What Kids Learn at CoderDojo
Some of the technology we teach at our Dojos
CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer led, global movement of coding clubs (Dojos) for young people between 7 and 17. CoderDojo is a wholly not-for-profit community and all Dojos are free of any charges to all participants. Each Dojo is a local, independent club that follows the CoderDojo Charter. Founded in 2011 in Ireland, there are now 750+ Dojos in 59 countries. There are 103 Dojos in the UK.
Our vision is the world where every child has the opportunity to learn about technology for free and be creative in a safe and social environment.
We encourage and facilitate our community to share their learning experiences, resources, and knowledge and give participants, mentors, and parents a sense of community for life.
Corporate hosts or others venue provides suitable space free of charge Organiser (‘champion’) may be on corporate staff or emerge from local community Technology volunteers (‘mentors’) give their time and expertise Children bring a parent or carer and a laptop They learn coding, digital making and valuable ‘soft’ skills Dojos range from 15 kids up to 100+ Learning materials available free from CoderDojo knowledge base (‘Kata’) and other open sources Typically held monthly on weekend afternoon, but timing is at discretion of the host, champion, and mentors.
The UK is facing a chronic skills shortage in STEM subjects. Computing and digital skills are no exceptions! Eric Schmidt Executive Chairman and Former CEO of Google "The country that invented the computer is throwing away its great computer heritage by failing to teach programming in schools. I was flabbergasted to learn that today computer science isn't even taught as standard in UK schools. "Your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it's made." Almost half (45%) of UK businesses are experiencing an “extensive” shortage of IT talent, which is hampering productivity, according to research by IT skills and training body CompTIA. There’s a lost generation of young people who can use technology, but don’t know how to create it Computer Science and programming only entered the National Curriculum for schools in England & Wales in September 2014 Industries are struggling to find enough technology skilled staff Inspires young coders to aspire to be the next generation of professional coders Coding is the language of the future
Our movement is inclusive of everyone regardless of background, race or culture Making a difference - freedom of expression to deal with life’s challenges and help others by sharing.
Dyslexic Alphabet Game – Game Developed by two dyslexic brothers to help them with learning the Alphabet Maths Game – Developed by 11-year-old boy to help his sister and himself learn their number bonds Anti-Bullying Quiz - Built by 12-year-old girl, A quiz designed to teach children what to do if they are dealing with bullies Fix my Pothole - Built by John - Helps communities to notify their councils about the locations of potholes in the area School Exclusion – Louis 11 was excluded from class with his grades were slipping – found Coder Dojo gateway to finding his focus - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-31841902
Currently 30% of Dojo attendees are girls
Dojos struggle to attract girls aged 12-16
Stereotyping and unconscious biases discourage girls from choosing STEM subjects
Girls only sessions aim to build up young girls’ confidence
Making the learning relevant to girls
Showcase positive female role models
Appeal to their creative sides.
In 2013 women made up 14% of all computer science graduates – down from 36% in 1984
New York Times, 31 May 2014
Our aim is for Dojo attendees to reflect an equal split
Eventually, we hope that girl-specific interventions will become unnecessary
Children participating in CoderDojo learn a mixture of hard and soft skills including:
Mentors are tech-savvy individuals who love to code!
Mentors do not have to be programmers
Mentors plan and facilitate the Dojo sessions
Mentors encourage teamwork and collaboration
Volunteers who help with registration, social media, emails or admin.
Our dojos are entirely run by tech savvy mentors and champions. We run regular dojos (code clubs) for young people age 7 to 17.
Support New Hosts and Venues. Help with planning, logistics, promotion and ticketing Advice on room set-up and choice of activities Supply of coding project materials for different levels of ability Provision of experienced mentors to help lead initial sessions
Our sponsors and partners play a vital role in promoting CoderDojo movement by providing spaces and volunteer employees.