is a volunteer led movement with people, just like you, setting up fun, creative technology clubs to inspire and support young people in their local area. You don’t even need any experience with technology to start a CoderDojo club. So what are you waiting for? Make 2018 the year you organise a fun, free coding club to enable children you know to be creators of technology… Read More

How parent & Mentor, Wendy, created a space to support girls in her Dojo

4 December 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Wendy, a parent and Mentor at Clonakilty Dojo in Cork, shares her experiences of challenging gender disparity in her Dojo and how she developed a space to engage girls more: Our Dojo, which is in its 6th year is quite large. Approximately 60-75 children aged from 7–17 attend each session. In 2015 we had a heavy representation of boys compared to girls, with a 90:10 split. Each year, very few girls would return after the Christmas break. In addition, girls might come to hang with their brothers – but few would engage with the technology. To tackle the… Read More

Six CoderDojo Girls shortlisted for Digital Girl of the Year!

21 November 2017 · by Nuala McHale

The Ada awards celebrate and recognise the efforts of the top girls and women in technology worldwide. We are delighted that all six girls nominated and through to the next round of the European Ada Awards’ Digital Girl of the Year are actively involved in their local CoderDojo clubs! The girls who have been shortlisted for the awards across three age categories are: Helena Staple, Zara Ilyas, Ruby Scott Kenny, Aoibheann Mangan, Charlotte Johnson and Maeve Galvin. Well done to you all! The fact that so many girls… Read More