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 alan.murphy.ie@coderdojo.com

Edtech hackathon weekend Fri 13 – Sun 15 Nov

Startup Weekend

This hackathon aims to connect educators and entrepreneurs to discuss challenges in education and learning and is being run by volunteers / edtech enthusiasts.

More information here:

Starts: 5.30 pm Friday 13 November

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]



CoderDojo Ninjas, applications for Web Summit 2015 is open!

Message from CoderDojo –

Hi there,

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.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Ninjas and is not to be missed. If you have any questions please contact: info@coderdojo.com

Thank you very much!

#EUDojo – CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire at the European Parliament, Brussels!

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!


Coolest Projects 2015 – 2 winners from Dun Laoghaire!

Well, everyone was a winner really, it was a fantastic day at the Coolest Projects in the RDS on 13th June, with about 650 ninjas showing off 500 projects!

We were especially pleased to have two winners from Dun Laoghaire, with Lexi Schoene receiving the RTE overall Design Award, and Fionan O Ceallaigh receiving an Openet Innovators Stage Award.

There are some great photos from the CoderDojo Foundation available by clicking here.

We particularly like this photo of CoderDojo Founder James Whelton with Fionan

and this one of Lexi being awarded her prize onstage 🙂

We have a lot of photos from the day and hope to get these uploaded as soon as we deal with a little technical issue!

Some press coverage:

Irish Times: Child designers crack the code at CoderDojo awards
Seven-year-old wins overall prize in design category at Coolest Projects Awards

Tech Central: CoderDojo Coolest Projects Awards brings out best in young programmers

Silicon Republic: CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects showcases young coders’ skills




Zip & the Misty Mountain from Cortechs

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?

  1. 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!)
  2. Your very own brainwave sensing Neurosky headset
  3. You become part of our Exclusive Cortechs Community, where you will be first to be notified as our games and platforms become available
  4. 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?

  1. Android Tablet with Bluetooth
  2. €80 (plus €7 P+P)
  3. The power of focus and meditation to get Zip to the top of the mountain
  4. An AAA Battery for your headset…..and you’re good to go!

What next?

  1. Reply to me by Monday 15th June at aine@cortechs.ie to let me know if you’d like to avail of this offer
  2. We’ll send you out an invoice and info on how to pay
  3. 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.
Any questions? Just drop me a line at aine@cortechs.ie!

Áine Behan
CEO, Cortechs