Invitation for 5 DunL ninjas to attend Royal Dutch Visit in Dogpatch Labs! 12 June 15:15-16:45

CoderDojo Foundation will be having a special Dojo in Dogpatch Labs on Wednesday 12th June and are looking for some Ninjas to join! They are hoping for 5 Ninjas from the Dun Laoghaire Dojo to join this event as attendees.

At the Dojo, there will be a visit from the Dutch Royals, his Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima. The session will consist of a workshop hosted by Wia, where the Ninjas will get the chance to work on some cool new projects that they can then share with the Royal visitors. It should be really fun for everyone involved!

The amazing team from Wia will be guiding the Ninjas through the projects, however it is hoped that the Ninjas attending would have some experience using either Scratch and/or Micro:bit, as they will be working on a block-based language that wouldn’t be suitable for complete beginners. It is also hoped to have a mix of boys and girls in attendance, as well as a mix of ages if possible.

Parents of 5 CoderDojo Dún Laoghaire ninjas can register via the Eventbrite event below (asap!) and book a space for themselves as well as their ninja. Further details will be provided upon registration.

Event page:

(Sandra has the password which is required to register)

Summer holidays!

Sunday sessions finished on 26 May and the Wednesday group finishes on 29 May.

We will re-start sessions in September at a date to be decided later. Emails will be sent to current attendees* with links to book places. Please re-register as soon as possible; places will be opened up to the 500-strong waitlist shortly after, so a delay in registration may result in the place being lost.

*If 2 or more sessions have been missed without notification, the place may be withdrawn.

Many thanks to IADT and METNS for their support of CoderDojo Dún Laoghaire!

Sunday sessions finished for 2018

Our Sunday sessions are finished for 2018! Thanks to all our Mentors for their generosity in helping our many ninjas learn some amazing coding skills 🙂 We will start our Spring Term on 13th January.

Re-registration emails will be sent to parents over the Christmas/New Year break, after which places will be offered to our waitlist.

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!

Wednesday sessions finish on 12th December and hopefully re-start on 9th January (tbc).

Sunday group breaking for Christmas 2 December 2018

The last session for the Sunday group in 2018 will be on 2 December as the school Christmas Fair is on Sunday 9 December.

The start of the Spring term for the Sunday sessions is expected to be on Sunday 13 January 2019, this will be confirmed at a later date and links for re-registering will be emailed out to parents.

Countdown to Coolest Projects

Only a few more days left to Coolest Projects on Saturday May 26th.

Its shaping up to be a great day. CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire has a great representation, rumour has it the largest of all the Dojos in Ireland! Well done everyone.

On the day there’s over 14 fun filled activities for kids and parents alike – take your pick from

– ToG Soldering and Lock picking
– PiJam
– Turtle Stitching
– Wearables
– Drones
– LED Cube

And there’s some great speakers and panels covering topics such as teaching your kids good Digital Habits, the challenges of teaching technology subjects and how to keep girls interested in STEAM!

And there’s even an Experiential Area where you can do some hands-on workshops!

If you have registered a project then one Parent or Guardian is also automatically registered. Additional parents or guardians that want to come must also register. Remember to avail of your free ticket here and using the code CPFREECD

And finally don’t forget our Ninjas will be showcasing our very own Project Scorpion. Here’s a teaser – check it out at CoolestProjects!.

Hope to see you there!

Scratch 3 is coming in August 2018!

A new version of Scratch is coming this August!

3 Things To Know About Scratch 3.0 (from the MIT Scratch Team) –

1. Scratch 3.0 will have more ways to create and share

  • Create, share, and remix projects on tablets (in addition to laptops and desktops, of course)
  • Choose from dozens of new characters, backdrops, and sounds
  • New paint and sound editors make it easier to remix and manipulate characters, music, and sounds
  • With the new extension system, children can program physical devices (like micro:bit) and web services (like Google Translate)

2. Scratch 3.0 will have new support for getting started

  • New in-editor experience for first-time users
  • New bite-sized how-to videos
  • Updated Scratch Activity Cards and Educator Guides
  • Updated Creative Computing Curriculum from our friends at Harvard ScratchEd
  • Updated tutorials from our friends at Code Club and CS First

3. Scratch 3.0 is still the Scratch you know and love

  • All existing projects and accounts will continue to work in Scratch 3.0
  • All existing programming blocks will still be there (and we’re adding some new ones!)
  • Scratch 3.0 will be translated and available in many different languages
  • The offline versions of Scratch 1.4 and Scratch 2.0 will still be available
  • Scratch will continue to be free for all!

More info here