Last year, we kicked-off a pilot project between the Dojo in IBM Cork and IBM Ghana (Accra@IBM Ghana Dojo) using remote mentoring. An article detailing our efforts can be found here: https://coderdojo.com/news/2016/10/20/coderdojo-ghana-ibm-building-a-big-blue-bridge-across-the-technological-divide/.
So far, our pains have been thankfully few – and our gains many
How we resolved these problems:
As a note, we deployed on Thursday a security patch to extend coverage of our permission system.
If you note any issue on a workflow related to events (booking, creation, …) please notify us, it may be a side effect of this patch
If you come across this post.
FYI: this discussion continues here: https://forums.coderdojo.com/topic/409/virtual-online-dojo-participation/2
@Gisela-Rossi Another vote here to please stay with it! The need is real and the progress you are making with your group is real, even if the numbers are relatively low.
We start girls-only teams, tables or groups with all of our STEM activities (we run FIRST and CyberPatriot programs in addition to CoderDojo) when the number of female participants fall way low (under 20%). With the changes the girls thrive and grow and eventually they choose on their own to join mixed teams or tables as they get older.
The US has strong laws for equal opportunity in school-sponsored sports called Title IX. The same underlying principles apply to STEM activities in our view.
One observation: the age the girls start in STEM activities does not matter - a 9 year old or a 16 year old can experience the same initial biases and lack of support. What matters is that they get a year or two to get their footing in these STEM activities. After that second year they seem to thrive.
CoderDojo Coolest Projects is a great opportunity to see and be inspired by the variety, complexity and originality of projects developed by young people involved in CoderDojo. This year was our most international yet with parents, Champions, Mentors and Ninjas traveling from 17 countries to attend and participate.
It is great for Ninjas to meet other young people who have a similar interest in creating with code and seeing how each child has used their skills to create really cool projects. But even those who were unable to attend can be inspired by seeing what projects were entered in the showcase.
Feel free to share with Ninjas at your Dojo and discuss them to help encourage Ninjas to keep developing their skills and come up with new ideas
You can also see a list of all the projects which were awarded prizes here.
Sure, thanks! Send them along to email@example.com and I’ll stick them on the Kata page for you!
Apologies for the delay and thanks for the congrats I am currently having this conversation with the minecraft Edu team to try and figure out how we can work together and this may be one of the ways. I believe this will take some time as the conversation is only starting on this. In the meantime I would go ahead and fill out their eligibility form here. and submit it to them. If you get a response before I have a new update please feel free to post here and let me know.
For others reading this please keep an eye on the CoderDojo Blog / official newsletter for updates on this if it is not posted below, alternatively you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
I am using buttons as badges for the kids. They only cost about 35 cents each and the kids wear them on their name tag lanyards. I had a graphics designer who helped get the designs into the right eps format for the company making the pins, but she’s not available anymore.
I want a few new badges for Advanced Scratch, Intermediate Python, RaspberryPi with Python, etc. I have two girls who volunteered to do the designs, but neither have photoshop or illustrator. Is their anyone out there who would be willing to help out?
I will share all our current designs - as soon as I figure out where I can put them to share them. The kata won’t let me upload a .zip or .eps.
@Guillaume-Feliciano ok Tks
We are delighted to announce that Tiera Guinn, Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer at The Boeing Company specifically working on NASA’s Space Launch System, will be speaking on Saturday 17th at CoderDojo Coolest Projects Showcase 2017 in Dublin!
Born and raised in a small town near Atlanta, Georgia, Tiera Guinn has had a passion for aerospace engineering since she was eleven. Before then, she had aspirations of being a scientist, inventor, architect, mathematician, and many other careers within the field of STEM. It was not until she became introduced to the field of aerospace engineering that she realised her true dream.
Tiera is a recent graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering. She is now a full-time Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer at The Boeing Company, specifically working on NASA’s Space Launch System.
Aged 22, she designs and analyzes parts of a rocket that will be one of the biggest and most powerful in history!
What is Tiera’s advice for girls and young women who would like to follow in her footsteps?
“You have to look forward to your dream and you can’t let anybody get in the way of it,” she said. “No matter how tough it may be… you have to keep pushing. And you have to understand that nothing comes easy. Keeping your eyes on the prize, you can succeed.”
