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.
@Caoimhe-Ebbs Hi Caoimhe,
thanks for getting in touch! That sounds very exciting!
Dojos are a great place to learn coding skills and to meet other young people with similar interests so it would make it easier to find others who would be interested in working together to create the project together.
They are also a great way to ask other young people to try out your project and get feedback so you can make it even better!
Dojos also have Mentors who will be able to support you if you have any questions, which can be a big help when you are getting started.
Check them the Beginner level resources here and additional resources here.
For anyone at the Foundation’s Content workshop at DojoCon 2017 on Saturday, we welcome any feedback you might have afterwards, or indeed if you have any additional ideas or thoughts!
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Sounds like you are looking for the CoderDojo Charter which we have another forum post in relation to the most recent iteration of.
You can find these changes here: https://forums.coderdojo.com/topic/469/coderdojo-charter-community-call/3
@KramKroc that’s great. Will play around with it to see if I can get it to work. The network we have at dojo is shakey at best. … but worth a look. thanks!
@Natalia-Picher I’m going to change it to “Dojo finished?” to avoid any further potential heart attacks! Let me know if you’ve any problems with that or have another suggestion
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