At the moment I am trying to focus on promoting the wrist belts in our CoderDojo Waterloo. We have finally received the belts and we start to award them for the first projects in our April Dojo. The wrist belt system will be the first Sushi card. I still need to work on it a bit so that it's shorter and clearer for kids.
Then I will start adding cards for each learning paths: Game Design, Web Design, App Development, Minecraft Modding etc. I want them to be more graphical rather than a table which might look boring for kids. My idea is to prepare these cards as a part of the interactive workshops that will showcase new project tools. The problem is that kids feel quite comfortable with Scratch and don't always want to try something new. The workshop environment might help them to get out of their Scratch "bubble" and let them learn more complicated tools that are required for the higher level belts. The end goal would be that kids do workshops themselves. Actually it's also included in the belt system as the project impact for a local CoderDojo (see the requirements for the green belt).
I think the belt system is crucial here since it allows kids to track their progress as well as to grow both in their programming and soft skills. Moreover, it's self-promoting because once the belts are out, other kids will notice them and might also want to get them. Can't wait till our next CoderDojo to start rolling it out!
@Nuala-Nic-Éil Thanks a lot! These are great ideas for Scratch projects. In our belt system, however, we limit Scratch to a basic level and the first two belts. If a ninja wants to get a next belt, he/she will need to use any text-based programming language that is typically used for education purposes. This expands their knowledge about computer science and allows them to create more sophisticated projects.
I'm thinking about creating a set of Sushi Cards about the Project-Based Learning in CoderDojo that will include the Belt System, Project Tools Examples and Project Charter Template. The Project Tools can be probably split into several Sushi cards according the different paths (similar to the CoderDojo Bento Boxes). What do you think about it?
An update of the Belt System. In addition I've also created the Project Tools Examples and the Project Charter Template.
I'm thinking about creating a set of Sushi Cards about the Project-Based Learning in CoderDojo that will include the above mentioned documents. The Project Tools can be probably split into several Sushi cards according the different paths (similar to the CoderDojo Bento Boxes).
That's a great initiative. Count me in!
Pavlo (CoderDojo Waterloo)
I'm trying to create an alternative wrist belt system (https://drive.google.com/open?id=1UTYTdPyjAEbnL86aAe_6IcthDA-srI6ZvIG2-G-PAvE) that could be used instead of the official CoderDojo wrist belt system (http://kata.coderdojo.com/wiki/Belts). The official system has 8 expensive belts (minimum 6-7 euros for each USB wrist belt) and focuses mostly on coding skills. In the alternative system I propose 5 cheap belts (around 1-2 euros for each silicone wrist belt) that encourage kids to develop soft skills and community spirit. I will be happy to hear your comments/remarks as well as to know your CoderDojo experience using the wrist belts.
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