We are currently writing a blog post in advance of Astro Pi’s launch next month to encourage and inspire even more Dojos to get involved.
We are collecting stories from those who participated in last years challenge.
Below I’ve included some sample questions related to the competition. If you participated, I would be grateful if you could answer them.
The questions are only a rough guideline and you can expand on them if you like.
If you have any photos related to the Astro Pi competition, for example your team working on your submission, then please feel free to share them!
It’s great to have photos to accompany our community stories.
You can send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
All the best,
Astro Pi questions.
Tell us about your team.
Tell us about your experiment that you conducted earlier this year.
What was the best part of the programme?
If you could give one piece of advice to Ninjas entering an experiment in Astro Pi’s Mission Space Lab, what would it be?
@Tom-Potts I suppose, technically, me 😄 but, as @KramKroc pointed out, I’ve just moved it about a bit.
Also, for now, you can still find the old site at http://kata.coderdojo.com, we’ve just removed the direct path to it because we’re only going to be publishing our new and updated materials on the new site.
Once the GitHub is properly setup (in the next few weeks) we’ll be adding a link to the resources page to point people there too.
This category is to discuss Zen, the CoderDojo Community Platform. You can post any new features, issues or questions about Zen here!
Inclusivity is a core value of the CoderDojo movement. Dojos are encouraged to be accessible to youths from all backgrounds and to strive for gender parity.
Hi @Natasha-Cavanagh that’s great advice. I definitely think it’s really important to remember that every child is different and has different needs and that discussing what works for each child with their parents is a great approach rather than a one-size fits all mentality.
Regarding resources for children with visual impairments, CoderDojo London ran sessions with the RNIB which you can read more about here: https://coderdojo.com/news/2016/06/29/making-coding-accessible-inclusive-and-fun-with-coderdojo-london/
Projects completed included:
Project 1 – “Spot the Difference” web accessibility puzzle by Recite Me. During this project, the kids had to identify and fix accessibility issues on web sites whilst learning about screen readers and web accessibility standards.
Project 2 – “Experimental Braille Communication device” – powered by the BBC micro:bit. During this project, the kids had to work together to solve a puzzle using basic electronics, programming and logic. The exercise was based around a Braille Cell and a BBC micro:bit with buzzer, USB cable, battery pack and alligator clips.
I know Cubetto has also been used at similar sessions, but is quiet expensive. I would love to hear what other resources young people with visual impairments are finding useful to learn coding skills
Share your thoughts and advice here on getting set up and organising your Dojo!
Hey Mark, we’ve tested the new flow with parents and it seems to be quite easy as it’s one flow now. I realise previously you had to explain adding kids etc. but now it’s a lot more straightforward. If there’s anything else we can do to simplify it please do say so!
Share your top learning resources and content for learning programming in your Dojo!
Hi @KramKroc, thanks for taking a look! Over the next few weeks we’ll be moving all the existing community content from Kata to the GitHub repository and once the structure of that is in place we’ll be encouraging people to submit their own content there.
While we don’t have a direct pathway for community members to add content to the new site at present, it’s something I’m actively working on. We want it to be a solution that works for everyone, so we’ll be following a process with reviews at regular intervals, to ensure we’re making the best choices for everyone in the community. As this means there’ll likely be a lot of changes early on, we’re going to start things off by working closely with a small number of community members and grow things from there.
If you have a project you’d like to publish on the platform, please email me (email@example.com) with the details. It’s useful, particularly at this planning stage, to see different examples of the kinds of work our community wants to share.
Thanks again for taking the time to share your input!
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