Great thanks for sharing! From all the responses I got there is an over all impression that Scratch is easily accessible for getting started and this is a valuable step for young people as you want them to be confident and engaged to continue with a positive learning experience! It also has the ability to indirectly teach logical thinking
There are some useful video resources here for unreal engine.
Let me know how it goes!
Thanks to everyone who participated! Ciara and I recorded this quick video to say thanks and there’s going to be a longer blog post out this week with details on the outcomes from the event and when the next one’s on!
We are in the process of developing a guide to help support Dojos host a CoderDojo Girls event, with the aim of increasing the numbers of girls attending their regular Dojo. The guide will also provide insights from Community members with tried and tested advice on sustaining girls in a Dojo setting.
We have already created support guides for both parents and girls themselves. This guide already promises to be more robust, with extensive practical advice from Champions and mentors, who utilise a variety of different approaches and content to increasing attendance and sustained engagement among the girls at their Dojo.
We would love to hear your insights and experiences; particularly in relation to your approach and the resources you found most useful in this regard, to help make this guide as benificial and comprehensive as possible to other Dojos and volunteers.
Please post below or if you prefer email me, Nuala, directly at email@example.com
Hi everyone in the community!
The fourth Open Community Call of 2017, facilitated by the CoderDojo Foundation, will be held on August 8th.
On this open call we will be focusing on the Community Platform and our recent merger with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. @Guillaume-Feliciano, one of our software engineers and @Rosa-Langhammer our reporting lead will be available on the call to discuss the latest updates to the Platform (Zen), receive feedback from those on the call and open up the floor to particular topics pertaining to the CoderDojo Platform and what it offers. Community members can discuss and ask questions with our Executive Director @Giustina-Mizzoni about the CoderDojo Foundations recent merger. The open call will be facilitated and chaired by the EMEA Community lead @Pete-OShea using Join.me.
If you cannot attend the call, you can note any questions or things you would like discussed on this forum post, so we can include it. We will be publishing the call as a video within two weeks of the 8th.
Here is an outline of what will be demoed and discussed on the call (Time in the outline is Dublin/London time):
To join the community call go to: https://join.me/team.coderdojo.org on August 8th at the specified time
On a computer, use any browser. Nothing to download.
On a phone or tablet, launch the join.me app (https://join.me/app) and enter meeting code:
Join as an audio conference:
Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.
International numbers available here: (https://join.me/intphone/353000353/0)
By computer via internet:
Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required.
5:30pm London/Dublin Time
@Nuala-Nic-Éil A pleasure to be part of this community.
Second class on the 29th of July we expect full house again. We’ll send the photos later.
We’ve just released a new integration so you can now integrate your Dojo events created on Eventbrite with their Dojo page on the CoderDojo Community Platform!
Visibility: Parents and young people who come to our website can find your Dojo and book a ticket quickly and easily.
Impact measurement: The Foundation will be able to measure and report the impact of the global community!
It’s really easy! (see how here 😀 )
Fins out everything you need to know about connecting our Dojos Eventbrite account with your Dojo so it syncs and dispalys all your future Dojo events on the CoderDojo Platform here.
Today is the last day for youths who attend CoderDojo or have in the past to share their thoughts with us.
Please pass on the link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CDyouth17) to young people from your Dojo so we can let their experiences shape our youth strategy over the coming year!
Check out all those who have shared their profile images so far!
Sriram (Coimbatore Dojo, India)
Radu (CoderDojo Romania)
Nuala (Docklands Dojo & CoderDojo Foundation, Ireland)
Esposende @ Associação de Cidadãos de Esposende Dojo (Portugal)
Takashi, Champion and Co-Founder of CoderDojo Japan
Kilkenny CoderDojo, Ireland
CoderDojo Valencia, Spain
Champion, Bernat Llopis and other members of CoderDojo Valencia, Spain
Kenichi of CoderDojo Osaka, Japan
Hi - Tao verification is actually under going a review with the intention of being relaunched in the coming weeks as the current system is quite onerous on the champion and its mentors to fill. You can review the current process here: http://kata.coderdojo.com/wiki/Tao_Supporting_Documents but this entire process will be redesigned and redone and piloted my prospective champions interested in Tao such as yourself. Would be happy to have you pilot it if it interests you.
Last January we shared the above resources and advice for those returning #BackToDojo after the holidays. Many Dojos also return back in September from a area as as such we will be running another #BackToDojo campaign in August/September.
If there is anything you would like to see included/added to our next #BackToDojo campaign starting next month please share it below or send a private message (Click “Chats” under COMMUNITY on the top right) with your suggestions of awesome resources or particular areas you would like more advice/support.
Joanne started a new Dojo in Charleville mall library (North strand, Dublin 1) three weeks ago.
The response has been great with oversubscription on places.
Next Saturday morning the 22nd of July, Joanne will be installing new hard drives into ~20 laptops with the ninjas.
Could you spare a couple of hours next Saturday morning to help install hard drives?
If you have experience of this even better.
If you have any questions or want to let Joanne know that you can help please post below and I will pass on your message/details.
Only 3 months to go until DojoCon 2017!
Tickets are now available for our international conference for all those involved in CoderDojo worldwide!
