CoderDojo Athenry started for the 2018-2019 season on 15 September 2018. You can find the schedule of when we are running here: https://coderdojoathenry.org/schedule/

CoderDojo Athenry is held on Saturdays between 12:00 and 2pm in the main hall and other rooms of Clarin College in Athenry.

New members are always welcome: just come along on any Saturday, fill out a form, and join in. You should bring a laptop if you have one, or if possible arrange to share one with a friend, and feel free to bring a drink and/or snack also. We also have some loaner laptops available to borrow each week.

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 room for the full session. We have over 150 members in total, about 50/50 girls and boys.

For the 2018/19 season , we have the following groups in different rooms in CoderDojo Athenry:

  1. Explorers, led by Martha, is where people usually start; they learn how to progam in Scratch and how to use graphics packages and stop-motion animation
  2. Advancers, led by Oliver, features more advanced projects Scratch and some other technologies
  3. Creators, led by Kieran and Mark, involves games programming using languages such as JavaScript and may also cover game development in Unity
  4. Bodgers, led by Declan, involves digital making and physical computing using the Raspberry Pi and Arduino
  5. Hackers, led by Kevin and Michael, is a hacker space for CoderDojo Athenry, with more in-depth projects building on technologies learned in other groups, and involves 3D modelling, 3D printing, and soldering.

We encourage people to work through the groups in the order listed above, though you are welcome to start in one group and switch to a different one if you are not enjoying it. Hackers is for young people in secondary school who have plenty of past technical experience in CoderDojo.

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 are very grateful to our supporters:

  • Clarin College secondary school in Athenry and in particular the principal Ciaran Folan for all of their support and for hosting us every week.
  • Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board, who provide an annual youth club grant
  • Medtronic, who have provide an annual grant to CoderDojo Athenry organised by Declan Fox, to match Declan’s voluntary work as a mentor
  • Boston Scientific, who have provided us with the use of 3D printers
  • HP Enterprise, who provide the loaner laptops that our members use every week.

We look forward to you joining us!
– Michael and the CoderDojo Athenry Mentors.


CoderDojo Athenry acknowledges funding received from the Higher Education Authority IT Investment Fund, via the School of Computer Science in NUI Galway.



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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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