Skip to 0 minutes and 3 secondsHello, and welcome to the course. I'm Philip Harney, the Educational Content Lead for the CoderDojo Foundation, and I'll be the lead educator for this course. I write learning resources to help young people develop their coding skills. We'll be talking more about those in weeks two and three. Over the past six years, I've been a Dojo founder, champion, and mentor, and it's been a brilliant experience for me. I'm looking forward to helping you start out on that same journey. I'm Giustina Mizzoni, the Executive Director of the CoderDojo Foundation. I've been involved in the CoderDojo movement for over five years. I joined the Foundation as the first employee working with the co-founder James Whelton to get it up and running.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 secondsAnd I'm Ina Panayotova. I'm a mentor in CoderDojo and I'm in my second year of computer science in University College Cork. I've been coding with my younger brothers for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to join the world's first Dojo when I was 13, in 2012. At the start, I was simply a Ninja helping out mentors. And before I knew it, I found myself mentoring one-on-one, then moving on to teaching small groups, and eventually entire classes without realising it. I was involved in starting many new clubs around Cork, and even helping out at a few in Dublin as well.

Skip to 1 minute and 13 secondsThis course will introduce you to the CoderDojo movement, take you through the process of setting up a Dojo, putting together a team, finding a venue, picking up projects for the Dojo, and planning your first session. In short, we're going to help you become a CoderDojo champion. This course is for anyone, no matter their level of technical skill, who is passionate about helping young people in their community develop their skills and creativity with technology. You don't need to know how to code yet, or have any sort of technology background. You just need a passion for the CoderDojo mission, and the drive to make things happen. Many non-technical champions have run successful Dojos for years.

Skip to 1 minute and 51 secondsIt's also a great opportunity to share your ideas so we can all learn from them and build on them. Throughout the course, you'll notice that you can add comments and join discussions on every page. We encourage you to do so. We'll be keeping an eye on the comments and answering all your questions. CoderDojo is built on shared ideas and principles that the community have improved on over the years, and it's never too soon to start contributing.

Welcome to Week 1

Welcome to the first week of the Start a CoderDojo club course — your first step in creating a Dojo to help young people in your community learn to code! I’m excited to be working with you as we move through the steps of understanding coding and CoderDojo this week, then to putting together a Dojo and a team in Week 2, and finally to how to run it this year and beyond in Week 3.

Throughout, please join in the discussions that you’ll find at the bottom of the page to share your thoughts and questions. CoderDojo is a community movement, and every lesson and piece of advice in this course originally comes from a community member like you. We’re always excited to hear new views and insights — who knows, your ideas might end up in an updated version of this course!

This week we’ll be looking at:

  • What coding is, and why learning to code matters
  • The history of CoderDojo
  • Why young people attend CoderDojo clubs, and the kinds of cool projects they make there
  • What CoderDojo’s underlying principles and beliefs are
  • How to connect with the worldwide CoderDojo community
  • Where you can go for support and advice for your club

Let’s get started!

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