Community Content Release: Hardware projects to improve your life

19 October 2017 · by Ciara McHugh

This week I present you with more hardware projects from CoderDojo York!   Plant Moisture Monitor (Arduino) Remembering to water the plants is a problem faced by many. Personally I find it hard to know when some of them need watering too. Well, thanks to technology these things need worry us no more! The Arduino was designed especially to let you program things like sensors. With this resource you learn how to use a moisture sensor and program an Arduino to flash to tell you when your plant needs watering. If you really want to go all out… Read More

We’re hiring! Community Support & Experience Assistant

16 October 2017 · by Rosa Langhammer

Location: Dublin, with occasional travel to other sites and event venues Basis: Fixed-term contract, 12 months with possibility of extension Salary: €24,000–€29,000 (dependent on experience) Benefits: 24 days annual leave, employer-matched pension scheme Eligibility: You must be eligible to work in Ireland CoderDojo is a global movement of free coding clubs for young people between the ages of 7 and 17. Clubs (Dojos) running all over the world give young people the opportunity to learn to build websites, apps, programs, and games, and to explore technology. The first Dojo was started six years ago, and there are now more than… Read More

Community Content Release: Spanish Resources!

10 October 2017 · by Ciara McHugh

Hola! Today I bring you some resources all in Spanish! Unfortunately I do not speak Spanish myself so I am writing this in English 🤓   Python Write a program to request and analyse traffic information about the M30 route. Get started with programming Minecraft using the API. See many more example programs on GitHub   App Inventor Check out the very comprehensive guide to App Inventor for beginners.   The above resources are all from 🇪🇸 CoderDojo España 🇪🇸. Check out the Kata Español page for more!   Would you like to contribute?… Read More

Developing your Dojo: through depth

15 September 2017 · by Philip Harney

The theme for this week of Back to Dojo, and next, is “Developing your Dojo”. On that basis, I thought I’d do a pair of blog posts that cover the two approaches to using educational content to do so: Going broad, or going deep. Going broad, by covering new and different languages and topics will be the subject of next week’s blog. Going deep is what I’ll be talking about today. What do I mean by “depth”? I mean digging deeper into languages, tools etc. that you’ve already covered at an introductory level. Learning more advanced features and a more… Read More

Community Content Release: Getting Creative

11 September 2017 · by Ciara McHugh

Looking for something different to try at your Dojo? Look no further! From storytelling to making music with code, you can really get the creative juices flowing with these resources by our wonderful volunteers.   Storytelling with Twine Twine is a program that you can use to write interactive stories where the reader chooses what happens! It’s great for all levels and ages: you can create a simple story without writing any code, but you can also use CSS and JavaScript to extend your stories and design how they look. Twine is open source and free to use. Read More

Mentor Story: Maggie on understanding what kids want

6 September 2017 · by Nuala McHale

CoderDojo Mentor Maggie shares her experiences on the importance of mentorship, challenging stereotypes and understanding what kids want in order to encourage girls in Dojos and to get involved in technology related fields. This post is part of our CoderDojo Girls Initiative. My name is Maggie and I’ve been a CoderDojo mentor for a year within the Kilkenny Dojo. I moved back to Ireland in 2016 after living in Canada for almost 9 years. I work as a technical product manager for Expedia, and have been there for over 7 years. In Vancouver I was involved… Read More

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