The CoderDojo ethos
- One rule: be cool! — Behave well towards your fellow Dojo members.
- Inclusive and free — Everyone is welcome at a Dojo, and can attend free of charge.
- Informal and fun — Dojos should have a lively social atmosphere.
- Open source — The movement is open, and built by the shared efforts of its members.
- Collaboration and teamwork — Working together is core to the Dojo experience.
- Changemaking — Ninjas are encouraged to improve their communities with what they learn.
One rule: be cool!The oldest of CoderDojo’s principles should be introduced to all Dojo attendees. In short, it means that we should behave well towards each other.
“Helping, sharing, supporting, encouraging, cooperating, and being kind are all very cool. Bullying, lying, time-wasting, and disrupting the Dojo are all considered uncool.”
Bill Liao, CoderDojo co-founder
Inclusive and free
“I love being a part of an organization that is truly and deeply altruistic. CoderDojo is genuine in its efforts to reach and motivate youth of all backgrounds and circumstances.”
David Welch, Dojo champion, Iowa, USA
Informal and fun
Collaboration and teamwork
Teams members do not have to be of the same age or ability: mix it up and give everyone a chance to learn and grow with group collaboration! If possible, try to ensure that groups are not restricted to one gender so that young people can work across genders. Diversity within teams is a known catalyst for innovative thinking and creativity. Moreover, girls and women are underrepresented in STEM classes, courses, and job sectors, and encouraging girls to become mentors is a strong catalyst for more girls to engage in CoderDojo. If they have female role models, girls are much more likely to explore their interest in technology and coding and consider a STEM career path.“It’s so satisfying to watch the children enjoy what we teach them and see them interact with and learn from each other.”
Vicky Hogan, Dojo mentor, Wexford, Ireland
ChangemakingNinjas should be encouraged to work on themes and projects of direct interest to them. Projects that have a positive social, environmental, or community impact can be introduced to help Ninjas identify opportunities to influence and benefit the world around them. Besides learning teamwork and collaboration skills, Ninjas are encouraged to present projects they’re working on in order to develop their communication and leadership skills.
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