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…
And when you have connected to it, now you can connect it back to you (eg using IFTTT)…
CoderDojo have a stand at the Dublin Tech Summit 15-15th Dublin Convention Centre and have a limited number of places for Ninja’s to show off their projects. If you have a Cool Project and want a day off school and maybe want to see what the future holds for us, then sign up using this link
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
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!
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!
We are proposing to restart the Sunday sessions on the 11th of September and the Wednesday sessions on the 14th of September. If you have not attended before please register your interest using the waitlist form on the right (or bottom if viewing on a mobile device) of this page.
Each term we release a limited number of tickets for the available places shortly before the start of the term. Everyone on the waitlist is sent a link to register, places do go quickly.
We are constantly trying to expand the number of places available, which is largely limited to the number of available Mentors.
Note: You can also check with other Dojo’s listed on the www.coderdojo.com website if you are unable to get a slot with us.
Today FM Radio station are looking for new ways getting Anton Savage into a strange situation. How about having some fun and show them how we can put him into a funny situation maybe in a Scratch Game or Website?
Coolest Projects Award 2014 – What an event, over 250 projects with entries coming from as far as Poland and Romania, as well as a similar event being hosted on the same day in Silicon Valley! Bill Liao gave a fantastic opening speech encouraging all Coderdojo Ninja’s to get out there and form their own Dojo’s! Well done DCU!
After the opening it was full steam ahead with the judging with entrants having worked hard with their Projects including Scratch games, Websites, HTML5 games, Arduino projects and much more.
Here’s some projects we were blown away by….
Here’s Kinsale Dojo whose project consisted of an app to enable you to unlock and lock your door using wifi and the Cloud!
Here’s a Ninja’s (all the way from Poland) who built a Website on a raspberry Pi to display a video feed from a Car mounted Camera – and the Raspberry Pi was on the Car too!.
And how about playing Minecraft with Occulus 3D glasses and motion sensing with the Xbox motion sensor
And I saw some cool new robotics kits from www.mechatrons.com – we will have to start saving for these!
The top prizes were awarded to an e-car charger locator app, a wild western game, and Camera selfies, a website which allows you to share selfies at large events.