I wanted to let you all know about our plans to join forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation! This exciting merger will see the CoderDojo Foundation continue to operate as an independent charity based in Ireland. In future we will work alongside and with the support of the Raspberry Pi Foundation to achieve our shared goals of creating opportunities for young people all around the world. Over the past four years I’ve been privileged to watch the CoderDojo movement grow from just over 80 Dojos to more than 1,250 thanks to the thousands of volunteers globally and organisations large and small that support the movement and the Foundation.
This merger will turn the CoderDojo Foundation into a stronger, more resilient organisation that can continue to deliver value to the CoderDojo community. Philip Colligan (CEO Raspberry Pi Foundation) and I will both be at the Coolest Projects on June 17th holding a Q&A. If you aren’t able to make it we’ll be live streaming it for people to get involved as well.
I hope you’ll join us in celebrating this exciting next phase as CoderDojo and the Raspberry Pi Foundation become the largest global effort creating opportunities for young people to code and create. You can read the full blog post here ---->
Meet Mr. Joel Bayubasire. Joel is a Congolese refugee living in Kampala, the capital city of the republic of Uganda. He’s currently carrying out his Philosophy Doctorate (PhD) training and research activities in Economy, at Madison International Institute & Business School. Recently he started his own Dojo in Kampala, Uganda and he wanted to share his story with the global CoderDojo community. Read it here>>
Yes let’s not display extras in the address and obviously keep correct map co-ordinates.
Thanks for the report @KramKroc
@Nuala-Nic-Éil Also yes with regards to contributing to the platform! @Guillaume-Feliciano and @Daniel-Brierton our two software devs who work on the platform (also referred to as Zen) would be delighted to hear that you’d like to help! Here is more info about the platform on github, and feel free to ask any questions about set up etc.
Thanks for the feedback. I am planning to rewrite this set as, while I did create them, I’m not totally pleased with how they turned out. In particular their lack of a build to a final challenge/project as they go along.
In the short term, though, I’ll re-check the code in the next few weeks. I know it all ran when I wrote it, but it’s possible that either I dropped a few key elements during the editing process, or I was using a particularly forgiving interpreter. I was just moving from Python 2 to Python 3 at the time myself, so I may have made a few errors in that regard.
Oh, and as for text files on a Mac, sadly they don’t really ship with a text editor for handling code (other than the command line options). I’d recommend either VS Code, which is my current favourite, or Atom, which is open source. If you’re looking for more of an IDE, specifically for Python, you can consider the community edition of PyCharm. All of these are cross-platform, so you can use them on Mac or Windows and, certainly in the case of the first two, on Linux.
@Pavlo Sounds like a good idea, if you have the website then why not! We are also looking into getting the videos embedded on our site so you can make everything more widely available through Kata. Once we have the pages with the videos done, and the new links, you can upload the Sushi Cards to Kata, or we can upload them for you
This category is to discuss Zen. You can post any new features, issues or questions about Zen here!
We apply quite a strict schedule in our ticketing system. We use EventBrite to handle the ticketing, where we give access codes to the kids who were present in the previous session and those who were on the waiting list for the previous session. These links with access codes are distributed through some MailChimp lists that I keep up to date for each session. You can see the timeline below. It probably looks a bit complex, but it seems to work well and it’s the only way I’ve found to properly deal with the high demand we are dealing with (we tend to have a waiting list of half our capacity, which is only counting kids who were actively added to the list that month…)
As you can probably imagine, this requires a decent amount of work from my side. But in the past two years I haven’t really had any complaints about this system, even though I specifically asked about it in a feedback survey. People tend to feel it is an honest system that gives them a sufficient amount of time to register. So for me that’s worth it.
I haven’t looked into Zen yet, even though I’ve been wanting to do that in the past…
Before Christmas we published a Global Guide to Safeguarding Young People in Dojos on Kata. You can see the Child Protection Global here.
Adapted from the Irish Child Protection Policy that was released in 2015 it is aimed to give all global mentors an overview of how to recruit volunteers, and volunteer code of behaviour.
Our intention is to adapt this document into a unique mentor on boarding process (integrated with Zen) so all mentors are taken through it as they join Dojos around the world.
Any feedback is always welcome,
I’m not exactly sure why, but in our dojo we’re blessed with quite a lot of girls. We tend to have 1/3 girls and 2/3 boys in a group of ~25. In the first year we sadly didn’t even have a single female coach in our team, but I can’t see any difference after that changed. We do have one coach who brings his 3 daughters along, which I suspect created a solid base to build from in the beginning, so to say.
I can’t say I’ve noticed any different treatments based on gender in our group. We treat everybody the same and that seems to work for us. When picking the ‘inspirational subject of the month’ about which to make a project if the kids need inspiration, we do purposefully try to pick very neutral things that don’t specifically target boys or girls. Usually a subject like holidays, colours, … We also don’t give any special treatment when dealing with registration or split up in groups at all. We do tend to see that new girls are generally less inclined to ask questions when they’re stuck in their program, but our coaches patrol quite a lot and we usually notice that rather quickly. After a session or two this shyness seems to vanish completely.
We also give every kid the opportunity to present their work at the end of the session in the ‘show and tell’. Every kid gets roughly the same applause, which is something we didn’t have to explain to the parents.
To be honest, the gender subject hardly ever comes up in our group, apart from positively noticing the percentage at the end of the year when we’re making the statistics (though I’d much rather like it to be 50-50). I’m not sure how this experience can be useful to others, but here it is nonetheless.
We are offering 6 CoderDojo community members the opportunity to watch a screening of TED2017 Opening Night live from Vancouver FOR FREE!
The screening is being held in Cineworld, Parnell Centre, Dublin 1 on Tuesday 25th at 6:30pm. It is rated PG-13 and is scheduled to run for 120min.
Very excited to hear about CoderDojo Indiana’s 1st Annual Hackathon for Ninjas aged 7-17. It’s a great opportunity for young people to show off their skills and complete challenges in Scratch or Python.
There will also be snacks, speakers, cool prizes, and some amazing local exhibitors at the event! Well done @Courtney-Lambert and TechPoint for organising such an awesome event!
Best of luck to @Yohei-Yasukawa who is talking at FOSSASIA Summit, Asia’s Open Technology Event at the Science Centre Singapore on Sunday March 19th at 10:30.
Yohei’s talk includes why they started a CoderDojo in Japan, how they grew from 0 to 70+ Dojos, and what problems they met and solved.
Yohei notes “According to the statistics of CoderDojo, currently in Asia, this big growth only happens in Japan. But I think this kind of opensource community will be a great fit for other countries in Asia. So in this talk, as a co-founder and representative director of CoderDojo Japan, I would like to share the knowledges and experiences on how we evolve, what problems we met, and why I’m so encouraged to share them in Asia.”
@Barry-Kennedy congrats on organising the next megadojo! Do you have some advice for @Florina-Rosiu ?
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