DCU member’s coolest project rocks UK education

A collaboration by Intel, eSkills and CoderDojo has resulted in a UK GCSE course which teaches algorithms. This course is a little different and hopefully a little cooler as CoderDojo DCU member Catrina Carrigan inspired it.

Catrina joined CoderDojo DCU shortly after it was founded in July 2012 and after only a few months of programming HTML, CSS and little JavaScript, Catrina developed this really fun project for the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards (www.coolestprojects.org) that effectively enabled you to create your own rock group from the comfort of the internet. The idea was a music instrument website teaching you how to play a piano, guitar and drums. This website just rocked and it was a lot of fun for everyone around as Catrina developed her website getting the notes to play and the drums to beat. After the Coolest Projects Awards I reflected on the contribution, learning opportunities and excitement of this project and felt other members would benefit from this so I asked Catrina could we create a game Piano Rock Star based on her project.

Catrina at the web summit launch last year
Catrina at the web summit launch last year

Fast forward to January 2013 when we were invited to brain storing session with Intel UK on content for a short ICT course for UK education. Immediately I thought of Piano Rock Star of how the game would relate to all students while also providing key programming principles including algorithms, objects, loops, function and variables. Intel (www.intel.co.uk) and eSkills(http://e-skills.com) loved the idea and we working on developing this short course since.

More details can be found here
http://www.e-skills.com/news-and-events/january-2014/new-coding-topic-for-gcse-students-developed-by-intel-and-coderdojo-through-e-skills-uk/

Phase 1 of the course is available
http://www.behindthescreen.org.uk/projects/code-with-intel-and-coderdojo/

At CoderDojo, we always like to spread across learning boundaries and when you create a project that you can personalise to people’s interests – in this case learning how to program a fun game that also teaches you how to play your favourite song on an instrument. This can really engage people in tech at a creative and exciting level, and they want to learn more. This is what Catrina achieved and why we are so proud of her project and the inspiration she has generated from it.

We want to thank Intel and e-Skills for all their great work over the last year defining and creating this exciting and cool course.

Happy Christmas & New Year from CoderDojoDCU

Hi all,

CoderDojoDCU are taking a break until January 11th. We wish you all a very happy Christmas & best wishes for 2014. Thank you for joining us at CoderDojoDCU. Its been an exciting year. We’re looking forward to a bigger and more exciting 2014!

Special thanks to all our volunteers over the past year who made CoderDojoDCU special 🙂

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Coolest Projects 2014 – Be creative and you will amaze

We are delighted to announce the CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards is coming back for 2014 and will run next June.

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This event is all about the members and we created it to encourage the innovators of the future who attend CoderDojo. The key ethos for the event is for the members to take what is being learned in CoderDojo to a new creative level, a level that we could not have imagined.  With this we challenge you to participate in Coolest Projects Awards 2014.  This a really cool opportunity to come up with an idea you are passionate about, develop it, then come to Coolest Projects awards and wow other members.

With over 60 projects and nearly 500 hundred attendees 2013 was awesome.   This year members, mentors and parents were inspired and amazed by the projects, so keep being creative. There some really exciting projects presented from a cooking game in scratch, to a website teaching you CoderDojo, to a website about famous people, to an app that thought Irish, to a games engine.   We can’t wait to see what you come up next year.

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Keep an eye out on Coolest Projects website http://coolestprojects.org and @coolestprojects for updates.

 

Code EU Week CoderDojo Rally Cry

This is CoderDojo Rally Cry for Code EU week from the 25th to the 30th of November.  We are looking for CoderDojo members everywhere to get involved, code and teach others to code.    As part of our participation in Code EU we felt that CoderDojo could do more than participate as we code every week.  So this challenge is to every CoderDojo member out there to help us build our new website for Code EU http://www.learntocode.eu.

This website is the brain child of CoderDojo DCU member Niamh.  Niamh’s project was to create a website which taught others, including CoderDojo members, how to code. This was a great social orientated project entered in this years CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards that wowed and impressed so many of the attendees. Great idea Niamh and what a project to share with all CoderDojo members.

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Niamh at CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards

So this is CoderDojo’s challenge to you, register at www.learntocode.eu and during Code EU week login and using HTML & CSS code or just write free text to share with others what cool code and techniques you have learned.  Every member who registers will get a section on the webpage to  make their own.  So we are really looking forward to the creative learning output you create.  The website allows members register / login and

  • Add HTML code where they can teach others what they have learned at CoderDojo
  • Members can write about any language to teach others
  • Add CSS to style their HTML and make it look cool
  • Once saved, their lessons would be appear on the webpage
  • These lessons will help others to start coding, CoderDojo style

We are hoping hundreds of CoderDojo members from all over will get involved and teach others how to code.  It would be really cool If this website created by you teaches a range of languages from Scratch to HTML to Java.  It’s all about sharing your knowledge and passion.  We also welcome foreign languages too and I am not talking about C++.

