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

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

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

CoderDojo Open Community Call – January

6 February 2017 · by Ross O'Neill

Couldn’t join our Community Call on January 24th? Listen to it below! You can view what content we shared on screen during the call above from 13:25! Overview of the discussion: Review of CoderDojo Content Pipeline (Philip) Philip Harney our CoderDojo Content Lead gave an update on the Sushi cards that he has been working and an overview on the chopsticks tool. Questions about CoderDojo Chopsticks and the development of Gitbook. Community like this idea Structure & Future of Content… Read More

Launching Volunteer Appreciation Month

1 February 2017 · by Nuala McHale

Volunteers are the backbone of the CoderDojo movement. Without their support and efforts CoderDojo simply wouldn’t exist. To celebrate all those who give their time so that young people in their area can learn to be tech creators in a fun and inclusive space we are running Volunteer Appreciation Month. We want to celebrate all the dedicated CoderDojo volunteers worldwide who give their time to help young people develop skills for the future and make awesome stuff! In 2015, CoderDojo volunteers worldwide gave over 450,000 hours to encourage… Read More

Beginner PHP Sushi Cards now available

31 January 2017 · by Philip Harney

We’ve got another new set of Sushi Cards for you, again something that we’ve gotten a few requests for: PHP. It’s one of the most popular languages on the web and is used on websites like Wikipedia and Facebook. It’s a back-end language, so it needs to be combined with HTML to really do anything in a browser. You don’t need to have completed the HTML Sushi Cards to be able to use these ones. All the basic HTML you’ll need is included in the new PHP series. However, if you already know HTML, you can… Read More