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>>
@Nuala-Nic-Éil Cheers guys. Got reply from @Rob-Curran shortly after this as well so thanks for poking him
@Nuala-Nic-Éil It totally clarifies it but it could be clearer on the registration page (but I guess with over 600 attendees last year, it’s just me that found it confusing :D)
@bob-flynn That is a really great idea Bob.
This year there will be youths traveling from more countries and from further away than ever, so it will be really cool to see the impact this has not only on the children who travel from abroad to the event but also the other children in the Dojos when they return and tell them about their experiences.
I really love this video of Benedetta explaining her project last year
@Colm I live in the area and could probably help out, depending on the specific date.
Find on our blog the recording of the Community Call which was centred around best practices for managing your Dojo here >>>
We had an amazing turnout on our first community call for a while on US and would love to know what you would like to talk about on our next call. Share your ideas here and we can collaborate on the next agenda!
Also if you have any feedback on the topics of this call that you wanted to add just comment in here too.
On 22-23 of april together with Coderdojo Cosenza and Coderdojo Brianza we launched the 2nd KidsGameJam 4 Ninja Scratcher. We are planning to make it bigger and greater.
Visit the website http://www.kidsgamejam.org (http://www.kidsgamejam.org/) , facebook: @kidsgamejam and twitter: @kidsgamejam
for host your jam’s event.
We wait you for win together!!
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@Bettina Thanks! I’m email@example.com…but I’ll email you in just a minute to schedule something. I blocked off the end of this week for interviews on this (and early next week if need be), so we’re right on time. Talk soon.
Massive thank you to all the awesome young people who showcased their CoderDojo projects at Dublin Tech Summit! What a fun two days!
We conducted the Annual Survey in November/December 2016. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Annual Survey, each year you provide us with valuable information on impact and on creating tools and supports which help you! Keep it up next year
Check out the results - are there any of the results that surprise you as a CoderDojo Community member?
You can check out the short version of our results here too and share them with your friends, family, supporters and other community members!
Scratch for Arduino is in my opinion not a good option,
Because there must be firmware installed on the Arduino board, and the conncection brake regular and not all pins are available.
I think it is better to use http://ardublockly.embeddedlog.com/demo/# with kids.
Here you have a visual interface for programming, and it generate the arduino sketch code.
so is it easy for kids to switch to programming in the Arduino IDE
@Μαίρη The link to Minecraft Hour of Code content is here You can also see the Disney Moana version here. These help introduce children and young people to the logic behind computer programming. These are very visual and engaging for those beginning, so they can get a taste of how code works before delving into more complex programming languages. These are also available in a lot of diffent languages such as Greek, as Zita mentioned. Also check out our resources page for more.
Have you any specific ideas of what you would like to do in mind?
Yeah, I agree that it’s an interesting topic and one worth covering with Ninjas who may be creating and publishing things like apps and websites, not just from a perspective of using other people’s work but also with regard to how they might want to license their own. It’s definitely something that’s on my to-do list to get something put together for, at least at a “general things to think about” level; copyright laws obviously vary from country to country!
Hi @John, How have you been getting on? I seen this article about funding STEM and Maker groups that I thought might be useful for you and other Dojos. It is US orientated but the sentiment applies elsewhere as well.
@Fabio-Da-Rolt de nada
CoderDojo Tao (Recommended Practice) has been in practice among many Dojos for more than two years. Throughout this period, we’ve received ongoing community feedback on the core principles. This feedback has resulted in the review of all five principles and indicators. The main goal of this review was to refine the entire Tao process. We set the challenge of having a max of 3 indicators under each principle, to make it easier and more straightforward for global Dojos to align. Two principles were re-phrased, principle 4 (was Online Safety, now Digital Citizenship) and Principle 5 (was Review and Communication, now Engagement).
The Start a Dojo Process is currently being redeveloped by the Foundation team, part of this will be clearly showing Tao progress after a Dojo has been submitted for review. This change will also enable Champions or admin Volunteers to review the principles at any time, and update evidence in accordance with each one.
We welcome any additional community feedback on the proposed changes to the Tao Principles by the end of October. You can comment freely on the document here ----> In November development work will start for the updated principles to be incorporated into the Start a Dojo journey.
Thank you to all Dojos who have gone on this journey to date, providing invaluable feedback on its structure.
To celebrate 5 years of CoderDojo we are highlighting some of the awesome young people who wanted to share their stories of how they first got involved in CoderDojo, the projects they have created and advice they have for other young coders.
Feel free to share these blogs with youths you know!
Síofra tells us about her two favourite projects, her blog & Yun camera. She includes a video explaining how she built the camera using an arduino yun.
She also tells us about her dream job and gives this advice:
“Don’t be intimidated! Learn from your mistakes but never beat yourself up over them!”
Cian tells us about how he initially heard about CoderDojo and how he "didn’t even know an average person could learn how to code” before attending a Dojo. He explains how he developed the app ‘Open Share’ and later ‘Scaip’ with his friend Cormac. His advice to young coders is:
“NEVER GIVE UP. No matter how much you want to, DON’T. Trust me, it’s all worth it in the end!”
10 year old Sanjana from TriValley Dojo, CA in the United States takes over the TriValley Blog, interviewing ninjas doing web development and giving her insight. She notes:
“Sometimes I get zoned in coding, I feel that I am in a whole different world! Most of all, it’s so much fun!!!”
Harvey, a 14 year old Dojo attendee from Dublin, has been part of CoderDojo for the last 5 years. Here he tells us about his Raspberry Pi flying FM transmitter and other projects. He notes CoderDojo is ‘a great way to make new friends’ and gives his advice for other coders starting out.
Luka, a 15 year old Dojo attendee from Cork, has been part of CoderDojo for the last 5 years. Here he tells us about joining CoderDojo, how “the classes really helped me make a lot of new friends" and all his favourite projects, including ‘match the moggies’ and a dancing robot! He says “the best thing is, to this day, I’m still learning".
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