A cool part of the CoderDojo ethos is to give back and share with others what you have learned at CoderDojo.   This is an unique opportunity to share your insight and knowledge with the global development community and inspire others to start coding.

Well done Niamh and thanks for your amazing contribution to teaching programming all over Europe. Can’t wait to see how CoderDojo members help extend your idea.  

We will pick 5 cool entries on the website and send you a CoderDojo T-Shirt and stickers.  So get coding and share.

#WeAreHere CoderDojoGirls & Women In Tech

CoderDojoGirls are delighted to join 6 other girl coding organisations for a must attend event for women in technology in Ireland – investors, entrepreneurs, engineers, developers, marketers, and designers focused on connecting and collaborating.

Find out about the different women in tech groups that can help support you and your business. This event is open to men and women, techies and entrepreneurs.
Who: Ireland Girl Geek Dinners, Coding Grace, DigiWomen, AskATon, WITS, PyLadies and Coder Dojo Girls
What: Collaborative introductory event within the space of tech, digital, science and entrepreneurship.

When: 28th of November 2013, 6 pm
Where: The Church, Junction of Mary St & Jervis St, Dublin 1
Why: Because we ARE here. Come meet us, learn what we do and how we can work together to better the spaces of tech, digital, science and entrepreneurship.
Get your tickets here

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CoderDojo DCU member coolest project goes European

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Learn to Code EU Week is a European initiative to encourage coding, running from the 25th to the 30th of November. More details can be found at http://codeweek.eu. CoderDojo is supporting this initiative.

This event was introduced to me by Prof Brian MacCraith of DCU, he was wondering how could we at CoderDojo DCU participate in this European wide coding event. Honestly this wracked my brain for the following couple of hours, I was excited by the concept. But how could we get kids from all over CoderDojo to code together? What would they program? So many different interests? Most dojos have not conceived the concept of code sharing.

I then remembered a Coolest Projects Awards (www.coolestprojects.org) entry this year from Niamh. Niamh’s project was to create a website which taught others, including CoderDojo members, how to code. This was a great social orientated project that really aligned with the CoderDojo ethos to share the knowledge you gain. What a great idea from one our youngest members, but that was what Coolest Projects is all about. I just had a feeling then that this project was going to go beyond coolest projects and impact a greater audience than those who attended. So seeing Niamh’s project idea extended to take part in a European coding initiative is something at CoderDojo DCU we are very proud of.

Thanks to Niamh we had the project concept sorted and it was now time for us to extend this and allow members from all over Europe contribute what they are learning at CoderDojo. Next challenge was to come up with a domain to launch this CoderDojo European initiative. After a night of restless sleep and hours of brain storming learntocode.eu was born. Domain bought, was time to launch the webpage.

The website would now allow members register / login and

  • Add HTML code where they can teach others what they have learned at CoderDojo
  • Members can write code to teach any language
  • Add CSS to style their HTML
  • Once saved, their lessons would be appear on the webpage
  • These lessons will help others to start coding, CoderDojo style

We are hoping hundreds of CoderDojo members from all over Europe will get involved and teach others how to code.

Well done Niamh and thanks for your amazing contribution to teaching programming all over Europe.

http://learntocode.eu

So this is the rally call to all CoderDojo members out there for Code EU week, sign up at http://learntocode.eu and start sharing, we can’t wait to see what you achieve.

October Bank Holiday

CoderDojo are taking a break for the Bank Holiday on October 26th. We’ll be back on November 2nd!
Tickets for November 2nd will be available from Monday 21st October at 7pm at the usual url for CoderDojoGirls http://coderdojogirls.eventbrite.ie

and CoderDojoDCU for mixed sessions
http://coderdojodcu.eventbrite.ie

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We’re back!

Hi All,

We’re back in DCU on Saturday 21st! Also, we are reverting to our previous times:

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Session [email protected] http://coderdojodcu.eventbrite.ie/
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See you all on the 21st!
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Break

Hi all,

We are taking a two week break following on from the Coolest Project Awards. We return on the 21st of September.

Please keep an eye on our Google group or twitter for updates on times.

https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/coderdojo-dcu or follow us on twitter @coderdojodcu

Kind Regards,
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