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Jan 8, 2019

Look what you supported in 2018!

Dungarvan Dojo Volunteers
Dungarvan Dojo Volunteers

We look back with great pride at what we have achieved in 2018 with your support. The combined efforts of our volunteers and fans and the work of all the great people at CoderDojo Foundation.

First things first: we welcomed 660 new Dojos to the community. Now, our global network of over 2,000 free coding clubs is regularly reaching more than 60,000 young people in-person, in over 110 countries worldwide.

In 2018, We got things done for volunteers

As a Foundation, we understand that giving time for a cause you care about is often a significant personal decision. Deciding to continue volunteering week on week, month on month, and in some cases, year on year is a really remarkable gift to your local community. As a foundation, it’s been our primary goal to equip all volunteers globally with the right tools, support and knowledge to keep their clubs running and sustainable over the long-term creating welcoming spaces for young people across the world.

This year we focused on several initiatives to give our volunteers a great experience:

  • We moved our learning resources to the website of our new project providing access to more than 200 educational projects covering multiple technologies
  • In order to support our for who are not native English speakers, we made the translation of resources a priority with resources now available in over 26 languages and counting. Over 500 volunteer translators across the world regularly give their time to help translate our resources.
  • We built a new homepage to make it easier to get involved be that finding a club near your or finding out how to start one.

Volunteers did amazing things

We are beginning to see the impact of the CoderDojo Girls Initiative. Preliminary results from the 2018 annual survey (full results will be published later this year) show that 33% of attendees are girls - an increase of 4% from this time last year. We have to thank our amazing volunteers who promoted gender equality, tested interventions suggested in our handbook.

Coolest Projects is getting Cooler!

We are now ramping up for THREE global Coolest Projects events these will be in addition to events already run by our global community in places such as Italy, Bulgaria, and Belgium. Check out our newly branded website for all the details!

There’s lots more to tell - as always keep an eye on our news blog for all the latest from around the world.  https://coderdojo.com/news/

Thank you for your continued support of our worldwide movement of community-led coding clubs!

Global Network of Clubs
Global Network of Clubs
New HomePage
New HomePage
The Royals Visit CoderDojo
The Royals Visit CoderDojo
Translation Project call for volunteers
Translation Project call for volunteers

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Oct 10, 2018

Creating an infrastructure for Innovation

CoderDojo Foundation
CoderDojo Foundation's Docklands Dojo

Can you believe we have now reached 1,932 Dojos in 110 countries across the world? In September alone we verified 61 Dojos. Excitingly, we saw our very first Dojos registered in Afghanistan, Mozambique, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize and the Cayman Islands. With such a far-flung community, it's really important that we provide the right tools and support systems to allow Dojos around the word to flourish and create.

Our team has been busy doing just that. Zen, our community platform, has been serving our global community for years. It helps them find mentors and manage their events, it has grown from a small experiment into a much bigger project. Our development team has been working hard to improve user experience by building Zen a brand new homepage for parents, champions, and volunteers when they log in. To read more about the work click on our link below!

As you know, CoderDojo is based on an open-source model. We want as many people to access coding resources to help them create, for free! To make this even easier and more fun, we have migrated most of our educational content to Raspberry Pi's central project site linked below.

What this means is - More projects for everyone, easier to search platform, and projects available in more languages (26 languages and counting!) We have a great translation project on the go with an army of volunteer translators supporting our team to localise more resources. If you have some language skills and fancy volunteering, here's a link to a sign-up form.

We've published a report here on our activities for the first half of this year available in our 'about' section on our website. Our Q3 report is due to be published later this month. As always keep an eye on our news page for more stories from our community.

So that's some of the things that have been happening behind the scenes. Out loud in the open, we had a fabulous time at our first North America edition of Coolest Projects at the Discovery Cube in Orange County, California.

