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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
Starting Wednesday, February 7th, MIT Media Lab are running a new round of Learning Creative Learning, for six weeks.
This free course offers useful insights into creative learning practices useful for implementing in a Dojo and very much in line with the CoderDojo ethos. Sign up here if you’d like to receive emails about the new round of LCL, and you will be sent out the details!
If you want to know more or have questions about the second round, please answer on this forum post, or join their Unhangout next Tuesday, February 6th at 4pm EST, to check in and chat!
Here is Carmelo, CoderDojo Bologna Champion (and research assistant at MIT Media Lab who is actively involved with running this course) with our Community Leads Pete and Ross at the Scratch Conference last year in Bordeaux
Apologies, Easter holidays delayed my response
Generally CoderDojo is for young people who are still in school so sometimes this can go up to 18 or 19. Some clubs definitely make exceptions for young people with autism or additional educational needs with this age limit from time to time. I would suggest you make the decision based on your clubs capacity to take on additional young people. I would also suggest that to ensure additional safeguarding that the parent of this young person attends with them.
There are no specific child safeguarding restrictions on this but in general I would refer to the suggested Code of Behaviour for guidance or get in touch with us directly on email@example.com if you have any specific concerns.
Hope this helps!
Learning Resources and Recommended Practices
Another great way of engaging older children and teens in your Dojo, particularly after a break is by giving them something to reach towards with their projects.
At the end of Dojo sessions or at the end of Dojo terms many Dojos encourage young people to showcase projects they have built. The Coolest Projects showcase has always been a great way to further build on this by encouraging kids to create a project within a timeline to share with other children involved in Dojos and the public.
We will be announcing the dates of the North America, UK and International event (in Ireland) on October 4th so watch out for that on the Coolest Projects challenges!
Astro Pi too is a great way Dojos can encourage young people to work in teams on a coding project with a clear timeline and targets.
Young people under 19 that live in an ESA Member or Associate Member State* (or who are in a team with a majority of ESA memeber state residents), can form a team with at least one other young person and apply to the Astro Pi Challenge’s Mission Space Lab by sending their experiment idea by the end of October.
Young people in your Dojo under 14 interested in taking part in a simpler project (while still getting to have their code run in space) can enter Mission Zero. They can submit their program from 29 October 2018 onward.
Find out more about the two Asto Pi Missions here.
Finally as today is International Translation Day, we wanted to say a big thank you to all those from the CoderDojo Community who give their time to help give young people the opportunity to learn coding by translating resources into their own language. Nina our translations manager with the Raspberry Pi Foundation wrote this blog to thank all those who have helped translate resources.
If you want to help support young people by volunteering your translation skills you can learn more and get involved here.
Yep, I think you’re making a reference to this one https://github.com/mu-editor/mu/issues/524
To be fair, there isn’t many IDE “designed” for kids : mu is fine because of its very large icons, its integrated filesystem nav; that saves you the navigation into the menus or the need for knowledge of the shortcuts.
I’ve looked over some of the microbit integration with Atom (which integrate a filesystem nav), but they look fairly unmaintained (https://github.com/Giannie/atom-microbit-python, https://github.com/wendlers/atom-microbit-micropython)
Thonny (http://thonny.org/) seems to have a decently updated plugin (https://bitbucket.org/KauriRaba/thonny-microbit) but the interface is slightly less clear for a first time user.
As a fallback and considering the complexity, wouldn’t using the bbc’s online editor easier until mu-editor fixes its imports?
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It was a new approach to try starting with functions, as they’re often seen as an advanced concept. However, a number of introductory coding courses do use them successfully, so I still think the concept isn’t inherently beyond a beginner.
When I got started with GitHub myself it was either through Codecademy or FreeCodeCamp, and possibly GitHub’s own tutorials as well. Both pretty good! I think they’ve all had a few redesigns since mind you. I remember there was interactive exercises where they got you to e.g. create an issue before you could progress to the next step. Probably part of the classroom support you mentioned
My pleasure! - if they do end up purchasing a domain name in the future- they could still choose to set it up with their github pages if they like https://help.github.com/articles/using-a-custom-domain-with-github-pages/
A new Coder Dojo coming up at Westerhailes in Edinburgh.I have venue and i need a mentor to run the program, because i don’t have the technical knowledge to run it myself.
I look forward to hearing anyone that might be interested.
You can reach me on +447792012713 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What wearables projects have you been working on? I’ve seen a few shared now and again on the forums, like this Flora Christmas tree shared by @Sanneke-van-der-Meer, are there any more out there?
Here’s what I made for the Intermediate Wearables Sushi that I’m currently writing…
I have to say it’s pretty exciting when after a lot of hard work sewing you finally plug in the Flora… and everything lights up! It works, Hurrah!!
Also, those NeoPixels sure are blindingly bright don’t you think??
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