CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally

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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
Coolest Projects 2021 will take place online
Coolest Projects 2021 will take place online

Dear Friend,

I hope this message finds you well. 

Technology is changing our world, and we believe that every young person deserves the chance to shape this. Generous donors like you make this possible.

Since our last update to you, in addition to supporting CoderDojos who are delivering activities online, we have been gearing up to engage Ninjas everywhere to participate in our biggest flagship technology event yet - Coolest Projects 2021!

 

Coolest Projects

We are so excited to announce that our annual technology fair - Coolest Projects - will be online in 2021, and bigger than ever! We know that Coolest Projects is a great motivator for young people (Ninjas) and is a place for Ninjas to showcase their awesome digital creations. We’ve been supporting CoderDojos across the world to help their Ninjas register their projects, so that their cool creations will be showcased all over the world.

To support clubs and young people to get started with their projects, we have been running workshops on ‘How to design projects with young people’. These workshops cover example projects, outline the planning and design process and show how clubs can use Coolest Projects to motivate and engage young people who are joining remotely.

We have also been sharing stories about creator’s projects in different countries to inspire more young people to start making! For example, we shared a story about Bhakti who created this amazing ‘Save the Animals’ game in our 2020 showcase.

We have also been busy myth-busting about Coolest Projects misconceptions so encourage more young people to take part.

 

International Womens’ Day

To motivate Ninjas we have also been shining a light on the amazing women who work in computer science for International Women’s Day. 

We shared the story of Nikole Vaughn, who is the champion of CoderDojo Collaborative in San Antonio, Texas. We caught up with her to hear about what being part of the CoderDojo community means, and how she wants to inspire the next generation of female coders.

 

Coding from home

Our clubs team have been working hard to deliver ongoing workshops and provide resources to celebrate the CoderDojo community who are delivering activities online. These include sessions on how to run an online Dojo safely and top tips for running engaging activities. We’re also running sessions on ‘how to help young people progress with using Scratch’. We continue to have great engagement in these workshops, which also provide a space for volunteers to connect and share learnings.

To reach more young people directly from home, we’ve also been continuing to run our Digital Making at Home live stream. On Pi Day this year (March 14th) we ran a live stream with special guest Eben Upton - creator of the Raspberry Pi and co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation - and introduced Coolest Projects to inspire makers everywhere. 

We look forward to telling you all about our Coolest Projects event in our next update. For now, thanks for helping us to keep our CoderDojo community coding!

 

Wishing you all the best,

 

Bryony

Bhakti's game - 'Save the Animals'
Bhakti's game - 'Save the Animals'
Nikole Vaughn wants to inspire more girls to code
Nikole Vaughn wants to inspire more girls to code
Our Pi Day coding live stream
Our Pi Day coding live stream
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Our new coding project: 'Look after yourself'
Our new coding project: 'Look after yourself'

Helping young people learn from home 

Dear Friend,

I hope this message finds you well. 

Not enough young people have the opportunity to learn about technology through making. We want to change this and that is only made possible because of donors like you who support our mission.  

Since our last update to you, we have been working hard to engage, listen and respond to the needs of our passionate global community. Your donation is helping us to continue supporting our clubs as the landscape of local restrictions continues to evolve.

Supporting our Community

Since June, more of our clubs have been running online and some are starting to open in-person. We’ve been developing and delivering lots of free guidance and resources to support our club volunteers. These offer best practice on how to run your club online and in-person safely, how to run engaging online sessions and how to keep young people safe. To date we’ve run 21 webinars and community calls, with over 1500 people watching so far. Volunteers are telling us our webinars have helped them to set-up clubs in new formats:

I think this training was great — I feel like I'm well set up for getting the Code Club sessions underway and the children enjoying them! I think the course covered everything we need for now very clearly, and in a really friendly, encouraging tone” - Course participant

Sharing Learnings

We’ve also been bringing our global community together to share learning across borders. For exampleLeeds Libraries Club shares their  top three tips for running a successful online club to inspire the wider community. They have adapted their Clubs and established a thriving online coding community as part of their #LibrariesFromHome offer. 

