We apply quite a strict schedule in our ticketing system. We use EventBrite to handle the ticketing, where we give access codes to the kids who were present in the previous session and those who were on the waiting list for the previous session. These links with access codes are distributed through some MailChimp lists that I keep up to date for each session. You can see the timeline below. It probably looks a bit complex, but it seems to work well and it’s the only way I’ve found to properly deal with the high demand we are dealing with (we tend to have a waiting list of half our capacity, which is only counting kids who were actively added to the list that month…)
As you can probably imagine, this requires a decent amount of work from my side. But in the past two years I haven’t really had any complaints about this system, even though I specifically asked about it in a feedback survey. People tend to feel it is an honest system that gives them a sufficient amount of time to register. So for me that’s worth it.
I haven’t looked into Zen yet, even though I’ve been wanting to do that in the past…
I’m not exactly sure why, but in our dojo we’re blessed with quite a lot of girls. We tend to have 1/3 girls and 2/3 boys in a group of ~25. In the first year we sadly didn’t even have a single female coach in our team, but I can’t see any difference after that changed. We do have one coach who brings his 3 daughters along, which I suspect created a solid base to build from in the beginning, so to say.
I can’t say I’ve noticed any different treatments based on gender in our group. We treat everybody the same and that seems to work for us. When picking the ‘inspirational subject of the month’ about which to make a project if the kids need inspiration, we do purposefully try to pick very neutral things that don’t specifically target boys or girls. Usually a subject like holidays, colours, … We also don’t give any special treatment when dealing with registration or split up in groups at all. We do tend to see that new girls are generally less inclined to ask questions when they’re stuck in their program, but our coaches patrol quite a lot and we usually notice that rather quickly. After a session or two this shyness seems to vanish completely.
We also give every kid the opportunity to present their work at the end of the session in the ‘show and tell’. Every kid gets roughly the same applause, which is something we didn’t have to explain to the parents.
To be honest, the gender subject hardly ever comes up in our group, apart from positively noticing the percentage at the end of the year when we’re making the statistics (though I’d much rather like it to be 50-50). I’m not sure how this experience can be useful to others, but here it is nonetheless.
@Nuala-Nic-Éil Also yes with regards to contributing to the platform! @Guillaume-Feliciano and @Daniel-Brierton our two software devs who work on the platform (also referred to as Zen) would be delighted to hear that you’d like to help! Here is more info about the platform on github, and feel free to ask any questions about set up etc.
Thanks for the feedback. I am planning to rewrite this set as, while I did create them, I’m not totally pleased with how they turned out. In particular their lack of a build to a final challenge/project as they go along.
In the short term, though, I’ll re-check the code in the next few weeks. I know it all ran when I wrote it, but it’s possible that either I dropped a few key elements during the editing process, or I was using a particularly forgiving interpreter. I was just moving from Python 2 to Python 3 at the time myself, so I may have made a few errors in that regard.
Oh, and as for text files on a Mac, sadly they don’t really ship with a text editor for handling code (other than the command line options). I’d recommend either VS Code, which is my current favourite, or Atom, which is open source. If you’re looking for more of an IDE, specifically for Python, you can consider the community edition of PyCharm. All of these are cross-platform, so you can use them on Mac or Windows and, certainly in the case of the first two, on Linux.
I wanted to let you all know about our plans to join forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation! This exciting merger will see the CoderDojo Foundation continue to operate as an independent charity based in Ireland. In future we will work alongside and with the support of the Raspberry Pi Foundation to achieve our shared goals of creating opportunities for young people all around the world. Over the past four years I’ve been privileged to watch the CoderDojo movement grow from just over 80 Dojos to more than 1,250 thanks to the thousands of volunteers globally and organisations large and small that support the movement and the Foundation.
This merger will turn the CoderDojo Foundation into a stronger, more resilient organisation that can continue to deliver value to the CoderDojo community. Philip Colligan (CEO Raspberry Pi Foundation) and I will both be at the Coolest Projects on June 17th holding a Q&A. If you aren’t able to make it we’ll be live streaming it for people to get involved as well.
I hope you’ll join us in celebrating this exciting next phase as CoderDojo and the Raspberry Pi Foundation become the largest global effort creating opportunities for young people to code and create. You can read the full blog post here ---->
I went through the cards today so I was able to find the problem for my ninja who was stuck with broken code. I kept the files at each step and will get them for you - except I still can’t get card 6 to work. Once I figure that out, I’ll send you the files in case others need them.
A couple other things:
Yes let’s not display extras in the address and obviously keep correct map co-ordinates.
