@Nuala-Nic-Éil thanks Nuala
I presume this is for projects completed by individuals, not teams?
Preparations going well, word is getting out and bookings are coming in. We're so much prepared now than we were this time last year.
My key tip is Give yourself enough of a lead in time and never think you have enough time before the event to sort something out - do it now or it won't get done
Tickets availble on http://megadojo.eventbrite.ie if anyone wants to join us
Trying out the beginners sushi cards in our dojo at the moment. The ninjas (particularly those who've just moved up from scratch) are finding them very helpful. We've no session this Saturday but everyone is going to give the challenge on card seven a go and we'll review it as a group next week before moving onto the next set of cards.
I wonder how other people are finding them
Just to update - we've opened bookings for MegaDojo in LIT - http://megadojo.eventbrite.ie
CoderDojo Midwest will be kicking off EU Code Week with MegaDojo in LIT on the 15th October 2016. We've got workshops, guest speakers, demonstrations and hackathons. Tickets available soon
name: Barry Kennedy
The type of community member: Mentor
The name of your Dojo: Limerick @ LIT
Where it is located: Limerick, Ire;land
Just to clarify on the vagueness, its deliberate. The idea is that the project is a personal challenge for the ninja. For the language specific requirements, we included a rough idea of what the project should contain but these are just guidelines. What we look for is that the ninja really challenged them and learnt something new.
This is where we've the sushi cards, the belts and the coolest projects work quiet well together.
We usually have a beginners area in scratch, kids normally stay in this area for 4-6. In the HTML group we start them on the Sushi cards.
After the first few weeks, we've move them into the intermediate area and get them to start work on a yellow belt project. My advice is always pick something that interests you and use the code to tell the world about it.
We have project presentations every couple of weeks were the ninjas get up and present their projects and get awarded with their belt. Then the cycle begins again
One of the key things i've found is you have to keep encouraging the ninjas. In my group I try to sit down with everyone for a few minutes each week to see how their projects are going and where they need help.
I devised a system of belts which has form the backbone of the Belts document the foundation put together last october.
You can find out requirements here:
We kept these very vague but we have specific versions for each language
(I have java and python requirements somewhere on my pc - i'll try find them)
This is an ongoing process and we're constantly refining how we do things. This year we introduced a printed card for each level that allowed the ninjas to fill in details of their projects.
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