I think this parent testimony we got back sums the event up nicely - "It was absolutely amazing!!!!!! My child found his tribe. He was so excited and is already planning his next project. This was one of the best events I have ever gone to for children/teens and I am so glad that we had a chance to come! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!"

Finally, we are strongly committed to increasing female participation in our global movement. As part of this, at our birthday this year, we have made the pledge to train 5,000 female mentors by 2021 to proactively ensuring there are more female role models worldwide.

Thank you for your continued support of our worldwide movement of community-led coding clubs!

Zen Homepage
Zen Homepage
New Projects Site Homepage
New Projects Site Homepage
Young people at Coolest Projects North America
Young people at Coolest Projects North America
CoderDojo Birthday Celebration
CoderDojo Birthday Celebration

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Jul 13, 2018

CoderDojo - A grassroots phenomenon!

Young Coolest Projects Participant & LED Cube
Young Coolest Projects Participant & LED Cube

For young people across the world, The Coolest Projects showcase in Dublin is an annual highlight where they get to connect with their peers and share the wonderful creations they've been working on in Dojos and Code Clubs around the world. It's hard to believe how young this movement is that has grown from 1 Dojo to over 1800 worldwide. Just this week we celebrated our 7th Birthday and had some very special visitors come to see a Dojo in Action (see photos).

As CoderDojo and the Coolest Projects movement grows in popularity, there have been several exciting regional events over the past number of months.

On April 22nd, our product manager Conor travelled over to visit Coolest Projects Belgium, where 91 young people built 64 projects, the event was supported by over 100 Volunteers with over 3,000 visitors attending the three-hour event. There was a rich diversity of projects, some had live chickens, others tackled water conservation, showcased football playing robots, or walking sticks that can sense the world for you

The very first Coolest Projects UK happened on April 28th (check out the great highlights video) and brought together young digital creators from the UK Raspberry Pi community. Earlier this year we opened up all Coolest Projects events run by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to all young makers who attend Code Clubs, Dojos and Raspberry Jams. Over 40 projects were showcased by 65 young people. Their project ranged from unicorn games built in Scratch to cracker-and-cheese dispensers powered by Raspberry Pis. 300 visitors engaged in cool hands-on-making activities, such as 3D printing, and enjoyed sitting back and watching the live shows and demos hosted by Greg Foot and Neil Montaro.

Coolest Projects Sofia was hosted on the 12th of May in the Telerik Academy by CoderDojo Bulgaria and the National Digital Alliance with the support of CoderDojo Foundation hosting over 100 projects. These regional events help connect our global community. Young people from Dojos across 15 different countries globally participated in the International Showcase in Dublin were over 650 projects were showcased to 5,000 visitors.

Check out our blog and fantastic highlights videos to get a great idea of the scale and creativity of all these events.

We are currently inviting our North American community to participate in the first ever Coolest Projects in the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, California on September 23. To ensure, as many young people aged 7 to 17 can showcase their work we have a travel bursary to support their attendance that is open for submission until July 31st open to young people in North America.

Wow - there has been a lot happening! While there is lots more coming up, one final bit of news we'll finish with this time is that we have launched a really exciting free online course hosted on Futurelearn.com which helps community members to 'Start a CoderDojo Club'. We have waiting lists in lots of regions for Dojos so we created this course for anyone who is interested in enabling young people to be tech creators. Parents, teachers, librarians, IT professionals, youth workers and more have all started clubs in their community. Those who have note how 'it's an amazing experience that led [them] to expand [their] personal horizons' and that they 'find it really rewarding' The course is open free and open to all, so if you are interested or know someone who might be we encourage you to check it out!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visiting CoderDojo
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visiting CoderDojo
Start a Dojo Course
Start a Dojo Course
Coolest Projects Award Ceremony
Coolest Projects Award Ceremony
Winner of Hardware Category CP International
Winner of Hardware Category CP International
Coolest Projects UK Participant
Coolest Projects UK Participant

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