Attend the BT Young Scientist with CoderDojo this year!?

For the fourth year in a row there will be an interactive CoderDojo Booth at the BT Young Scientist event (11th – 14th Jan 2017). CoderDojo is looking for CoderDojo Ninjas from across the Republic of Ireland to showcase the awesome projects that they’ve made at CoderDojo for one or more of these days (either the 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th of January) at the booth! They will be looking for more people on the 11th and 12th to attend, so keep that in mind when filling out the applications.

Showcase your cool Project!

CoderDojo is are looking for Ninjas, living in Ireland, to apply to bring projects that they’ve made at CoderDojo to display at the CoderDojo Booth! The projects don’t have to be categorised and any cool project made at CoderDojo is eligible for application. If your project is selected you will be invited to showcase it for one of the days (either the 11th, 12th, 13th or 14th of January 2017) at the CoderDojo booth at the BT Young Scientist event in the RDS, Dublin! We will contact you and ask which day suits you best once you’ve registered.

**Applications close on the 20th of December.

We look forward to seeing all your cool project application ideas! If you have any further questions contact:

Please note: this opportunity is for CoderDojo Ninjas (7-17), in Ireland, to showcase their projects at the event and NOT adult Mentors. Adults accompanying CoderDojo Youth will be responsible for the youths attending & need the necessary parental approval. All attendees will have to cover their own cost of travel to the event.





One Rule: “Be Cool”

“CoderDojo is free, not a free ride!” ~ Bill Liao

Wifi for IADT : Username: coderdojo1 – Password: september17 (or may still be september16)

Some guidelines (for everyone!) as to what’s cool:

– Be positive and kind!
– Engage with people, make new friends.
– Chat away, not too loudly as others may be concentrating.
– Help each other – you can mentor at any age.
– Ask for help from people around you before asking a mentor. “Ask 3 before me“.
– Talk about ideas.
– Stay involved.
Stuff you can do elsewhere – such as watching videos or playing games – do it elsewhere!
Ask a mentor before looking at a YouTube video as a learning tool. 
– Make sure what you’re doing would be ok with your parents/teachers.
– Let a mentor know if something inappropriate appears on your computer.
– Let us know if you can’t make a session.
– Any form of bullying is not cool.
– If you have any concerns, let a mentor know.
– Please appreciate that the mentors volunteer their time! 

Thanks and enjoy CoderDojo!

Apply for the Eir Junior Spiders competition!

The eir Junior Spiders is Open for Entries.
Entries for the eir Junior Spiders are now OPEN!!

Both eir and CoderDojo are looking forward to see innovative projects you have been working on!  All entries for the eir Junior Spiders received before Friday 26th February 2016 will go into a draw to win a brand new Microsoft Lumia 535 Phone!

Entries Close Wednesday March 9th 2016.

The deadline to complete the application is 9th March 2016. This application is open to Irish Dojos only.

If you have any queries please contact Ailbhe Cooke directly on:

Register for the National Scratch Competition 2016! (by 12 Feb)

Using Scratch allows students to develop creative and critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills as they work collaboratively or individually on Scratch projects.

In operation since 2010, the National Scratch Competition has established itself among both teachers and students as a leading platform and showcase for Ireland’s aspiring digital creators. 

Entry is open to individual students and groups of all ages.  

How to enter:

1. Register your details now on Please note that you will need to re-register for this year if you have not already done so.
2. Design & create your project at This can be a game, animation, story, simulation or music project.
3. Once your project is complete, upload your project URL and student details to enter the competition at (Please note when entering your project a direct URL link must be entered to be judged)
4. Entries can only be accepted if they are accessible via the Scratch website Offline projects must also be uploaded to this website also.

Dates to Remember:
Register your interest: Now!
Submit your entries by: 12th February 2016
National Finals: Thursday 28th of April 2016 in RDS

For more information visit or if you have any queries please contact

17-Year-Old Kid Tells How To Make A Real BB-8 Droid Powered By Arduino

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.

Read more here

Free Animation Workshop DLR Lexicon Sat 13 Feb

DLR Lexicon is running a free
How to make an Animation Workshop

from 3 – 5pm, Saturday 13th February

Age: 7-10

Project Room, Level 3 (beside the Gallery), dlr LexIcon

Artist Aideen Barry will lead an animation workshop where you will learn how to make an animation. See your work come to life and bring your first animation home with you!

Book through this link

Kids Code For Christmas in aid of St Vincent de Paul

Bank of Ireland, 2 College Green on Saturday 12 December from 1pm – 4.30/5pm.
Ninjas from CoderDojo Dún Laoghaire welcome to come along (must pre-book).
It should be a bit of fun.  Microsoft and Intel will be presenting some cool stuff and some of the guys from DCU’s Insight will also be doing some fun stuff.
It is looking like.
1-1.30pm  Registration and Intros
1.30 – 2pm  Intel (Philip Moynagh) – The Internet of Things
2/2.15 – 2.30/2.45pm  Insights / DCU (Suzanne Little) –  Smart Stadium / GAA / Kinect-with-sensors projects
2.30/2.45 – 4pm Microsoft (Stephen Howell) technologies and gaming
4pm – 5pm Coding, photos, prizes and close.

The theme is “Giving” in aid of St Vincent de Paul.

Limited to 50 kids or so.  They must book in advance through link below.

The link is below.  It is a new booking system.  If you have a problem registering please email