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What is CoderDojo?

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, open coding clubs (Dojos) for young people aged 7 to 17 (Ninjas), where they can explore technology with the support of their fellow …

Where to go after year one

Once your Dojo has gotten past the ‘getting started’ phase and you’ve got some Ninjas who are really getting into coding, you should make some small tweaks to how you …

Showcasing case study: Trivalley Dojo, USA

Valerie started the Trivalley Dojo over five years ago with her then twelve year old son. Since then the Dojo has grown from strength to strength, running weekly in four …

Using learning resources in your Dojo

I recommend using learning resources, including the ones I write, at your Dojo to simplify the planning and running of the sessions. These materials are tried and tested, and they …

Recap and preview

Congratulations, that’s Week 2 completed! You’ve learned about: Who will be at your Dojo, and what roles they’ll play The importance of building a team, and where you can find …

Safeguarding in your Dojo

Dojos should be safe and inclusive environments for young people to learn about technology. This means ensuring all young people feel like the Dojo is a place where they can …

Working with young people

This section contains some general advice for working with young people. You must ensure that you have investigated the requirements and laws regarding adults working with young people in your …

Try out a Sushi Card

In order to reduce the workload for yourself and your mentors, you should make use of educational resources at your Dojo instead of trying to come up with projects yourselves, …

Finding a venue

Your Dojo needs somewhere to take place! Most Dojo champions locate venues that meet the Dojo’s needs and that the owners are willing to make available for free. Venue requirements …

Building your team

Running a Dojo alone is possible, but it’s a lot of work! Having support is great, and how many other volunteers you need will depend on the size of your …

Dojo members

Who are the people who make up the community of your Dojo? What roles do they play? Read on and find out! Ninjas Young people aged 7 to 17 attending …

Recap and preview

That’s it for Week 1! Let’s look over what we’ve covered, and look forward to what’s in store for you in Week 2. This week you learned about: What coding …

Register your Dojo

The first step in your journey to becoming a CoderDojo champion is to register your Dojo on the CoderDojo website. You should do so now, even if your Dojo is …

The champion’s handbook

In the CoderDojo champion’s handbook, we’ve collected information a CoderDojo champion will need to know to run a Dojo. You can download it here for free! Most of the topics …

The worldwide CoderDojo community

The CoderDojo movement is an international community of people working to share their knowledge of, and passion for, technology. You’re now a member of that community, and there are lots …