CoderDojo Athenry will be holding all sessions online until further notice.

New members are always welcome: just fill out the form at the bottom of the page to let us know which group you would like to join.

Ninjas from 7 to 17 are welcome to join us. Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who stays in the same room as them for the full session.

For the 2020/2021 season, we have the following groups delivering online sessions for CoderDojo Athenry:

EXPLORERS: for young kids (must know how to read) Learn Scratch! program your own interactive stories, games, and animations. Scratch helps kids to learn to think creatively and reason systematically.

ADVANCERS: for kids ready to move on from Explorers, features more advanced projects in Scratch and some other technologies.

BODGERS: for kids who have done Scratch and want to move on to a more advanced coding language. We’ll use Python to create our own animations and games like those being created in both Scratch groups and we’ll be experimenting with cool online emulators for BBC Micro Bit and the Raspberry Pi Sense Hat.

MODELLERS: running for its second year. As last year, will be using the free 3D modelling software Blender (https://www.blender.org/) to create and build 3D models. We’ll look at modelling, texturing, rendering and maybe even video creation. We will be starting again from the basics, so beginners are welcome.

HACKERS: for teenagers in secondary school who have plenty of past technical experience in CoderDojo. They use teamwork and collaboration to come up with ideas for challenging projects, and they tackle the projects using of skills they have developed in other CoderDojo groups and new skills they acquire during the year. This year, they will work on software projects.

Hackers will not start until the new year, we would advise any ninjas interested in joining the Hackers group who don’t have any text based programming skills to join the Bodgers, Ninjas with text based programming experience are free to join either the Modellers or the Bodgers.

You will need a laptop and a good internet connection. A second screen, a tablet or phone or access to a printer would also be helpful as some groups will be providing worksheets that the ninjas would be able to read from as they input their code.


We post notes from a lot of our projects and games on this blog. Anybody anywhere who wishes to re-use them is welcome to do so.

Contact us with any questions: coderdojoathenry@gmail.com We look forward to you joining us!
– Declan and the CoderDojo Athenry Mentors.



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    • Hi Liz;
      There will be an Information and Registration Session on Saturday 27 Sept 2014 at 12:00 in the school. Normal CoderDojo sessions, including Beginners Scratch, will start two weeks later on 11 October. If you can’t attend on 27 Sept, you can register on hte first day that you attend.

  4. Thanks mike I stupidly missed the registration date, but he will be there 11october he has friend coming with him so that’s Evan fowler and Findlay budge thanks so much, Liz

  5. Hi there,

    I’m a mentor in Malahide Coderdojo and we are trying to run a forge Minecraft modding. I’m trying to get the course material together but when I tried to run it, it got very caught up in the setting up and everything and I don’t think the kids really got what I hoped they would out of it. I was wondering if you had any insights or tips yourself from running the course or anything you could recommend. I think once I get to the java it will be ok but struggling a bit right now.

    Thanks for any help you can give,

  6. Hi
    I am just enquiring as to who i can contact in relation to the possibility of a young child I am working with to link in and join your group?

    Caroline Shally
    Family Services,

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  8. Hi I have a 8 year old who is interested in joining in September how much is it per term and does a parent need to stay with the child thanks.

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    • We would be very pleased to have her involved! Please just come along on Saturday at 12:00, and fill out a registration form on the first day. There are no fees at any time. If there is a laptop in the family that she can use, please bring it along and our mentors will install any software needed.

  12. Hi my son is currently in the explorers but I think this is too easy for him. Will it be ok for him to move up to advancers and if so does he need to download any additional software
    Anne Marie

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  15. Hello I am just checking if you have any spaces left in the group and if the Young Person does not have a laptop can they still participate?

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