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CoderDojo Toronto – September 24th

By | Scratch

Hello @here, thank you to those who came, and those who were in touch about missing it. Today went smoothly, well attended and staffed by volunteers. We had stability in hardware with 6 laptops with support from Mozilla Hive and Free Geek Toronto, and had a take away HTML5 cheat sheet.

In other news one of our regular learners attended this session as a volunteer. He helped a first time student learn the ropes with Scratch. @jordanne has ideas about creating handouts to describe the important elements of Scratch, and also, has ideas about Scratch and uses it in fun ways to tell stories. Learn about her cat.

Quote of the day, in response to what did you learn today? ‘That X mean left and right, and Y means up and down’ – Adam

Lastly, a long overdue appreciation and social event for mentors is scheduled on Thursday, October 26th. Find the details on Meetup. https://www.meetup.com/CoderDojoTo/events/243559614/

See event photos on Instagram:

Scratch Showcase links:

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/176126306/

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/176221748/

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/172925178/

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/176126306/

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/176216067/

Canada Coding Week event: Canadarm2

By | blog, classes
Thank you for volunteering your time for code education.
Our event is on Saturday, June 3rd 217 from 2 – 4pm and we are holding a mentor/volunteer training session beforehand at 1:30 – to ensure that mentors are somewhat prepared for the 2 hour coding session to follow.
Lesson of the day – CANADARM2:
In this activity, students will imagine that they are Chris Hadfield remotely controlling the Canadarm 2 from on board the International Space Station. Students will use computational thinking processes (breaking down a problem, looking for patterns, developing algorithms) and their prior coding experience with Scratch to create a simulation in which they become the controller of Canadarm2 to put a new module on the International Space Station.
Video lesson here:

Printable teachers guide:
Starter Scratch:
Final Scratch:
 
Lesson plan found here:

2017 Announcements

By | Uncategorized

Announcements for 2017

CoderDojoTo will not be holding our regular monthly event in January.

We are working on a number of exciting initiatives and will be sending another e-mail soon with announcements! Stay tuned for important updates about upcoming CoderDojoTo community events, skill building materials, and volunteering opportunities.

Thank you for learning code with us.

CoderDojoTo had a great year in 2016. We ran 15 community events, allowing us to teach 350+ coders new computer skills. Dozens of mentors, volunteers, and community members lent their support to make this past year a huge success. We truly couldn’t have done it without your dedication, donations, and support! Thank you to everyone who came to learn and share coding skills this year.

We would like to extend a special thank you to our venue sponsor, Bitmaker, for providing crucial space and internet for our monthly workshops, and to all the companies who’s generous support made free computing education possible – including Full Stack Toronto, Infinite I.T. Staffing, Microsoft Yorkdale, Toronto Public Library, STEMCA, and Sticky Brain Studios. Thank you!

 

 

 

2016 Highlights:

We had the pleasure of running a variety of new workshops and curriculum content this past year.

Thank you 2016

By | blog
Children's Literary Festival hosted Bi-annually by Toronto Public Library. This year held at Toronto Harbourfront, Queens Quay. With various Childrens authors, illustrators, and musical talent.

CoderDojoTo did a drop-in coding session at Children’s Literary Festival hosted Bi-annually by Toronto Public Library. This year held at Toronto Harbourfront, Queens Quay. With various Children’s authors, illustrators, and musical talent.

We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all who mentored, volunteered, and contributed to our 2016 fundraising campaign which helped make all of our events possible throughout the year!

As we rely on donations of resources, food and financial means to operate each of our events – we are truly grateful to have such an incredible network of support and simply cannot express our appreciation for your time and contributions in all forms. Thanks to your time and donation, we were able to expand our program by offering a variety of new workshops and curriculum content this past year aimed at promoting digital literacy and STEAM education amongst youth. Some of our highlights from 2016 include:

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you out at our events in the new year!

CoderDojo Toronto Team

Community Members

Full Stack Toronto, Maker Festival, Microsoft Toronto, #Ridi6ulo.us Hackthon, Toronto Public Library, Stemca,Hive Toronto, Get Yer Bot On!, Markham Coders

Numbers and Stats for 2016

By the Numbers By the Cost Travelled from By Skill
300+ Students $3000+ on pizza, snacks, coffee Toronto HTML, CSS
150+ Mentors $1000+ on printing Markham GIMP for graphic editing
100+ Computers Loaned $300+ on hardware Scarborough JavaScript
90 TTC Tokens $2500+ on event costs Mississauga Scratch
Bowmanville Node
Georgetown Arduino
Thornhill Networking
North York Podcast (Audio)
Sharon RFID
Burlington
Vaughan
Hamilton
Etobicoke
Dundas
Pickering

CoderDojo has won the prestigious European Citizen’s Prize

By | blog, News

CoderDojo has won the prestigious European Citizen’s Prize. CoderDojo is the only Irish based organisation to win the award this year. Our non-profit network of free coding clubs for young people, which originated in Cork, is now in 63 countries worldwide. Since 2008 the Parliament awards the European Citizen’s Prize every year to projects and initiatives that facilitate cross-border cooperation and promote understanding within the EU. CoderDojo was nominated by Seán Kelly MEP (Ireland South).

21695784998_b049fff3dc_zMary Moloney, CoderDojo’s CEO had this to say on receiving the news: “With more than 600 CoderDojo clubs active in European countries, it’s great recognition for the amazing, kind & talented community of volunteers and kids to receive this award. We hope that this will inspire others to get involved in supporting the movement and in helping to launch more Dojos.”

Read more about it at: https://coderdojo.com/news/2016/06/02/coderdojo-wins-european-citizens-prize/

Programming: Languages, Timeline, and Guides

By | blog

programming resources

Computer programs are often described as “sets of instructions”,and computer languages are thought of by many as merely the syntax and vocabulary for providing these instructions.

From this point of view, different programming languages may have different grammars, or different vocabularies. Each may treat semi-colons a particular way, or require capitalization — but they are sort of the same underneath all that.

The reality of programming is much more complicated than that.

Learn more about computer languages and their history.

Learn just about anything you want to know about computers and the internet here: http://www.whoishostingthis.com/resources/

Volunteer Position: Curriculum Designer

By | Volunteers

CoderDojo Toronto is looking to for a designer who is interested in solving problems. We have a handful of resources that would benefit from a graphic style alignment, and could be improved for ease of use. This is a 10 – 15 hour onhealthy volunteer position, and can be attributed to any college program with approval from professor.

Skills:
Ability to organize information
Ability to create a simple design style appropriate for young audience

For more information – contact hi@coderdojo.ca or find us on twitter @coderdojoto