Coder Dojo is a free, open learning environment where kids learn to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more with help from volunteers mentors. Started two years ago in Ireland, there are now CoderDojos around the world.
An enthusiastic group of volunteers is organizing a Twin Cities CoderDojo which will launch mid April 2013. The spring mini-season will be four Saturdays in a row. A way cool space is being donated by Clockwork. (Thanks!)
CoderDojo makes learning to code a fun, sociable experience in a supportive, welcoming environment for both new and experienced coders. CoderDojo also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software.
Update 10-1-2013 CoderDojoTC has been welcoming kids for 6 months now -- over 800 kids so far! We've moved operations from Clockwork to the University of MN campus (STSS building) and are meeting every other Saturday. There are 8 groups: Scratch, Web, Arduino, Games/Graphics with Unity, Linux systems, Ruby, Python and Mobile App Development. Here's the schedule and sign up information. Kudos to our fantastic volunteers and mentors for making CoderDojoTC a huge success.
For the Twin Cities Coder Dojo, we'll need:
- Code Learners: We need parents and their interested kids.
- Mentors: If you have the ability to help kids learn programming, we want to meet you.
- Volunteers: Not a crack coder? No problem! We also need help organizing and running sessions.
- Laptops: We are asking coders to bring their own, but want to have some on hand so we can welcome kids who don't have access to a laptop.
Please visit the Twin Cities Coder Dojo website to sign up as a mentor, volunteer or participant. Space in each CoderDojo session is limited to ensure a good experience for all, but we plan to expand the number of Dojo sites to meet the demand. You can also follow (@CoderDojoTC) on Twitter, join the CoderDojoTC Google group.. You may also contact
- Matt Gray on Twitter or via e-mail: Matt@CoderDojoTC.org
- Rebecca Schatz on Twitter or e-mail: Rebecca@CodeSavvy.org
great article with a 10 Minute Video of Coder Dojo in Dublin, that includes interviews with many of the kids and the young founder of the movement. "I was struck by their focus, their hunger for knowledge and their desire to build great products, but ultimately by how much fun they were having."
There's just one rule: “Above All: Be Cool“, bullying, lying, wasting people’s time and so on is uncool. Here's more of the Dojo philosophy, from their Start a Dojo right now page: