Hi this is Liana from Mindmajix few days back i hear about coderdojo then after i google it, it is very useful for children and they know the programming knowledge at school level and this knowledge is helpful for their future, your conducting a very good program appreciate it.
@KramKroc This is great, thanks for sharing. I like the idea of of the group work, especially the profile ones (2/3) about seeing different information people are sharing that they mightn’t realise and getting young people to think about what they can learn about a person, how it might look to others and how they’ll feel about things they’ve shared in 10 years.
Could definitely be broken up and used at the start of Dojo sessions as well to get young people thinking about it.
our dojo is lucky in that we’ve a number of monitors and PCs provided by our hosts. A lot of the other equipment is being donated more or less by mentors and applying for the likes of free Raspberry Pi’s/Micro Bits when the CDF point us in the right direction.
I’d like to be able to pivot from mentors providing the equipment to a more proactive model where we introduced some form of crowd funding or approached businesses for sponsorship (be good if they could do this as a tax write off) and then be able to get additional resources.
As mentors, we’re reluctant really to take on the financial responsibility for that in many ways. I know some dojos basically will use the personal bank account of a mentor/champion, but I wanted to know if the CDF or RPF could provide any support for the process of registering for community bank accounts or registering as a charity (I don’t know if you need to register as charity before getting anywhere with banks)? I know this would be a difficult task considering the span of countries the coderdojo movement is in, but any advice for best practice (in Northern Ireland in particular :D) would be great.
CDF = CoderDojo Foundation
RPF = Raspberry Pi Foundation
I like the approach to Coolest Projects. And from the media I’ve seen, I wish I could take my entire dojo to Dublin to experience it. An event like that can be so energizing and motivating to students and volunteers. I imagine it is similar to an FLL Jr. Expo - no winners, just an expo, and those kids are so pumped after the event!
While we do not have a similar Coolest Projects event in the US, our dojo does run a year-end session where the students of all ages present their projects to the dojo attendees. It works well, even for those students who may not have created an app from scratch but are still proud that they created something from the tutorials or sushi cards or remixed scratch projects.
I have looked for coding competitions as the request of some parents, but found none so far that appear to be worthwhile.
We have experience with other STEM competitions like FLL and CyberPatriot and MATHCOUNTS. Each has pros and cons. CyberPatriot in particular has a good gamification-competition experience. But for FLL and MATHCOUNTS I find that we deemphasize winning and emphasizing the learning and experience. Why? Several reasons. (1) Chances of winning can be dependent on the mentors, but we are just lucky to have parent volunteers at all (2) We see FLL teams where it is obvious the parents have inserted themselves too far to win, impacting the student’s experience (3) judging at FIRST can be like judging figure skating - was one really better than the other? (4) winning is not the motivator for most to stay with these STEM programs - it is enjoying the culture and environment that we create every Thursday night. Now, with the right coach and set of students, winning as a goal can be a good thing. But it isn’t the primary focus of what we do for all our students.
I’m very excited to share the first riot games Dublin CoderDojo session tickets of 2018! It takes place next Tuesday 23rd from 6PM. Book here:
Thanks Conor. Yes I was fairly sure the booking had not worked first time but wanted to have another go at least. I will see if they reply and, if not, I will look out for other dojos in London. Phil
If you want to get your game online there are a few different ways. Two of the easiest are Github Pages and codepen.
Both are free and good for showing off your game.
Github is nicer for getting a personal address for your game but if you just want to show of the game code pen will be quicker
Calling all community members based in Ireland, there is a once off Dojo taking place at Powerscourt Estate & Gardens in Wicklow this Saturday 25/Nov/2017 1PM - 4Pm. Attend for an afternoon of tech based fun for beginners or seasoned tech enthusiasts. Tickets are free as always. You can book from 7PM tonight! A big shout out to Derek Conniffe for organising this session! 🙌
Hi, we used the following lesson https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/getting-started-with-minecraft-pi with some Raspberry Pis today. You can use Python to program different tasks in Minecraft. Great fun and easy to setup on the pi.
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