One volunteer cites: “Lars (Leeds Code Club attendee, aged 9) has really enjoyed it.. [..] it’s given them something to do and new skills to learn in lockdown. Lars says: it’s ‘very, very, very fun’”.

We’ve also introduced lots of exciting new online coding projects for clubs and young people to engage in, like our new ‘Look After yourself’ module. 

New Collaborations

Other Dojos are working together in new ways to reach young people. In northern Italy, a network of CoderDojos has banded together to create a series of large-scale online events where over 100 regular attendees at a time can meet, code and collaborate.

Learning from Home

Our new Digital making at Home live stream code-along series is also full steam ahead. In direct response to the pandemic we have been delivering a live stream every week which is accessible by learners all over the world. Topics have ranged from machine learning to keeping the planet green.. to coding in space!  

We’ve delivered 29 live sessions so far, with thousands of viewers tuning in in the UK, US, India and across the world.

You can watch back the live streams here, or check out our latest online coding projects ‘Look after yourself’ and ‘Protect our planet’ on our website.

We look forward to updating you soon on our plans for 2021. Thanks for helping us to keep our community coding!

Wishing you all the best,

 

Bryony

CoderDojos in northern Italy join forces
CoderDojos in northern Italy join forces
Our code-along live stream is reaching thousands
Our code-along live stream is reaching thousands
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CoderDojo Japan Quote
CoderDojo Japan Quote

Hello

I hope this message finds you well. Thank you again for your on-going support. Your donation helps us continue to support our global community through these very challenging times.

In my last update to you, we were in rapid response mode, supporting a global community through the pandemic by creating the resources and supports that they said were most urgent. Since then, we have been building on all of these great supports and creating lots of fantastic educational content, but we’ve also taken the time to celebrate the amazing achievements of young makers across the globe!

Celebrate Community!

As you might know, for the last eight years the world’s leading tech showcase, Coolest Projects, has been the annual highlight for our community. Thousands of young people from around the world showcased their creations at events in the UK, US and the international event in Ireland. 

After consulting with community members everyone agreed that it would be a huge loss to cancel this annual celebration of creativity. So, this year, Coolest Projects moved online and the response was phenomenal! We had the biggest ever international representation, up from 18 countries last year. Young tech creators from 39 countries took part including lots of representatives from Ireland, Australia, Palestine, UK, USA, India, and Indonesia. In total, you’ll find an incredible 560 projects from 775 young creators in the showcase gallery. We highly recommend you grab yourself a cup of tea and take some time to check out all the wonderful projects presented by creators around the world.

 

We invited VIP judges — Eben Upton, Hayaatun Sillem, Limor Fried, Mitch Resnick, and Tim Peake — who have chosen their favourite projects from the Coolest Projects online showcase. You can check out the judges' highlights on our blog here 

 

Behind the scenes

Our development team has been working hard over the last few months to deliver additional benefits to all our community members on the CoderDojo platform. CoderDojo accounts are now connected to Raspberry Pi Foundation accounts (this platform belongs to the wider Foundation that CoderDojo is a part of), users can avail of all the current features associated with your CoderDojo account, along with additional new features and great benefits.

 

  • Increased functionality on the projects site, like saving your progress while working through a project
  • The ability to ‘favourite’ projects, which allows users to have your favourite projects easily available on next login
  • Smoother project registration for Coolest Projects online, as Raspberry Pi accounts were already integrated with the Coolest Projects platform
  • The same ability to create and/or book into events, along with all the other benefits available throughCoderDojo account’s

Annual Survey

Each year the annual survey helps us understand our community more and helps us plan and develop more resources that are most in-demand. You can check out the details here. Of course, a lot has changed since we conducted the annual survey in the autumn of last year. The restrictions have meant that most Dojos around the world are currently operating very differently to how they were before. As of May 2020, based on a sample of over 500 replies, we understand that roughly: 

  • 22% of Dojos are running their sessions online
  • 7% are sending activities to their Ninjas
  • 59% are paused for now

As a result of that, our team is still working hard to ensure we are doing all we can to support our community whether that is in assisting clubs to move online or continuing to provide weekly code-along videos via our Digital Making at Home programme. In response to community feedback, we now are running weekly livestreams at 2 pm GMT, do check them out if you get a chance!

