This was check-in a few weeks back in February – we look like a very busy bunch!
This was check-in a few weeks back in February – we look like a very busy bunch!
Did anyone miss out on Flappy Bird? We will be taking a look at this in more detail over the next few weeks and we invite you to write your own platform game using some of the techniques found in this 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!
For young coders who are waiting to join CoderDojo, unfortunately our waiting list is over 100, however we list here any new dojos that we hear about (each dojo is independent) –
Dalkey (Saturdays 3 pm – 5.30 pm in Muggs Cafe): Contact: email@example.com http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/593
For Stillorgan Library (Saturdays 10.15am. Ages 8-13): Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 01-2889655 (This dojo is not shown on the CoderDojo website listing, so it may not be active.)
Glencullen in St Patrick’s National School, Saturdays 4.30 pm – 6 pm. Contact: email@example.com http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/603
Apparently there is also a CoderDojo at the Beacon Hotel Sandyford: Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org http://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/328
Here’s a list of CoderDojos worldwide (including Ireland) – click here – useful for if you’re going on holidays 😉
Most dojos would really like to have more mentors on board – please pass the word on to anyone you know who may be interested – more info here.
As you all know, CoderDojo was born as a grassroots movement, which grew out of what we originally thought would be a once-off event. As it grew, much thought, passion and work by all of the ever-expanding community went into creating a unique set of environments that are special to many people in many different ways. To see it grow and this same special environment preserved, continuing to make an impact on the lives of many children, parents and mentors makes me feel at awe, proud and a host of other emotions I won’t specify to try maintain my ‘street cred’.
CoderDojo belongs to the community and over the last 2 and a half years, CoderDojo has been defined and shaped by us, the community. We’ve seen and learned a lot from cultures, places and people around the world. Now at a more mature stage, it is important we preserve and protect the CoderDojo ethos, principles and values so it can continue to be special and bring impact to people for a very very very long time.
Previously these factors were relayed by word of mouth, through articles and media, both online and offline. As CoderDojo grows and develops, to ensure we keep these, we’ve created the HWF Charter for CoderDojo, encompassing these core aspects, both from the inception and what we have learned to date, to create a foundation of engagement that does not limit CoderDojo, but facilitates it to achieve new heights.
While there is a never a ‘one-size-fits-all’, the charter adapts to whether you’re running a Dojo in Tokyo to San Francisco to my hometown of Cork in Ireland. Some of the thinking behind aspects of it may not be so obviously, our views will be coloured by our experiences to date, for example if you run a Dojo in a high income or low income area, if there is a culture of socialism vs capitalism in your country, etc. The charter ensures the same specialness across the board and the elements that make a CoderDojo what it is and accessible to all.
The charter when in development has undergone much scrutiny, debate and discussion in the Committee of Mentors (previously posted about in here). I’ve welcomed this with welcome arms as it shows people are truly passionate about the future of CoderDojo. There are no new rules in this, rather more clarity and definition. Almost every, if not all current Dojos operate within it or very close to this ethos currently.
The Hello World Foundation which I setup 10 months has been driving this. HWF was setup to further develop CoderDojo (everything from the nitty gritty of the site staying up to dealing with the protection of the org) and help establish a strong, sustainable, lasting foundation to CoderDojo ensure the benefit of everything we’ve worked for to date is felt for a long time. HWF is not trying to control CoderDojo, but facilitate it and help act as a interface and a structured entity to perform duties that CoderDojo as a decentralised, community run movement can not but still needs. What we’re working is crucial (we wouldn’t have invested in it so much if it wasn’t) to the long term success of what we do and preemptively protecting us all before issues arise.
As CoderDojo grows and develops at breakneck speed, with Dojos springing up all over the world, the charter is vital, not just for who we are today, but the mentors, children, parents, volunteers and everyone involved for the next one hundred years (I better kick drinking so much coffee 😉 ).
This is a special moment, as this Charter will be an interface for all future Dojos, as much as I hate being soppy and emotional (I try maintain my hip n’ fresh image for the kids) this is a moment in our history and thank you for being here for it.
All Dojos are required to agree with the below CoderDojo Charter. This Charter encompasses the basic ethos and core aspects of the CoderDojo movement, which all Dojos are founded on. The introduction of the Charter was announced by co-founder James Whelton to the CoderDojo Organisers Group on the 3rd of December 2013.
For the purposes of this Charter, “CoderDojo” shall mean the open source, volunteer led movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs. “Dojos” shall mean the not-for profit coding clubs established to support communities and spread the philosophy of CoderDojo.
All Dojos are independent, autonomous, community groups set up to inspire young people to learn code. All Dojos have different styles of operating but they all hold the same ethos.
Hello World Foundation (HWF) commitments to you:
|Publication Date||6th December 2013|
We won 1st place in the Children and Young Adults category of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Community Awards 2013. This was announced at the Awards ceremony on Thursday 21st November. First place carries a monetary award of €900 which is very exciting!
Thanks to everyone who has made CoderDojo so great that we were judged worthy of this award, it is brilliant to win top place in our category on our very first time entering the Community Awards. It is down to the effort put in by the mentors and the kids attending (and their parents), and our video no doubt helped illustrate the wonderful experience which is CoderDojo.
For anyone who would like to know what other groups were involved, the full list can be seen here.
CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire members DJ and Keelan were lucky enough to be able to go to Dunsink Observatory for the launch of “Fionn”, Ireland’s new supercomputer, on 14th November.
A student from DCU CoderDojo came up with the name “Fionn” , which stems from Fionnachtana (the Irish for “discovery”) and Fionn mac Cumhaill.
Some photos from the day:
Watch our great video and see why the young coders, the mentors and the parents all think CoderDojo Dun Laoghaire is fantastic!
Here’s a couple of photos of our stand at the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Community Awards, hopefully we will be awarded a prize on 21st November! (Edit – we did! We came FIRST in the Children & Young Adult category!)
Yes, YouTube have kindly released over 2500 audio tracks for us to use as background music/intro’s for our games – check it out here
We might just put some on during our CoderDojo sessions and rock out!