What is CoderDojo?
CoderDojo is a free open global collaborative movement to teach youth to code. For more information. CoderDojo is not a curriculum-based program. See our About page for more information.
How does a session usually run?
- Sessions run each Saturday during school terms, at various times.
- Sessions usually run for 2-3 hours.
- We begin with a demo and basic instructions (around 15 minutes)
- Mentors work their way around the room to assist participants with coding and their projects.
How long does the CoderDojo program run?
This is an ongoing program with breaks scheduled over school holidays. Participants and volunteer Mentors are free to register for as many sessions as they are able to, however we recommend a minimum of 4 week blocks for both participants and mentors to get the most from the program.
I am over the age of 17, can I still attend?
The CoderDojo program was designed specifically for participants aged 7-17. If you are not a parent or guardian, we ask that adult learners please consider other programs.
What experience do I need to have to attend a CoderDojo session?
You simply need to be able to browse the internet. The whole point is to introduce kids to programming and inspire them to explore on their own and with other like-minded kids.
What will I do at CoderDojo Brisbane?
If you have an interest in how websites, games and other computer programs work, you’ll be guided in how to create your own. One of the CoderDojo principles is to let the participants lead the learning rather than the sessions being like a classroom.
I have had a bit of a play with coding. Will this be too advanced or too basic for me?
CoderDojo sessions are led by what the participants are interested in, and are flexible enough to break out into various groups based on interests and ability.
What is required to become a Mentor?
- Basic programming knowledge and computer skills.
- A passion for imparting your knowledge.
Do I need to be an expert programmer?
No. A good CoderDojo mentor is supportive, first and foremost. Sometimes, our students can learn more from a mentor that is learning themselves, rather than an expert. Experience with writing some kind of software, however, is useful—just don’t worry if you haven’t spent the last 10 years programming in Scratch!
How should I prepare for sessions?
We will supply Mentors with basic briefing material prior to their first session. We ask you to review this prior to the session. However the focus is on assisting participants with problem-solving rather than “teaching”.
You are welcome to bring your own laptop, but generally Mentors’ time is spent around the room helping participants.
I’m new to this. Is there training or other support?
CoderDojo mentors communicate regularly to discuss previous events and share what works and what doesn’t. We welcome new mentors as a way to learn more about CoderDojo. There is no replacement for simply attending an event and learning first-hand.
I have experience in coding myself. Can I become a Mentor?
We absolutely welcome and encourage parents with coding experience to get involved as Mentors.
How much does it cost for my child to attend a CoderDojo?
There is no cost for children to participate in the CoderDojo Brisbane program. A variety of companies and supporters supply their time, space and donations to cover all costs.
Is my child required to bring their own laptop to each session?
At this stage, all participants are required to bring their own laptop to sessions. As the program evolves, there may be an opportunity for participants to use PCs already on site at some locations.
Why do I have to register my child for them to attend CoderDojo sessions?
Each CoderDojo location has a maximum capacity limit. Registrations will only be accepted for the maximum limit.
As a parent, what am I expected to do at the CoderDojo sessions?
There will be plenty of space for you to sit with your child to help them problem solve or just provide encouragement. It’s really no different to attending your child’s sporting games.
I don’t know anything about Computers or Coding. How will I be able to help my child in the CoderDojo session and a home?
Don’t we all feel a bit left behind in this accelerating world. Don’t worry. Research has shown that encouragement is the best motivator for child led learning. Many of our parents don’t know the clicky end of a mouse but their children are excelling through pure encouragement from the parent. Just be ready to be amazed by your children.
Can my child bring their school assignment to work on?
CoderDojo aims to assist kids to learn about coding, therefore participants may learn in areas that could assist them with their schoolwork, however it is not a homework service.