In many cases Dojos are set-up and run by volunteers. However, it is great that you have the resources to be able to offer this to a Dojo mentor. There is a chance to approach a corporate organisation in the area about this too, as they might provide volunteers as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives to help out at the Dojo.
I would also reach out to local educational institutes, corporates and tech networks to spread the word, and I’m sure you will be able to fill the spot. Have you been in touch with @Craig-Steele or Martin from the CoderDojo Scotland team? They may also be able to help spread the word in the local network.
Thanks. I know one of my ninjas is using GIMP but she couldn’t figure out how to then convert into the photoshop format required by the badge printers. Anyway, I found one of the Techgirlz mentors with photoshop and she is doing the final formatting for me - so I think we’ll be good for the next printing.
I used the digital badge designs for my initial buttons - they turned out OK, but they are hard to tell apart from a distance. So, I find designs with just one thing - like a big Scratch cat - better for physical badges.
I am using your criteria plus some of my own for the requirements. On the intermediate and advanced badges, I like to make sure the kids are being challenged to do more than just follow directions. One activity that is working out even better than I hoped is on the intermediate Scratch badge, in addition to doing the sushi cards, I have them take an existing project of someone elses and make changes to it. Then, they demonstrate their changes and take feedback from the dojo. They have to make at least one additional dojo recommended change.
This gets all the kids more engaged in the demos. I now have kids yelling out suggestions even when the demo isn’t one for a badge:-) I have a few kids who do private demos for the feedback, but most really like being the center of attention for a few minutes getting feedback suggestions.
That’s great news! Thanks for your prompt reply and action!
Best regards, and enjoy the weekend
Maurice and team
A friend of mine who’s based in Germany and dabbles a little bit with robotics, alerted me to a new robotics controller that’s looking to launch a larger production run. The product called Hedgehog, has been developed by an Austrian-based independent non-profit organization called, Practical Robotics Institute Austria (PRIA). PRIA was established to promote scientific and technical excellence in schools using robotics, as well conducting research in the fields of robotics, ICT and teaching methods.
Hedgehog from my research, looks to be an excellent platform for Coder Dojo ninjas. It got a built-in Raspberry Pi and supports both Google Blockly (which is akin to a more open version of MIT’s Scratch) as well as Python 3. As such, it seems to be an ideal next step after MIT Scratch. I’ve three ninjas who’ve been coding in Scratch for the past seven months, so I’ve had my ear to the ground for a while looking for something they might progress on to. Based on what I’ve read to date, I’m strongly considering pledging my support to this venture.
My ask here is that other forum users (especially any Makers who’ve worked with robotics platforms) review the Hedgehog specs., and please let me know soon, what you think of this product. Hedgehog is being funded on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform and the funding deadline expires this Saturday - sorry, I only heard about it yesterday - hence my urgency.
The following links provide more information on Hedgehog:
Thanks in advance for your knowledge and expertise.
@Sirani-McNeill That sounds like a great approach and really interesting to discuss mentors expectations of volunteering as a mentor and what can likely be expected.
While every Dojo is different, I know in Ireland the recommendation by the Gardaí (Police) in relation to vetting is that there is no requirement to vet by-standing parents, once off speakers, or anyone else who attends a Dojo infrequently.
Unless the person is in a position where they will be frequently engaging with a child/children at a Dojo & forming some kind of relationship via “relevant work” they do not need to be vetted. “Relavant work” is any work or activity which is carried out by a person, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with children or vulnerable persons.
To cut down on the management involved, maybe Champions could meet multiple potential volunteers at once ahead of a Dojo session, where expectations are discussed, the child protection policy is reviewed and police check is discussed in a group and then potential volunteers oversee the Dojo without getting involved. Having it in the Dojo space a head of the session, saves on travel and meet up management especially if both of the champions were meeting all individual potential volunteers separately.
Having a macro/uncanned response of an email to send out if they agree to sign up with all the details repeated, links to slack/mailchimp and documents attached so that it is easy to pass it on might also be useful.
Also highlighting our E-learning modules; I know some Dojos now use completion of the modules in the volunteers own time as a prerequisite to mentoring at the Dojo.
It would be interesting to hear how others manage on-boarding of mentors
What have you found useful? Are there any ways you help make the process less complex?
@Christian-Vermeulen @Bettina @Karen-Wellington @Manuel-Menezes-de-Sequeira @Bernat-Llopis
@Gemma-Cagney has been a Robotics Mentor at the Silicon docks CoderDojo for over ten months. Her Dojo is notable in that girls outnumber boys on a ratio of about 60:40. Below she shares a little bit about what they’ve learned along their journey. For her, the three most important factors for creating and growing a Dojo which is fun for all involved have been their network, environment and content.
Gemma has written two blogs already about her insights and advice:
Building a Network to support female Mentors and Ninjas
Creating an environment to support female ninjas
You can read more about our CoderDojo Girls Initiative here or share your insights and thoughts about encouraging and supporting CoderDojo Girls in your Dojo.
@Russell-Pearson, apologies for the cancellation of the last event. It was our first and hopefully last cancellation. We have updated our CoderDojo Zen page with our next event on the 22nd of July. We hope to see you there!
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