raspberry Pi

Coolest Projects: Amy and her mission to save the bees!

6 March 2018 · by Amy O'Meara

At the CoderDojo Foundation, we are continuing to share inspiring stories from participants of the Coolest Projects showcase last year: we’ve been lucky to hear from Amy, who attended the event with her project Amy’s Buzzy Hive. Amy has kindly shared with us her experience, including how she came up with the idea for her innovative project, and what it was like to showcase it. Amy’s Buzzy Hive, her idea, and how she tested it out! Amy is a Ninja at Dunlavin Dojo in Wicklow, Ireland, and was 12 years old… 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

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

Pioneers: Only You Can Save Us

25 September 2017 · by Nuala McHale

CoderDojo Ninjas aged 11-16 in the UK and Republic of Ireland! We just received this message through our network — have you seen it?   ONLY YOU CAN SAVE US We have no choice – we must help her! If things are as bad as she says they are, our only hope of survival is to work together. We know you have the skills & imagination to make something. You have until 1 December to use your Dojo sessions to save the world and win some cool stuff. We’ve seen the awesome projects… Read More

Developing your Dojo through breadth

21 September 2017 · by Philip Harney

Last week I talked about using depth as a way of developing your Dojo. Giving Ninjas a chance to grow their skills in a particular topic—like Scratch, HTML or JavaScript—as a way to continue to develop as coders. The alternative, which I’ll look at this week, is breadth. I want to be clear, though, that I don’t think this is a situation of either one or the other. I think that particular Dojos, and Ninjas, will need to employ one or the other at different stages in their development. What do I mean by “breadth” in… Read More

Rockville CoderDojo runs a Raspberry Jam!

17 August 2017 · by Pete O'Shea

Youth ninja, Alexa, from Rockville CoderDojo recently ran a Raspberry Jam as an activity at her local Dojo. A Raspberry Jam is the pun-tastic name given to a meetup of people interested in making things with a Raspberry Pi computer! A Jam is a meeting of all kinds of people: some will be new to physical computing, and some will have plenty of experience that they are happy to share and this is why it is a perfect addition to a Dojo session! Below Alexa tells us more about her Raspberry Jam session. Something I enjoy about CoderDojo… Read More