CoderDojo term 2: Registrations opening soon!

Planning for term two of CoderDojo Brisbane is well under way. We are excited to host CoderDojo at seven locations in term two, with nine session times in total. For the full list of locations and session times, check out Join a CoderDojo.

As many parents and guardians of our young ninjas know, CoderDojo is a very popular program, with all places filling quickly each term. As a result, we always have a long waitlist and, with this in mind, have created a new process for term two registrations.

Registrations will open at 10am next Tuesday, 5 April for any children who DID NOT participate in the term one program. CoderDojo aims to expose as many kids as possible to coding and technology, and this process allows those who weren’t able to get into term one to participate in term two.

Registrations received from anyone who did participate in the term one program will unfortunately be ruled out.

But any remaining places will be opened up for a second round of registrations on Tuesday, April 12 at 10am.

As places in the CoderDojo program are popular, we ask for your commitment for the duration of the term. If you know your ninja is going to miss a session, please email coderdojo@brisbanemarketing.com.au. If two or more consecutive sessions are missed, your place in the program may be reallocated.

One last reminder that ninja registrations will open on the Join a CoderDojo page on Tuesday, April 5 at 10am.

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CoderDojo at The University of Queensland

CoderDojo Brisbane is excited to present two school holiday workshops in partnership with the University of Queensland. The sessions will take place on Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 March at UQ, and will run for 3 hours each morning.

These sessions are suitable for beginners. No experience is required however they are designed for high school kids only, 13- 17 years old. Each session will feature different activities and topics, outlined below.

Tuesday 29 March

The focus on the Tuesday bootcamp will be Scratch programming and physical computing using MakeyMakey invention kits. Students will learn how to program with Scratch and to create an interactive poster by fitting it with wires and programing a MakeyMakey to control the interactions. This workshop is for beginners, so no prior experience is required.

Wednesday 30 March

The Wednesday bootcamp will feature a robotics session. Students will be challenged and required to program their robots through an obstacle course to find a hidden treasure. No prior experience is needed. Mentors in this session will also have capacity to work with students who are more advanced and would like to use Robot C.

When: Tuesday 29 or Wednesday 30 March
Time: 9am- 12pm
Location: The University of Queensland, Sir Llew Edwards Building (14), Room 216
Age: 13- 17 years old

All students are required to bring their own laptop and will need to log on to the UQ Wifi (instructions will be provided on the day). All students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and will be required to complete a consent form however, it would be appreciated if all parents remained outside (within the vicinity of the building) during the session due to space available within the room. If your child has any special needs and requires a parents to remain at all times, please let us know in advance.

Registrations for this event will open at 10am on Friday 18 March via the ‘Join a CoderDojo’ page of the CoderDojo Brisbane website. Places are limited and will be served on a first in, best dressed basis.

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CoderDojo 2016- Term 1 registrations opening soon!

Hi everyone,

We are currently working on the 2016 CoderDojo program and are excited to bring to you two new locations in Term 1, 2016 as well as additional sessions at the Carindale, Chermside and Brisbane Square locations.

Registrations for Term 1 will open next Wednesday, 13 January at 10.30am via the CoderDojo website. Registrations for everyone wishing to be involved will open at this time – there will be no pre-registration as per previous terms. For further details on the registration process, please check the website: www.coderdojobrisbane.com.au/join-a-coderdojo/.

Participants must bring their own laptop and charger to each session, along with a snack and/or lunch. Parents must also remain in the library for the duration of the session.

Sunnybank Hills Library

Date: Saturday 30 January – Saturday 5 March
Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm

Carindale Library

Date: Saturday 13 February – Saturday 19 March
Time: 10am – midday

Brisbane Square Library

Date: Saturday 30 January – Saturday 5 March
Time: 10am – midday OR 12.30 – 2.30pm

Kenmore Library

Date: Saturday 6 February – Saturday 12 March
Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm

Chermside Library

Date: Saturday 13 February – Saturday 19 March
Time: 10am – midday OR 12.30 – 2.30pm

Grange Library

Date: Saturday 30 January – Saturday 5 March
Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm

Holland Park Library

Date: Saturday 6 February – Saturday 12 March
Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Registrations are essential (even if you have participated before), so please ensure you are online at the abovementioned times to avoid disappointment.

Do you have experience with coding? We are looking for volunteer mentors at all seven CoderDojo locations – find out more and register here: https://coderdojobrisbane.com.au/get-involved/

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Australia’s first coding program reaches 1000 enrolments

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk congratulated over 60 children and mentors as CoderDojo Brisbane celebrated a significant milestone with its 1000th enrolment.

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Cr Quirk said the digital coding program, which aims to provide the city’s youth with practical digital skills in real-world situations, had received a great response.

“Brisbane was the first city in Australia to introduce the program and since launching in July 2013, CoderDojo Brisbane has held over 180 sessions with more than 1000 children in attendance, recruited more than 300 mentors and had more than 56,000 visitors to the website,” he said.

“This is a fantastic achievement for the program, and it’s excellent to see so many young children and teenagers getting involved, wanting to learn these new skills.”

During the school holiday session, each of the children met with Franco the Nao robot, made MakeyMakey invention kits and tried out the Oculus Rift reality goggles.

To read the full story please click here.




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Why you should learn to code and how to get started

There is something really satisfying about seeing your ideas come to life, isn’t there?
You know the feeling…

When you reach an elusive goal or taste a meal that took hours to prepare. Or the experience of handcrafted code running as intended.

Yes, believe it or not, writing code is an excellent way to experience an idea coming to life!
Unfortunately many think coding is out of reach so they don’t try.

