Last Sunday Session 25th June

Just a reminder there be the final Sunday session this coming Sunday 25th June. We will celebrate the success of our winning Ninjas at CoolestProjects and another successful term CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire and hope that some of the Wednesday Ninjas will come to share in the fun.

Thanks

Francis.

WebSite Competition – CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire Sunday 04th March

This coming Sunday, after many weeks of hard work, we will see Liam, Jack, Ian, and Darrach present their projects in the hope of winning the coveted award of ‘Voted Best Website 2017’. This will be followed by an award ceremony and prize giving as well as an interview with the proud winner of the coveted CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire Web Design Trophy. An event not to be missed!

Rock Paper Scissors using the MicroBit

The Microbit is a fun little device, it allows you to program it in a variety of languages with a variety of different programming IDE’s.

The 20GBP device supports motion sensing (Titling, Shaking) and can display images on a 5×5 LED matrix. Microbits can be connected together over a radio link and share data and the device is small enough to be powered by two AAA batteries.

This project uses these capabilities to re-create a fun game – rock paper scissors using two MicroBits. I recommend using the Microsoft PXT IDE which lets you switch between Blocky and JavaScript and has the Radio add-in that this project needs…

1. Connect the two MicroBit’s wirelessly with the Radio library
2. Shake the device to make a selection
2. Randomly choose one of the three choices
3. Display the result on the LED
4. Send the result to the other Microbit
5. Work out which device won and display that to the user

How would you modify your program to make the game fun for the visually impaired?
Would it be fun to extend it to include Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard and Spock…

Making friends with your new assistant – Alexa

Some of you may have already met her or her friend Siri, they perform a similar function, they are good listeners and really want to help you with your problems. I am of course talking about Amazon’s AI tool which has started to be embedded in a number of devices – including Amazon’s own Echo device.

Here’s how it works:

1. You wake up Alexa – Amazon echo is listening for you to say Alexa – other devices need to have a button
2. You talk and the device records
3. The recording is forwarded to the Amazon AI
4. The AI decodes what you have said and determines an answer
5. The response is played back to you.

Well the good news is there’s a public API for developers and a some Python code out there to allow us to connect to it. There’s a small amount of wiring but not much! Try it out…

https://github.com/sammachin/AlexaPi

And when you have connected to it, now you can connect it back to you (eg using IFTTT)…

Register for the National Scratch Competition 2017!

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 scratch.ics.ie. 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 www.scratch.mit.edu. 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 scratch.ics.ie. (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 atwww.scratch.mit.edu. Offline projects must also be uploaded to this website also.

Dates to Remember:
Register your interest: Now!

Submit your entries by: 17th February 2017
National Finals: Wednesday 26th of April 2017 in University Limerick

Categories of entry are as follows:

  • Junior infants to 1st Class
  • 2nd Class to 4th Class
  • 5th Class to 6th Class
  • 1st Year to 3rd Year
  • 4th Year to 6th Year
  • CoderDojo (Junior infants to 1st Class)
  • CoderDojo (2nd Class to 4th Class)
  • CoderDojo (5th Class to 6th Class)
  • CoderDojo Junior Cycle (1st Year to 3rd Year)
  • CoderDojo Senior Cycle (4th Year to 6th Year)
  • **New – Special Needs Category – run on a pilot basis this year

For more information visit scratch.ics.ie or if you have any queries please contactscratch@ics.ie

Sunday Halloween Dojo

Yes we are open again this Halloween weekend! There will be a competition to create the scariest Halloween project as well as a few Halloween treats to keep us going through the session!. See you there….and don’t forget the clocks go back on Saturday!

 

EU Dojo Brussels – call for Ninja’s and Mentors

The EU Dojo is taking place again this year on the 17th October in the European Parliament in Brussels to celebrate EU Code Week. At the event MEP’s will be taught their first lines of code by CoderDojo youth attendees!

Would you like to attend the event in Brussels and teach the MEP’s a thing or two about coding?

We are specifically looking for young people who are eager to Mentor or who already Mentor at their Dojo. This is a great opportunity for Ninjas to showcase the skills and creativity present in their Dojos to a very important audience of MEPs. We want the Ninjas, Champions and Mentors who attend EU Dojo to show MEPs just how cool coding is and how much fun you have doing it!

If you want to attend talk to one of the Mentors!