I hope you'll have the chance to check out all the new videos and content and the wonderful Coolest Projects showcase. Thank you so much for your support and as always we appreciate you taking the time to share our work with your friends and family, or even better encourage them to try out their first project and share it with us!

 

Wishing you all the best,

Sarah

Coolest Projects Celebrity Judges Video
Coolest Projects Celebrity Judges Video
Quote from Arpa in India
Quote from Arpa in India
Coolest Projects Highlights
Coolest Projects Highlights
Coolest Projects Video Entry
Coolest Projects Video Entry
Mr C & Xavier Digital Making at Home Presenters
Mr C & Xavier Digital Making at Home Presenters
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Digital Making at Home Launch video still

Hello Friend,


I hope this update is finding you in good spirits. As communities across the world come together to fight the spread of Coronavirus, CoderDojo clubs in 100s of countries have been closing too.  In this newsletter, I want to share some of the supports we have been implementing for the CoderDojo and Raspberry Pi Communities. 

As you might already know, CoderDojo is part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation family and is one of the major youth programmes to help young learners learn computing and digital making. Generally, we just share CoderDojo specific news with you, but these are rapidly changing times and we are working together to try and support as many young people, whether they are part of CoderDojo or not. The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s educational mission has never been more vital. We want to create a world where every young person, whatever their background or circumstances, can learn how to shape their world with digital technologies. 

Right now, over 1.5 billion young people aren’t able to access learning through schools or clubs due to the restrictions needed to stop the spread of the virus. Teachers and parents are doing their best to provide meaningful learning experiences at home and online. We have a responsibility and the ability to help.

We are taking four immediate actions to help millions of young people to learn at home through the crisis and we’re looking for financial and practical support to help us achieve impact at significant scale: 

  1. Delivering direct-to-student learning experiences
  2. Helping volunteers run virtual and online coding clubs
  3. Getting computers into the hands of children who don’t have one at home


Digital Making at Home - This week's theme is Games!

Based on user feedback we have designed new virtual and online learning experiences that launched on 30 March: Digital Making at Home. With our existing library of free online project resources (which are translated into up to 29 languages) as a foundation, we are producing easy-to-follow instructional videos that support different levels of skills and are led by members of our team. Each week we will set a theme that will inspire and engage young people to learn how to solve problems and express themselves creatively with technology. 

We are creating resources for young people aged 7–17 who are learning at home, independently or with their parents, carers, or siblings. Our projects use freely available online technologies like Scratch and Trinket to reduce barriers to participation. We will encourage and support young people to share and showcase their work on our website to help build community and give them a goal to work towards.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will iterate and develop the Digital Making at Home programme in response to user feedback. Our ambition is to run a wide range of direct-to-learner activities every week during the crisis (and beyond), including developing badges/accreditation and building community through sharing and showcasing of completed projects. 


Helping volunteers run virtual and online coding clubs

The Raspberry Pi Foundation supports the largest network of free coding clubs, with over 10,000 Code Clubs and CoderDojos reaching more than 250,000 young people on a regular basis. We have been delighted to see Dojos across the world setting up virtual clubs and sharing best practice via our Global Slack channel. 

We are supporting the clubs that are unable to meet in person during the pandemic to move to virtual and online approaches. This includes providing training and support to CoderDojo champions, Code Club organisers, educators, and volunteers. We are working with our network of 40 international partners to help them support the clubs in their regions. 

We are also supporting organisations and individuals who have never previously been involved in our networks of clubs, and who want to contribute to online learning during the crisis. This includes providing free resources, support with handling issues like safeguarding, and effective design and delivery of online learning experiences. 


