Many CoderDojo clubs, who took a break are returning #BackToDojo. We want to help support all those Dojos who are returning back this term as well as those who run throughout the year.
Each week during September we will be sharing content you can use in your Dojo and other resources to save you time and effort running your Dojo so both volunteers and children get the most out of it. You will find all the resources linked here as they go live each week!
So what have we done in advance to make going #BackToDojo easier for you and your Dojo members?
This week we will be sharing a selection of beginners content and initial resources you can use when starting back.
Here are our pick of three projects to try out at your next session:
A good choice for those attending a Dojo for the first time is our beginner Scratch for Social Innovation. Children learn the basics of Scratch while building a game where you protect people from malaria by making a parrot catch mosquitoes.
A tougher option for ninjas looking for more of a challenge is our HTML/CSS pathway. This is an intermediate level project that focuses on controlling how your website looks.
Our wearables projects are really cool. In this project, children will create T-Shirts with LED’s sewn into them. Just remember, you may need to source some of the hardware needed before your Dojo.
Thanks to everyone who joined out twitter chat on Wednesday! You can see all those who participated and what insights people shared here. We will also be doing a summery blog with highlights from the 12 hour chat in the coming days!
Other resources shared this week include this blog on how you can encourage computational thinking offline with unplugged activities. These are really useful for energising children and also a great resource to use if your Dojo doesn’t have internet access.
Also a great resource for all mentors this term is the Hello World magazine. The next issue is out on Tuesday 18 September and the theme is Ethical Computing. People in the UK can subscribe to a free hard copy. While those anywhere in the world can get a free digital subscription! Learn more here.
To help those in your Dojo who are interested in mentoring but would love an introduction to programming and computers, the Raspberry Pi Foundation have just released two new free online courses:
These are a great way to help support and give confidence to non-technical mentors and parents so they can help out more in a Dojo!
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