CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire Autumn term is here….

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.

 

Coolest Projects Awards 2014

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!

Excitement builds as the event is about to be officially opened...
Excitement builds as the event is about to be officially opened…

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.

More of the Scratch room
More of the Scratch room
Part of the Scratch room at Coolest Projects
Part of the Scratch room at Coolest Projects

Here’s some projects we were blown away by….

Jake O'Toole of CoderDojo DCU with his app "Tech Made Easy" made with HTML, CSS & Javascript
Jake O’Toole of CoderDojo DCU with his app “Tech Made Easy” made with HTML, CSS & Javascript
Kathleen Marie Maughan of Deansrath whose Scratch project on Anti Bullying was inspired by her own experiences; Bill Liao was quoted in the Irish Independent as being "as particularly touched and humbled by Kathleen Maughan who was "intent on assisting others who suffer what she has suffered from".
Kathleen Marie Maughan of Deansrath whose Scratch project on Anti Bullying was inspired by her own experiences; Bill Liao was quoted in the Irish Independent as being “as particularly touched and humbled by Kathleen Maughan who was “intent on assisting others who suffer what she has suffered from”.
Con Broderick of EMC Cork with his Scratch game Secret Defender
Con Broderick of EMC Cork with his Scratch game Secret Defender
Michael Lough of Athlone CoderDojo with his Monopoly game made in Scratch
Michael Lough of Athlone CoderDojo with his Monopoly game made in Scratch
Helen Aherne of CoderDojo Thurles with her Polling app, made in AppInventor
Helen Aherne of CoderDojo Thurles with her Polling app, made in AppInventor
Caitlin Donnelly of CoderDojo Thurles with her multiple GAA match tracker, built in AppInventor, which tracks 3 matches and sends results to Twitter
Caitlin Donnelly of CoderDojo Thurles with her multiple GAA match tracker, built in AppInventor, which tracks 3 matches and sends results to Twitter

Here’s Kinsale Dojo whose project consisted of an app to enable you to unlock and lock your door using wifi and the Cloud!

Kinsale Dojo with their cloud enabled app to unlock/lock doors
Kinsale Dojo with their cloud enabled app to unlock/lock doors

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!.

Model Car with onboard computer, web site and video feed!
Model Car with onboard computer, web site and video feed!

 

And how about playing Minecraft with Occulus 3D glasses and motion sensing with the Xbox motion sensor

Minecraft with 3D glasses and Xbox motion sensors
Minecraft with 3D glasses and Xbox motion sensors

And I saw some cool new robotics kits from www.mechatrons.com – we will have to start saving for these!

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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.

http://www.businessandleadership.com/leadership/item/46286-coderdojo-announces-winners/

http://www.coolestprojects.org

and some Video’s are now available on Youtube

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQBFqko3_sHU1f3UBEYuyK7MfP4aAHgWo

 

 

Coolest Project Awards – Project “Uisce” Can you help?

Sean Gleeson has kindly registered the idea of the Water Usage Calculator that we hope to take to the Coolest Project Awards. To achieve this we will need a team of people working on this over the next three weeks to get it ready for the DCU meeting on the 7th June. Please consider volunteering, we need ninja’s to help design some animation, find sounds on the internet or record at home, find interesting facts about our water consumption and habits, and then we have to merge all this into an app! The question is will you help?

 

App Inventor – Super Scratch!

App Inventor is another MIT tool that extends the concept of the Scratch program but allowing us now to create and distribute the application onto Android Tables and Phones. What’s great is that you have access to all the functionality of these devices, an emulator to test your program and a much more feature rich programming environment, with the comfort of a scratch like IDE. Wow!

Have a look on the Session Material page for some information from the Athenry coderdojo on getting started with this tool!

How about trying to create your first games – this looks pretty straightforward…

http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/ai2/molemash.html

 

 

 

Modding with Javascript

So we hear that some of you are keen on something called “Minecraft”, so we thought lets have a look at what you can do with it, and guess what, a fair bit it seems. And I don’t mean just building your own World – although that’s cool, but how being able to create your own Mods and including that in your World or even better sharing that so others can use what you have created?

Well the good news is that some of the other Dojo’s have been doing that and we will aim to take our first steps to do that in Dun Laoghaire, and learn some of the basics of a Programming Language called JavaScript.

We will start by following some of the instructions that Michael Maddon of CoderDojo Athenry has put together…

http://cdathenry.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/modderdojo-week-1-getting-started-with-scriptcraft-and-javascript/

So now its over to you….

 

Donkey Kong Project

Here’s one of the Top Platform games of the 80’s from Nintendo. Your challenge is to work out how to build this game, or one like it.

There’s some great basic principles to master and over the next few weeks we will take a look at the basics and start to build up to getting a simple version of this working. You don’t need to copy it exactly, why not create your own platform game, but you need to show the mastery of how to code realistic movement, solve the problem of different levels and add some challenge to the game to make it entertaining for the player.

Working in groups of four will help you solve your problems as you move into the more complex parts and to help you get started we have a Base project with sprites only available on our Scratch MIT project page, http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/17194051/ and an outline available here DonkeyKongOutline and also from our resources page on our web site.

So good luck and lets see what we can create!

End of 2013 Challenge

Ok lets get Festive! On our last Wednesday of 2013 we have decided to let you get Festive and Creative! We would like you to create your very own Advent Calendar and surprise us with what you choose to base it on, what you put behind each door (even if its only one door) and how you go about making it all work!

We hope to see some:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Efficient Coding
  • Clever use of Graphics
  • Clever use of Audio

And Python’ers how about doing some text drawing with Python?

For all of you looking for inspiration here is a Scratch example – but I certainly won’t win any prizes for this! http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/15658725

So get thinking and see you on Wednesday!