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: firstname.lastname@example.org We look forward to you joining us!
– Declan and the CoderDojo Athenry Mentors.