Thanks to everyone who participated! Ciara and I recorded this quick video to say thanks and there’s going to be a longer blog post out this week with details on the outcomes from the event and when the next one’s on!
Great thanks for sharing! From all the responses I got there is an over all impression that Scratch is easily accessible for getting started and this is a valuable step for young people as you want them to be confident and engaged to continue with a positive learning experience! It also has the ability to indirectly teach logical thinking
There are some useful video resources here for unreal engine.
Let me know how it goes!
@Nuala-Nic-Éil A pleasure to be part of this community.
Second class on the 29th of July we expect full house again. We’ll send the photos later.
Thanks. I know one of my ninjas is using GIMP but she couldn’t figure out how to then convert into the photoshop format required by the badge printers. Anyway, I found one of the Techgirlz mentors with photoshop and she is doing the final formatting for me - so I think we’ll be good for the next printing.
I used the digital badge designs for my initial buttons - they turned out OK, but they are hard to tell apart from a distance. So, I find designs with just one thing - like a big Scratch cat - better for physical badges.
I am using your criteria plus some of my own for the requirements. On the intermediate and advanced badges, I like to make sure the kids are being challenged to do more than just follow directions. One activity that is working out even better than I hoped is on the intermediate Scratch badge, in addition to doing the sushi cards, I have them take an existing project of someone elses and make changes to it. Then, they demonstrate their changes and take feedback from the dojo. They have to make at least one additional dojo recommended change.
This gets all the kids more engaged in the demos. I now have kids yelling out suggestions even when the demo isn’t one for a badge:-) I have a few kids who do private demos for the feedback, but most really like being the center of attention for a few minutes getting feedback suggestions.
@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’ve just released a new integration so you can now integrate your Dojo events created on Eventbrite with their Dojo page on the CoderDojo Community Platform!
Visibility: Parents and young people who come to our website can find your Dojo and book a ticket quickly and easily.
Impact measurement: The Foundation will be able to measure and report the impact of the global community!
It’s really easy! (see how here 😀 )
Fins out everything you need to know about connecting our Dojos Eventbrite account with your Dojo so it syncs and dispalys all your future Dojo events on the CoderDojo Platform here.
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,
We are in the process of developing a guide to help support Dojos host a CoderDojo Girls event, with the aim of increasing the numbers of girls attending their regular Dojo. The guide will also provide insights from Community members with tried and tested advice on sustaining girls in a Dojo setting.
We have already created support guides for both parents and girls themselves. This guide already promises to be more robust, with extensive practical advice from Champions and mentors, who utilise a variety of different approaches and content to increasing attendance and sustained engagement among the girls at their Dojo.
We would love to hear your insights and experiences; particularly in relation to your approach and the resources you found most useful in this regard, to help make this guide as benificial and comprehensive as possible to other Dojos and volunteers.
Please post below or if you prefer email me, Nuala, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne started a new Dojo in Charleville mall library (North strand, Dublin 1) three weeks ago.
The response has been great with oversubscription on places.
Next Saturday morning the 22nd of July, Joanne will be installing new hard drives into ~20 laptops with the ninjas.
Could you spare a couple of hours next Saturday morning to help install hard drives?
If you have experience of this even better.
If you have any questions or want to let Joanne know that you can help please post below and I will pass on your message/details.
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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