Business owners need to be across so much these days. But the good news is that knowing a little bit of code can save a lot of time.

You don’t have to know how to code to send an email but even just a basic understanding of code can help you get more from your email marketing.

According to Mark Zuckerburg, creator of Facebook, programming is as important as reading and writing.

Knowing what drives software is also about freedom. Once you get to grips with coding principles, most software becomes easier to use, which can be a real time saver.

Not convinced? Check out this video to find out why coders are the next generation of rock stars!

Code is not as hard as some believe

Yes, there are unfamiliar terms to describe things just as there are in any field.
But today, even young kids are learning how to create software. Initiatives like CoderDojo around the world are getting them started.

Once you have an understanding of the basics you can work the rest out. Plus it’s a lot of fun!

Ready to get started?

The best advice is to start small. Remember, technology needs to have everything explained in detail. So the more things you add, the more complicated it becomes.

You can find resources all over the web about coding. Here’s a few places for beginners:

  • Scratch is an interactive tool to help beginners learn standard coding terminology and have fun doing so. While aimed at a younger audience, scratch is still well suited for any beginner.
  • Python is one of the easiest languages to learn. It is also powerful enough that companies like Google still use it.
  • HTML5 this can be used to do some snazzy stuff with emails like including videos.

If you want to start a little project to practise your new found skills, why not build a HTML email template from scratch? Check out this step by step guide to get started.

Have fun with it

I hope you no longer see coding as something boring or too difficult. If you enjoy being creative and love making things work, then why not give it a try.

I’d love to hear about any projects you start or see any templates you build? Share them in the comments section below.

Written by: Daniel Smith, CoderDojo Chermside Mentor & Senior Developer and Team Leader at Vision6.

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Want to teach the next generation of coders? Sign up now!

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Are you a coder of have experience with coding? Get involved in the CoderDojo Brisbane term 3 program by registering as a mentor at one of our 5 locations.

Sessions run for 2 hours on a Saturday, teaching approx. 30 ‘ninjas’ the fundamentals of code. Whether its in Scratch, Python, Alice or any other program, our ‘ninjas’ are eager to learn. Register below now.

TERM 3  – 2015 SESSIONS:

Brisbane Square Library
Date:
Every Saturday from 18th July – 22nd August
Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm
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Sunnybank Hills Library
Date:
Every Saturday from 18th July – 22nd August
Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm
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Carindale Library
Date:
Every Saturday from 25th July – 29th August
Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm
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Kenmore Library
Date:
Every Saturday from 1st August – 5th September
Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm
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Chermside Library 
Date:
Every Saturday from 8th August – 12th September
Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm
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Participant registrations open on Wednesday 8th July at 10.30am via the website.

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Industry teaching the next generation of digital masters

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Brisbane City Council is partnering with local industry to nurture the next generation of digital thinkers, as part of an expansion of its CoderDojo Brisbane program.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the program, which was the first of its kind in Australia, educated children between the ages of 7 and 17 about the coding process to foster a greater level of interest in new technologies.

“This is a brilliant initiative offering the city’s youth practical digital skills from a real-world perspective, and industry experience that is not part of standard schooling curriculum,” Cr Quirk said.

“Last year Brisbane was ranked in the top 15 per cent in the world innovation index, and the CoderDojo program is just one of the ways we are nurturing creativity, and encouraging young entrepreneurs.

“In this age of the economy of ideas it is important that as a city we provide an environment that is conducive to nurturing the digital skills of our young people and providing them with digital learning opportunities.

Coding is the building blocks for digital platforms such as websites, apps, programs, and games.

Through this computer programming system, coders are able to develop a range of software for use on computers, mobile phones, technical machinery, and other devices.

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Cr Quirk said this term’s CoderDojo Brisbane program would expand to a fifth location, and is now being offered at Brisbane Square Library.

“Since the start of CoderDojo Brisbane in 2013, more than 800 children have participated in the free program which is held at four sites including Sunnybank Hills, Carindale, Kenmore, and Chermside,” Cr Quirk said.

“To address the number of participants, sessions will be offered at Brisbane Square Library this term, also accommodating families living, working, and visiting the CBD.”

Cr Quirk said the program also had sponsorship for the first time; with digital company Vision6 providing support to make sure students had access to the latest technology.

“This program relies on the expertise of the digital industry, and it’s great to see Vision 6 showing its support for our young digital enthusiasts,” Cr Quirk said.

“Ten experts from companies including Vision6, Halfbrick Studios, Orange Digital and Red Eye Apps, will volunteer their time over the next 6 weeks to carry out the program.”

Vision6 Managing Director Evan Fortune said programs like CoderDojo would help prepare young people for employment, with participants learning skills vital to the ever-changing digital world.

“Vision6 is a growing company and acquiring staff who can code is a key part of our growth, CoderDojo is ensuring kids across Brisbane are being taught the skills they’ll need to work in the digital economy,” Mr Fortune said.

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Brisbane’s Chief Digital Officer Cat Matson said more than 155 local experts had contributed to the success of the program since its beginning.

“Brisbane’s has some of the best minds in the coding space, and through this initiative, they can share these skills and experience with the next generation of digital citizens,” Ms Matson said.

“Teaching the next generation is essential to ensuring the industry has the growth it needs and without mentors we wouldn’t have those necessary skills.”

For more information about CoderDojo or Brisbane’s Digital Strategy, contact Brisbane Marketing on (07) 3006 6200 or visit http://www.brisbanemarketing.com.au

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