Thanks for the report @KramKroc
Thanks to everyone who joined us on the Community Call! It was awesome to hear from so many community members and see so many people on the call.
The Foundation team members on the call @Ross-O-Neill @Pete-O-Shea @Philip-Harney @Ciara-McHugh @Guillaume-Feliciano @Giustina-Mizzoni and myself were delighted to have you all there, and as noted on the call, we’re here to support you, so feel free to ask questions or give feedback below so that our next call (in late July/early August) can be even better!
We will be releasing minutes & the video of the call within the next two weeks but there were some links highlighted in the chat that the community might like to have ahead of the minute release:
On July 15th we will be holding our first virtual content hackathon. The event will last 24 hours, to give everyone a chance to participate for a few hours no matter where they are. The goal is the creation of new educational content, as well as the translation of existing content.
We’re happy to work on translating any of our content into any language, but based on the number of Dojos and where we’re anticipating growth, we’re particularly interested in translating to:
As for creating new content, we’d love to take this opportunity to have you either share content ideas that have worked in your Dojo in the past with the wider community, or to work on something from our never-ending to-do list. Here’s a few ideas that might be of interest (more details/updates coming on them closer to the date):
Ruby: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced
Python: Beginner (rewrite) / Intermediate (rewrite) / Advanced
Specific JS Libraries: jQuery, others?
HTML/CSS: Bootstrap, Font Awesome
CSS tricks/libraries: Less/Saas, Animation libraries
Raspberry Pi: Intermediate / Advanced
Arduino: Intermediate / Advanced
If you’re interested in getting involved please fill in this form and add any suggestions for other content topics we might want to consider in the thread below.
We’ve extended the deadline of the Coolest Projects Showcase!
What we would really love is more girls to register their projects and participate on the day.
Often those who haven’t already registered feel like their project ‘isn’t good enough’ to enter, they might be shy about talking about their project to judges or not know what to expect from the event itself.
Encourage girls at your Dojo to enter. The most effective way to do this is chatting to them directly, as opposed to talking to the group. Ask them about their project and highlight how showcasing it is a great opportunity for them to show others what they can do.
In terms of alleviating the reluctance many ninjas may feel about presenting, highlight that the judges are volunteers just like you, who will talk to them the same as you do in a Dojo. A lot of Dojos already encourage presenting at the end of their sessions. You can also let ninjas practice in a less intimidating way ahead of the event by getting them to go around and ask to each other one or two questions about their projects.
You can also help girls be more confident about the event by showing them videos from the event, so they know what to expect or hear what ninjas who have been at Coolest Projects have to say about it, such as Katie or Ciara.
Older girls in particular have a lower participation rate, supporting these ninjas by having a laptop set up for you to go through registration with them at your Dojo can be really benificial.
You can also highlight older girls who have been successful at the showcase in the past, such as then 16 year old, Orla Docherty who was awarded top prize in the mobile category for her iPhone app Key Tracker, which uses Bluetooth to find people’s keys.
Here are some of the stats we had ahead of the deadline, we would love to improve on these and support more girls to participate
Just got back to your email. It seems that Digiweb have been taken over by another domain/hosting company who may have started to pull the domains registered under CoderDojo. We are still trying to confirm with them but the best option may be to register the domains with another service.
I will let you know if there any more updates on this if Digiweb get back to us.
Also if you want help encouraging parents to sign up and book tickets on the platform you can use these guides for parents, available in English, Spanish, Greek, French and Italian. You can print them out so parents at your next Dojo can see how to sign up and book tickets for your next event on the Community platform Once they do it once they’ll know exactly how to do it the next time
@Pavlo Sounds like a good idea, if you have the website then why not! We are also looking into getting the videos embedded on our site so you can make everything more widely available through Kata. Once we have the pages with the videos done, and the new links, you can upload the Sushi Cards to Kata, or we can upload them for you
these badges for CoderDojo mentors by CoderDojo Belgium ( @Bettina ) members, and thanks Piet Verhoeve for sharing
I’ve been digging a bit and it looks like it’s a bug with NodeBB (https://github.com/NodeBB/NodeBB/issues/5219) .
We’ll try to do an update of the forums and keep you updated.
@Iraklis-Markelis reset the password there, which i sent to you on a private chat message (see chats on the top right below the ‘community’ dropdown). Let me know how you get on
Thanks for the advice everyone We will have a look.
Want to make the Digital Badges ninjas in your Dojo have been awarded into physical badges they can customise and wear?
Check out my blog here with links to the badge image files and step-by-step instructions
Hi @Amanda-O-Keeffe ,
Please send me this user email by PM
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