A 17-year-old kid is here to teach you how to make The Force Awakens BB-8 droid. While it may not be a real-life AI-powered droid, the engineering prodigy Angelo Casimiro has done a commendable job.
You can make this life-size BB-8 robot at home and control it with a free iPhone app. To cut down the cost, Angelo used paper mache to make the central sphere and topped it with a styrofoam head. Overall, this adorable BB-8 robot is made from just $100 worth of parts.
Place: Bank of Ireland, Grand Canal Square,Docklands, Dublin
Who: Educators, entrepreneurs, developers and designers come together to tackle challenges in education and learning. Only one weekend to create a product to solve problems for schools and colleges, students and parents, and all of us, lifelong learners.
The winner may just have a real shot at getting education-focused company off of the ground, so come join us!
[Note for mentors: 50% Discount on the €40 price available, contact Sandra for code]
Irish CoderDojo youth members will once again have the opportunity to showcase their awesome projects at the Dublin Web Summit in the RDS from 3rd – 5th November! There will also be an opportunity for Ninjas to see talks from the speaker lineup during the day and experience Irelands largest tech event firsthand.
The deadline for applications for the Web Summit 2015 is approaching fast and there are limited spaces available! CoderDojo Ninjas have until 12 midnight (GMT) on October 20th to apply to showcase their projects at the event.
We had an amazing day in Brussels on Wednesday 30th September at the EUDojo. This was the second time the event has been run, and we were delighted that out of the 30 odd ninjas attending (5 from Ireland), 2 were from Dun Laoghaire, and both Max and Neri did us proud, with Neri presenting a project on the day!
It was a very early start, leaving home at 4 am for a 6.40 am flight from Dublin Airport. Mentors Ossian Smyth (Max’s dad @smytho) and Toby Mole @TobyMole and myself (Sandra Maguire @SandraMaguire) were delighted to have the opportunity to assist on the day. Sean Kelly MEP was our host in the European Parliament, and he greeted us at the European Parliament, which is a really stunning set of buildings. We put on our official t-shirts, had lunch, and then headed into a truly spectacular room to get set up for our CoderDojo session.
The word was out, and before long a number of MEPs arrived, anxious to find out what they could learn about coding from a crowd of young people who aren’t even old enough to vote! I think it’s fair to say that they were very impressed, very very quickly!
The sponsors were Liberty Global, Microsoft, SAP, Salesforce and Google – and it was a great opportunity for the ninjas to show how they are addressing real world problems from such a young age – people in very senior positions were utterly blown away by the clever ideas from ninjas so very much younger than them!
Our session went on until 3 pm, after which we wandered over to the famous “Manneken Pis” statue and had a quick look around the beautiful old town of Brussels. All too soon it was time to head back to the airport for our return flight home. It’s hard to put into words how incredible a day it was, watching kids from different countries being brought together by a love of coding, but hopefully the photographs below will give you a flavour of an incredibly special day!
P.S. We weren’t able to get back in time for the Wednesday evening session of course, so many thanks to Francis Reed (@francisreed) for sharing details of the day with the group in our absence!
Aine Behan of Cortechs has forwarded information for anyone who wants to follow up on last week’s session by purchasing the game and headset:
We have limited places available to get access to our first game at an Early Bird discounted price. Normally we would be charging €150 for the game and headset, but we are making it available to you, the Elite, for just €80!!!
So what are you getting?
Cortechs’ first ever 2D runner game called ‘Zip and the Misty Mountain’ where you, the user, will use your powers of focus and relaxation to access special powerful moves (see Zip below!)
Your very own brainwave sensing Neurosky headset
You become part of our Exclusive Cortechs Community, where you will be first to be notified as our games and platforms become available
You will also be the first invited to be part of any Coding Event to work with us and our in-house Game Developers on our future games
And what do you need?
Android Tablet with Bluetooth
€80 (plus €7 P+P)
The power of focus and meditation to get Zip to the top of the mountain
An AAA Battery for your headset…..and you’re good to go!
Reply to me by Monday 15th June at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know if you’d like to avail of this offer
We’ll send you out an invoice and info on how to pay
The game is launching later this month and we’ll send you a code to redeem your game and can deliver your headset to you by post.