CoderDojo? Ok, I hear you screaming “what on earth is that?” Let me tell you a little about what it’s all about, then I’ll get the the nitty gritty.
All I ask is for about 30 minutes of your time right now.
CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people aged 7-17. CoderDojo puts an emphasis on self motivated learning through project work, peer to peer mentoring and the creation of socially innovative projects.
At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught at by volunteers. Dojos organise tours of technology companies, bring in guest speakers to talk about their career and what they do, and organise events. In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and so on. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable, kick ass experience. CoderDojo also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software, and has a strong network of members and volunteers globally.
CoderDojo has just one rule: “Above All: Be Cool”
So, there you have it in a very short summary. Now I ask you to watch the video above. (15 minutes)
I think you’ll agree there’s something special about CoderDojo.
Now how do we get Kilmovee CoderDojo off the ground?
I need you!
I’ve been busy getting as much information and learning as much as I can over the last few days, but to be honest this is an idea I had possibly as much as a year back, but for some reason I shelved it… and I will go into the detail of why I decided to go for it this time in my editors blog later this month.
What will the Dojo need to get off the ground? Members, Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsorship and a suitable Venue…
Young people from 7 – 17 years of age
Mentors – What is a CoderDojo Mentor?
A mentor is a technically skilled individual who guides Dojo attendees and facilitates
their learning and project work during the sessions. Mentors usually have a preferred
area and expertise within which they like to work (eg. HTML, Python etc.) and this can
influence the topics covered in the Dojo.
Mentors facilitate young people’s learning at a Dojo. Rather than lecturing and having
a top down teaching attitude mentors are there to encourage the young people to
explore technology and develop their own unique projects!
Dojos are always looking for technically skilled mentors to help out, for a couple of
hours a week, helping to share their knowledge with local young people.
Whether you are a pro at Python, can write HTML blindfolded or love tinkering with
hardware like Raspberry Pis and robotics, your knowledge and experience would be
welcome at any Dojo!
Volunteering at a Dojo is an incredibly rewarding experience, and many mentors
are surprised at how much they learn and gain from the experience! It gives you
an opportunity to directly help and impact kids to learn how to code and create with
Can I volunteer if I’m not technical?
Yes! Dojos are always looking for volunteers to help with a wide array of tasks, from registration and administration through to keeping their website up to date. You should get in touch with your local Dojo if you have skills that you think could help. You can also support beginner attendees with the basic languages like Scratch and HTML and learn with the young people!
Some examples of non-mentoring roles for volunteers:
• Registration & check in
• Producing fliers
• Updating the website/social media etc
• Helping support general Dojo activities
• Youth outreach to attract youth
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A mentor is a technically skilled individual who guides Dojo attendees and facilitates their learning and project work during the sessions. Mentors usually have a preferred area and expertise within which they like to work (eg. HTML, Python etc.) and this can influence the topics covered in the Dojo.
A volunteer is an individual who helps with administration and related services. Parents of regular attendees and non technical individuals who want to help out often work in Dojos. It is also not uncommon for volunteers to learn the basics of Scratch and be able to work with beginners as a mentor. [/symple_box]
Will need to have Internet access, desks, space and be free (or virtually free to hire)
This will be needed to pay for insurance, venue hire costs and any equipment that might be needed, sponsorship can come in any form, from advice, donating a premises to equipment or financial.
What do young people learn at Dojos?
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And Much More…
This is just to start, I have set up a facebook page, a twitter account @kilmoveehub, a dedicated email address [email protected] and Junior Hub website will launch very soon too. please get in touch and like the facebook page and/or follow us on twitter, for this to succeed all aspects and some generosity are needed, more soon, thanks for your attention. Why not start something special?
Mentors & volunteers can fill out this quick form to register your interest
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