Book your free ticket for CoderDojo Coolest Projects by Friday 16th June at tickets.coolestprojects.org
Can’t make the event? No worries! We’ll be streaming and sharing content from the event, including Tiera’s session from our Facebook and Twitter pages.
We are collecting questions from the community to ask Tiera on the day. Ask your questions below (in particular we would love to any questions from CoderDojo ninjas) or email them to email@example.com
It’s a restricted change because it also modify the kind of user type that you have (being : adult or kid basically), which restrict the functionnalities you have access to (like adding a kid)
Send me a PM with the associated user and I’ll have a look on Tuesday
To second @Christian-Vermeulen : this would be a great addition. This saves double work and allows to plan ahead for both us and our ninja’s.
I think only a date of the event, and a date for ticket release would be the most important. Session-specific stuff (like subject, start- and end time, capacity, and-so-on) will in our case not be known until a few weeks before the event starts.
It would also help a lot if this event list was publicly available through an .ics or rss feed, so people can actually sync this with their personal tools. This also saves us a lot of communication stuff every dojo.
Thanks for your efforts!
Hi @Pavlo thanks for sending this, don’t know how I missed it this week .
Check out our badges page as we do have badges for soft skills and as for other badges please request any which you feel are missing.
For digital badging standards we must keep a clear criteria for them to be recognisable but I’d be interested in hearing other community members opinions on this too as we can’t input clear criteria where different Dojos are setting different criteria.
If anyone else has input on this please chime in
As we will remain a separate legal entity our data and our users data will remain with the Foundation to continue to comply with data protection regulation.
Please let us know if you have any questions/queries around this and we will be continuing to keep the community and in particular users of the platform up to date on this.
@KramKroc said in Micro:bit for UK Dojos:
Can I just ask who provided the funding? Was it purely from CoderDojo or did micro:bit foundation provide it?
Can I just ask who provided the funding? Was it purely from CoderDojo or did micro:bit foundation provide it?
Heya Mark, CoderDojo is a partner of the Micro:bit initiative. The Micro:bits came directly through Micro:bit, with the application process being managed by the CoderDojo England and Wales team.
Thanks for getting in touch.Parking will be €6 on the day with limited spaces available on the Anglesea road entrance and then the Simmonscourt entrance (with more spaces) will also be open!
Car parks will be open from 6am
For directions and other transport info see the Coolest Projects Travel page here.
@Philip-Harney OK. I think you could integrate the palindrome example through the cards. For example, first just working with a string and a single palindrome. then reading the string in and out of a file, then encapsulating into a function, then reading all the strings, etc. Not sure what order is best, but I’m sure you can figure that part out. I think it would make the cards even better, and keep the palindrome coding from being quite as hard. Right now, it’s a pretty big leap to write that code from a blank start.
Hey Nuala thanks for posting such a comprehensive and well laid post. We have a lot of new kids so I decided to do this the other night and they all loved it. A lot added extra GameObjects like, Tables and Jam among others and they created other variables and redid the win conditions. So it proves to be a good exercise even for the kids used to scratch because you can explain what functions correspond with the blocks in scratch, for instance The update function is the forever block or Awake is the Green Flag etc.
But the whole point of it is to let the kids change the code and try recreate a quick little game of their own in scratch. It works, most of the time. Cheers
@KramKroc No worries Mark. So either way works in terms of time sequence of ordering:
For the ‘waiting list’ ticket: the time order of tickets booked is saved, so that the most recent tickets booked are displayed at the top (so while the date is displayed on the manage section, the time of the booking is saved for each ticket in the backend). If you want to sort to see who booked first you can click the arrow beside “Application Date” and the oldest booking will be at the top.
For “Turn on Ticket Approval”: The ordering on the platform works the same as above if you turn on ticket approval. You will additionally have an email sent to your Dojo email every time someone goes to book a ticket.
Really it just depends, if you prefer managing everything from within the platform in one go I would use the first option, and if you prefer seeing emails as individuals book in and managing it that way go for the second option.
We also now have a new mail your Dojo members feature which makes updating different members of your Dojo about important Dojo updates/events very easy. You can read more about it here.
We are running our second CoderDojo session at the Riot Games Dublin office this Tuesday, May 30th from 6pm-7pm!
Young people will learn to make Games, build websites, and make AI with Raspberry Pi and MORE! Please spread the word to parents that maybe interested.
Book Tickets here
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