Events

Can my child attend a CoderDojo event?

CoderDojo Strabane students must be:

  • Between 8 and 16 years old
  • Accompanied by a parent or guardian if under 16
  • Registered for the event using Eventbrite
  • and must bring a laptop to the event

When is the next CoderDojo?

We publicize our event schedule on our homepage. You can also follows us on Twitter or Facebook to be notified when tickets are available or new dates are announced.

When do you release tickets?

We release tickets for the next Dojo event at noon on the Sunday after the latest Dojo event. Usually two weeks before the next event. We notify everyone via posting messages on Twitter and Facebook.

Safety

Is CoderDojo safe?

Yes! Protecting the safety of children attending CoderDojo Strabane is important to us. Mandatory background checks are performed for all volunteers prior to events.

For children under 16, we ask that parents remain on site for the duration of the event.  They can get involved and help their children.

Mentoring

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 writing some kind of software, however, is useful—just don’t worry if you haven’t spent the last 10 years programming in Scratch!

What kind of time commitment is required?

Mentors sign up for only the events they can commit to. There is no minimum level of commitment, except we do not allow mentors to participate in only part of an event. Expect to spend about three hours on the day of an event, with perhaps a few hours’ work preparing for it earlier that week.

I’m new to this. Is there training or other support?

CoderDojo mentors meet regularly to discuss previous events and share what works and what doesn’t. We welcome new mentors to these sessions as a way to learn more about CoderDojo. However, there is no replacement for simply attending an event and learning first-hand.

We staff our events with a mix of veteran and newbie mentors—we support each other.

I have a child that is attending CoderDojo. Can I be a mentor at the same time?

Yes! Just let us know if you’d prefer to be in the same or different groups.

Volunteering

Do you need volunteers?

At this point, mentors remain our most critical need. We have a small event staff that coordinates room assignments, registration, event help, and clean-up. We’d still like to hear from you, though. Contact us!

Partnerships

Is CoderDojo Strabane interested in partnering?

Absolutely. We have assembled several great partners already, and we are interested in talking about other opportunities. Please contact us.

Hardware

Do you need laptops or other hardware?

Yes! We need:

  • Still-functioning laptops, no more than three years old
  • USB keyboards
  • USB mice
  • LCD monitors with DVI or HDMI input

If you’re not sure we need what you have, please contact us.