I’m back with a short update on all of the great work you are helping to support around the world. The CoderDojo movement would not exist without the generosity of people like you, donating what they can, whether that be a monetary contribution or time or both.
We now have a community of over 12,000 fabulous volunteers that keep our global community thriving on a daily basis. Here’s some of the stuff we’ve all been up to:
We launched a free CoderDojo Events pack. We’re delighted to say that we now have a great little pack available to any community members who are planning an event. We send some suitable materials if you are planning on organising such things as a meetup, a regional Dojocon, a MegaDojo, where multiple clubs come together and code together or indeed a regional Coolest Projects event. Packs vary in size and contents depending on the type of event being planned.
Building better systems for our community. Our developers have done a lot of work to simplify the process of adding events to our platform. This is both for the benefit of club champions, and for people searching active club session in their area. The new system should increase the simplicity, speed, and sustainability of our platform.
Our community shared some great insights with the Scratch community. In August, the Raspberry Pi Foundation hosted the first-ever Scratch Conference Europe in Cambridge UK. The conference was a great opportunity for CoderDojo volunteers and the Foundation to connect with makers and educators from around the world. We were amazed by the innovative and inspiring talks, workshops and discussions.
Yohei from CoderDojo Japan spoke about growing our community in Japan. He highlighted the importance of face-to-face discussions and the benefits of having introductory resources easily available. He also emphasised the benefit of champions being able to shape their clubs within the parameters of the CoderDojo charter.
Rosa and Tara for CoderDojo Foundation ran a workshop on idea generation and design thinking. You can click through to our blog post for links to presentations, videos and more about other speakers on the day here - > check out the links below.
What we really love about events such as Scratch Conference and Dojocon is that they provide great opportunities for our community to share best-practice, tips, techniques, and just general inspiration and motivation. When our community doesn’t have a chance to meet in person they often share these virtually via our regular webinars - and sharing their stories via our blog.
CoderDojo Indiana hosted a special parent workshop, and now you can too. While not all mentors are parents, a significant part of our community is led by enthusiastic parents. However, not all parents with children at CoderDojo’s feel confident enough to participate. CoderDojo Indiana hosted a special CoderDojo 101 session for parents at their last hackathon to great success. We’ve created a special presentation deck so you can hold a similar session too.
Finally, Nuala put together a great post about how existing dojos can be used to help volunteers gain new skills and keep them growing as they share their skills with the next generation. Check out the full post on providing leadership stretch below.
“Trust is again the word that comes to mind. Giving space for the new person to do things, even in ways that are different from the way you would do them” – Carmelo, Former champion of CoderDojo Bologna
thank you for your continued support on behalf of all our community!
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