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Start a CoderDojo Club

Get support and advice on how to grow your confidence in coding and start a CoderDojo for young people in your area.

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Start a CoderDojo Club
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
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Learn how to set up a programming club for young people

In today’s world, technology is everywhere, so it’s never been more important to know how to code. It’s easier to learn these skills early on in life, which is why coding is a great subject for young people to learn.

CoderDojo is a volunteer-led community of free programming clubs for young people aged 7 to 17. This course will build your confidence in coding and help you to set up a CoderDojo in your local area.

You’ll find out how to teach young people how to build a website, create an app or a game, or explore technology in an informal, creative and social environment.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds In this course, you’ll learn about the CoderDojo movement of free coding clubs for young people and how you can set one up in your community. I’m Philip Harney, the Educational Content Lead for the CoderDojo Foundation, and I’ll be the lead educator for this course. 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. And I’m Ina Panayotova.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds 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. 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.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 seconds We’ll show you how to start a Dojo, build a team, plan your Dojo sessions, and run them in a fun and engaging way. We are looking forward to meeting you, and helping you get your Dojos up and running, and then seeing the amazing things that you and the young people in your community create.


  • Week 1

    Introducing you to CoderDojo

    • Welcome to the course

      Meet the CoderDojo Foundation team that will guide you on this course, and say hello to your fellow course participants.

    • What is coding, and why is it important?

      Discuss the reasons young people should learn to code, and learn how CoderDojo helps them do this.

    • Community & ethos

      How we work together in Dojos and in our community, and how we aim to impact the world.

    • Support for your Dojo

      Start using the tools provided by the CoderDojo Foundation to help you start your Dojo.

  • Week 2

    Putting together a Dojo

    • Getting ready

      Prepare to set up a Dojo with our step-by-step guide.

    • Educational resources

      Have a go at using one of the learning resources created by the CoderDojo Foundation for your Dojo sessions.

    • Ninjas

      Explore where to find Ninjas for your new Dojo, and how to work with them to create a safe and fun Dojo environment.

  • Week 3

    Your year ahead in CoderDojo

    • Planning your Dojo

      Explore how to run coding sessions, and what to plan for to keep your Dojo running successfully.

    • Developing your Dojo

      How to grow and develop your Dojo and its activities once you're up and running.

    • What's next?

      Find out what to keep in mind to ensure the continued success of your Dojo, and tell us what you think of this course!

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Engage with our resources to run a CoderDojo
  • Design their own plan to get a CoderDojo started
  • Identify what makes a great CoderDojo
  • Engage with the CoderDojo community

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone who wants to teach young people how to code.

What software or tools do you need?

You’ll need a web browser.

Who will you learn with?

Giustina joined the CoderDojo Foundation as the first employee in January 2013. Previously she managed the Irish operations of Dogpatch Labs, a co-working space for startup technology companies.

Philip makes educational content at the CoderDojo Foundation — part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation — producing projects for young people to work on as well as guides and courses for volunteers.

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

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