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CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally

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CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally
Kathleen, a member of the Traveller community
Kathleen, a member of the Traveller community

Hello!

Greetings from Dublin Ireland - the home of CoderDojo Foundation.

This is a little note to update you on the work that your generous support contributes to. You are part of a movement that has expanded exponentially due to the time, support and enthusiasm of a community that now spans 104 countries worldwide.

Our global community is powered by an army of over 12,000 enthusiastic and generous volunteers. One of the biggest challenges that our community reports on year-on-year is the recruiting and retention of volunteers for clubs. In response, we’ve been busy producing more resources and supports so that our community has the right tools to create great clubs and develop new skillsets as the grow.

Like many tech initiatives, we are aware there are many barriers to access, beyond cost, that prevent people from participating in our programmes. Here's some of the work we've been doing to help our existing volunteers and welcome more people into the fold.

  • We’ve developed a ‘Train The Champions Facilitator Guide’ this is a training manual specifically aimed at existing volunteers and champions who are interested in inspiring more people. Over the past two years, the CoderDojo Foundation Team have hosted training sessions across Ireland, the UK, and Belgium. Based on all this experience they’ve developed this guide to help our volunteers facilitate training sessions themselves. 
  • Our Dojo Starter packs are now available worldwide! Following on from the success of our pilot programme in Ireland and the UK, Champions worldwide now have the opportunity to apply for the CoderDojo starter packs to help them kick-start their new dojo. These packs contain, flyers, stickers, badges, and posters along USB stick loaded with a wealth of projects and training materials that can all be accessed without an internet connection. 
  • We developed free online courses for mentors to develop their technical mentoring skills. When we asked volunteers what motivated them to get involved in their local Dojo one quarter mentioned ‘learning new skills’. Now anyone can join our courses aimed at mentors with topics including Python for Educators; Moving from Block to Text-based Programming and Understanding Computer Systems. We also created courses such as an Introduction to Cybersecurity and Impact of Technology: How to Lead Dojo Discussion, which is aimed at helping volunteers to continue engaging older Dojo attendees.

 

We know free doesn't necessarily mean accessible!

We are very aware that community members can face a lot of potential hurdles to getting involved in a local Dojo. In the last year, we’ve collaborated with our community on some great initiatives:

  • Opening new doors for young Travellers with CoderDojo. We collaborated with Involve, formerly the National Association of Traveller Centres, an organisation that works to widen youth services and opportunities for young people from the Traveller Community. The CoderDojo team delivered a train-the-trainer programme for youth workers to give them the confidence to offer coding activities in their local communities. 
  • Community-led resource creation -Many clubs want to make their Dojos more accessible but don’t know where to begin. When we were approached by Hannah, a CoderDojo mentor who also happens to be autistic, we jumped at the opportunity to co-create an accessibility guide.

In addition to all these great resources, community members can always get facetime with our team and ask questions in real time at one of our regular webinars.

That’s a little snapshot of what we’ve been up to this quarter if you want to dig a little deeper into what’s been happening across CoderDojo Foundation take a look at our 2018 Annual report, which we published last month.

CoderDojo Accessibility Guide
CoderDojo Accessibility Guide
Coolest Projects Participants
Coolest Projects Participants
Young girl
Young girl's at a Dojo
CoderDojo Starter Pack
CoderDojo Starter Pack

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Map of active dojos globally
Map of active dojos globally

As always we've had lots of great events, meetups and new clubs being created across the world. In this mail, I want to give you a little behind the scenes insight into how we manage and support our global community. I also want to tell you more about our most recent Coolest Projects events in the UK and US which celebrated the amazing achievements of young creators.

As an organisation, we pride ourselves on being driven by research. We try to understand the needs of our community as they develop over time and to provide the best support structures to respond to those needs. We have a number of support mechanisms through regular webinars, fabulous free resources and educational content and great community events.

The numbers may be down (temporarily) but our community engagement is UP!

Over our short history, there have been over 2,800 Dojos registered on our community platform. With volunteer-led clubs, we realise some have longer lifespans than others and sometimes they just need to take a little break while life happens.

As our community grows we want to ensure we can still give as much hands-on support as possible. In order to give the best support, we need to know the status of all our Dojos around the world.

We want to ensure that when someone decides to search for a dojo in their local community that we have all the relevant clubs listed and that those clubs are still active.

This year our community team did a huge census, they contacted every dojo that hadn’t completed the annual survey to see if they were still active/the correct contact details were still present.

After this process 100s of Dojos were removed from our system. Since last year our reported numbers globally dropped significantly. However, now we are confident that each of our 1,702 Dojos across 97 countries are all active community spaces, with regular events.

See a snapshot of what our global community looks like today!

Our community inspires at Coolest Projects

The second installment of Coolest Projects UK took place in Manchester’s Sharp Project in early March. At the event, more than 120 of Britain’s young creators came together to share over 80 digital projects with one another and with more than 500 members of the public. 13-year-old Sally Wells from Strood, who invented a game for Coolest Projects UK 2019, said she started coding to help people.

“I’m involved with Future Coders, because I decided it would be a great extracurricular activity and useful in the future. You can make things to basically help people improve their lives – it’s hard at first, but the more you do it, the easier it gets.”

This was also the second year of Coolest Projects USA Young creators aged 5–18 came together from all over the US, traveling from as far as Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania to showcase their incredible ideas, brought to life by them through the power of coding. Needless to say, we were thoroughly impressed by every project, whether the creator made it to help solve a real-world problem or to express their imagination.

Coolest Projects are fantastic opportunities for us to celebrate our amazing, creative global community, which includes you!

There’s still time to share info about getting involved in our biggest Coolest Projects Technology Fair for young people. Coolest Projects International is happening on May 5th in Dublin. Check out the link below for more info.

Coolest Projects UK Awards Ceremony audience
Coolest Projects UK Awards Ceremony audience
Coolest Projects UK Creators
Coolest Projects UK Creators
Coolest Projects USA Discovery Cube
Coolest Projects USA Discovery Cube
Coolest Projects US judge looking at projects
Coolest Projects US judge looking at projects

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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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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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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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CoderDojo Foundation

Location: Dublin - Ireland
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Project Leader:
Rosa Langhammer
Dublin, / Ireland

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