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Hey Mark, we’ve tested the new flow with parents and it seems to be quite easy as it’s one flow now. I realise previously you had to explain adding kids etc. but now it’s a lot more straightforward. If there’s anything else we can do to simplify it please do say so!
Hi, I’m starting a new dojo in a school district in California and the district requires general liability and anti-abuse insurance. (This is pretty standard. I also run cub-scouts and BSA provides the district with similar insurance.) Has anybody found an insurance agent that has written policies for their CoderDojo in the US?
Organising a Dojo
@Tom-Potts Hi Tom!
Apologies for the late reply - did you manage to source another venue for your Dojo?
As long as the venue is a public space (e.g. a library, community centre, educational institution, corporate office etc) that is absolutely fine
Ideally your venue would also have public liability insurance and would be equipped with tables, chairs, power sockets and a wifi connection if possible.
Let me know how you are getting on with this
Hey Guillaume, Can you also help me delete one of our event titled “weekly dojo”. We are moving to giving tickets each week through separate events. All participants are informed but I am not able to get that change made on the website.
So sorry. Since I am not female, I cannot read minds nor do I have eyes on the back of my head.
Seriously, you are one of the exceptions - many people I’ve met that, (supposedly), graduated high-school wouldn’t know their national capital from a hole in the ground if it bit them. As they used to say in the Marines, (and maybe still do), “He couldn’t find his [bum] with both hands and a map!”
Now that I understand you, this makes much more sense.
I would still like to find the adult equivalent of a Dojo.
On a similar, but different topic - what are you folks doing to support and involve the more challenged individuals in your communities? Not just the physically challenged, but the ones with developmental and/or learning disabilities? Particularly those “on the spectrum” or the Aspberger’s individual may not have many non-threatening opportunities to socialize.
Thank you, I haven’t considered all of these “issues”. I will do some more thinking.
I do however foresee it only working if its truly one on one
As a brand new champion of the Science Museum’s new CoderDojo, I am full of enthusiasm, but sadly lacking in code-writing know-how (for the moment at least!) We’re looking for a group of great mentors to help us run these dojos over the coming months and years, so if you’d like to come along and help us out we’d love to have you!
If you are interested, please do get in touch and sign up through the following link - http://bit.ly/2sDV4pL
Can’t wait to work with you all!
Aran (Champion of CoderDojo Science Museum)
Hi all, i just wanted to highlight that you can still join the course and work through the three weeks starting from once you join.
Yea, most Dojos run on Saturday afternoon, Weekday evenings (usually either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday), or Sunday afternoon but it really depends on your area, accessibility and local customs. Most run using the same term times as schools locally as this is a timetable parents are generally used to. I know with our Dojo when we moved it from Wednesday to Monday we had a decline in attendence, so we moved it back. Asking parents would be a good idea, to see what most suits them
There are only 2 weeks for people to register youths projects for:
Coolest Projects International in Dublin, Ireland on May 26th
The regional Coolest Projects UK, in London on April 28th
Coolest Projects offers young people involved in Dojos around the world the opportunity to present the projects they have created at their local club.
Take 10 minutes today to register young peoples projects involved in your Dojo to SAVE THEIR PLACE at the event.
Remember you can register a project even if it isn’t finished and go back and edit details up to two weeks before the event if they change.
Coolest Projects is is open to beginners as well as experienced participants. It’s all about the experience and learning gained from being involved, sharing and celebrating what children have created.
Every ninja from your Dojo should be encouraged to participate and benefit from the experience.
If young people in your Dojo are unable to attend these events, they can still enter our #MyCoolestProject social media competion, where they can win a Pi Zero, stickers, badges, books and more. Find out more here!
Thanks for getting in touch. It’s great that you are interested in starting a Dojo!
In most cases the building insurance of most locations should cover you, but occasionally some companies and venues require a Dojo to have their own public liability insurance. It might be good to consult the company’s legal department for advice on your ninjas’ ages and insurance requirements for children, as they sometimes vary. You are allowed to engage in fundraising for your Dojo to cover unavoidable costs such as insurance.
If you need to provide a document which outlines the ethics and regulations of the CoderDojo ethos, that can also be found here: http://kata.coderdojo.com/wiki/CoderDojo_Charter_of_Ethics
If they need any further evidence of your club, once you have gone through the Start a Dojo process and have been verified, I would also be able to provide you with a letter to confirm the integrity of your Dojo.
I hope this helps Cindy!
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