Access to hardware 

We know that a significant proportion of young people don’t have access to a computer for learning at home. We are working with partners and donors in the UK to get Raspberry Pi Desktop Kits distributed for free to these children. The Desktop Kits include everything except a screen (computer, keyboard, mouse, power supply, cables, beginners guide) and are designed to be used with any household TV. The Raspberry Pi desktop computers have wireless connectivity and come with a bundle of free educational software and materials included so that they can also be used offline if necessary. 


Get involved 

Everything we do is made possible thanks to an incredible network of partners and supporters. We have been overwhelmed (in a good way) by offers of help from existing and new partners since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Here are some of the ways that you can get involved right now: 

Share what we’re doing with your audiences and networks. We need as many people as possible to know that we are offering free, meaningful learning experiences for millions of young people. Please help us spread the word. Feel free to circulate this note to anyone who would find it useful or interesting. Amplify our communications on social media. 

Share your expertise and time. We regularly mobilise tens of thousands of volunteers all over the world to run computing clubs and other activities for young people. We are supporting clubs to continue to run virtually and online. We also need more help with translation of our learning resources. If you have expertise and time to share, get in touch. 

As always, we will be sharing stories from the CoderDojo community over on our blog so do pop by and check out some of the latest stories, from free online courses to news from Vasu our Community Coordinator supporting Dojos across India.

Wishing you all the best from CoderDojo and Raspberry Pi Foundation,

Sarah

 

Young creator making at home
Young creator making at home
Virtual club session being advertised on social
Virtual club session being advertised on social
Safeguarding guidance for clubs moving online
Safeguarding guidance for clubs moving online

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Happy New Year!


As we lay the groundwork for the year ahead, we’d like to take this opportunity to recognise some great moments that you have helped support around the world. CoderDojo’s grassroots, volunteer-led movement of free clubs is now into its eight-year of existence. In that short time, hundreds of thousands of learners have brought their ideas to life with technology in free coding clubs in 111 countries (and counting)!

Highlights from the community

Throughout the year we’ve been asking the community to share their favourite moments from 2019 via the #CoderDojoStories and some great stories have been pouring in.

  • CoderDojo Belgium shared the story of a youth mentor, Bryan, who has started his own Dojo and begun a graduate degree in Computer Science! 
  • Chinedum from the Maitam Dojo gave a shout-out to three of his ninjas who received nominations in our Boo Challenge Competition. What a great achievement!
  • Well done to the Ninjas from the Altona North Dojo, who presented projects at the Monash Maker Faire in Melbourne — what a great learning opportunity. Thanks to STEMDownUnder for the share!
  • Adele shared some great pictures from the launch of the Aversa Dojo in Italy, featuring a range of activities from unplugged games to robotics.
  • Seven Ninjas from the Timisoara Dojo traveled to Moscow for a special event that brought biology and programming together. It’s fantastic to see Dojos taking a multi-disciplinary approach.

Supporting a growing community

At the Foundation our role is to provide the support structures to help this community continue to flourish. If you want to know more about the nuts and bolts check out in our penultimate quarterly report in the link below. 

One of the major challenges we will be addressing is helping this wonderful community to stay, excited, inspired and resilient. Being a volunteer is a huge commitment and gift to local communities. We will continue to connect community members via our live webinars to inspire and inform each other, there will be more meetups and Coolest Projects Technology fairs and case studies and articles such as the two below:

  • Check out our case study with Ms. Sofia. Ms. Sofia is tackling real-life issues with code in India to keep her young learners inspired and eager to tackle the next challenge. 
  • A common challenge is keeping young people engage in clubs as they enter their teenage years. We’ve written an article on how to continue challenging older Ninjas by helping them complete the move from block to text programming, which you can check out at our main news page.

The year ahead has lots more excitement in store, foundation staff and Ninjas in clubs around the world have their sights set on three great Technology Fairs. Coolest Projects events will be kicking off in the USA in March, in the UK in April culminating in the big International showcase in Dublin, Ireland in June. We can't wait to see what great projects this year's participants have in store for us!

For now, bye and thanks for your support on behalf of 2,131 Dojos worldwide and the team at the Foundation!

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