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CoderDojo Edinburgh taken by Storm!

Exciting new update from CoderDojo Edinburgh!

The coding club for ages 7-17 will now be held once a month at the Storm ID offices in Leith. This also means the club will benefit from the support of their experienced coder employees! CoderDojo Edinburgh Champion Amandine, who has been running the club since August 2016, is also a web developer at Storm.

You can read more about Storm’s involvement in the company blog.


The Dojo has a great selection of creative and fun activities planned using BBC micro:bits. Check some of them out below!

The BBC micro:bit is a nifty wee device that can be used for all sorts of cool creations, from robots to musical instruments, and is a fun way to learn to code!


A Story Come Alive: Thursday 27th April 2017 (5:30-7pm)

Tell a story like never before with the help of a BBC micro:bit. Use cardboard, conductive paint and your imagination to bring a book to life. Draw your own circuit and brighten up your story with lights, sounds and movement.

Digital Jewellery & Interactive Garments: Thursday 25th May 2017 (5:30-7pm)

Fashion with brains. Bring your jewellery and clothes to life with conductive threads, stretching sensors, lights and the help of a micro:bit. Imagine a pencil case changing colour with temperature; using your sweater’s buttons to play a ‘Simon says’ game; a sports armband that changes colour when you tense your muscles; earphones glowing in response to sound; a badge displaying a smiley in response to your voice or friend’s proximity.

Crack the code – 007 goes digital: Thursday 29th June 2017 (5:30-7pm)

Solve riddles and crack the code for tricky challenges with the help of a BBC micro:bit – every right answer will open the clue for the next code. The group breaking the code first wins a dazzling price.


You can book the next Edinburgh CoderDojo session here.


CoderDojo gets storytelling at Wee Write Family Day

Last week Glasgow Libraries’ CoderDojo ran a Twine workshop at the Mitchell Library in the first of two Wee Write Family Day for Aye Write – Glasgow’s fantastic annual book festival.

Twine is an online tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. This means you can choose alternative paths to your stories, which can grow and grow as much as you like.  It’s a fun way to turn your story into a role-playing game.

Create as many story-lines and endings as you like
Learn how to add images to your story using code

The participants had a lot of fun creating their stories. Just have a look at the great selection of stories created so far.

Drop in to the next workshop and discover how to use computer code to write a story with lots of different endings, which you can put online for your friends to read.

Twine workshop at the Mitchell Library

Next workshop: Saturday 4th March

Location: Digital Making Space, 5th Floor, Mitchell Library

Time: Drop-in between 1pm and 4pm.  No need to book.

Age Range: 12-17, no previous coding experience needed

Cost: Free!

CoderDojo Bridgeton Opens to More Young People More Often

Everyone likes a good news story and here at CoderDojo Bridgeton we’ve got a double-scoop of good news to share. (Readers are advised to read slowly to avoid brain-freeze).

The first scoop – we’re opening up to children of 8+ living in the east end of Glasgow. Yay! Now comes the second scoop (choc-chip scoop with sprinkles on top) – we are doubling (yes, you heard right people) the number of sessions we run to two a month!

As from October the dojo will be open to young people from 8-17 who live in the east end of Glasgow. Our sessions will run fortnightly.

Book a place by going to

Oooh, brainfreeze… too much sweet goodness!

Castlemilk Family Fun Day – Now With Added Christmas

Thanks to everyone who came along to our family fun day at CoderDojo Castlemilk.

Here are some of the resources we used:

  1. Google Santa Tracker Code Boogie (with the JavaScript version here).
  2. Scratch Christmas Night Santa Claus game.
  3. Hour of Code Minecraft Designer.
  4. Google Cardboard apps, Christmas VR and Santa’s Special Delivery videos.
  5. Our twitter-powered Christmas Tree used a Raspberry Pi with a Unicorn HAT, running Node Red.
  6. Our Christmas robot art was made using a Sphero (and lots of paint!).

You can try most of them at home.

Have a great Christmas and we’ll see you at our first session of 2017 on the 14th of January.

Visit our CoderDojo Castlemilk page for more information on the club and to book upcoming dojos.

CoderDojo Edinburgh Special Project – Robocode

Robocode – code your own virtual robot!edinburghdojo

The fantastic volunteers at Edinburgh’s newest CoderDojo not only run a quality Dojo every month…they have now announced a new weekly project.

Young coders aged 10-17 are invited to register now for the first block of sessions running every Monday from 14th November 2016 to 12th December 2016.

It is important to attend each of these sessions.

Read more about the project here.


EU Code Week – 15-23 October 2016


EU Code Week is a grass-root movement run by volunteers who promote coding in their countries as Code Week Ambassadors. Anyone – schools, teachers, libraries, code clubs, businesses, public authorities – can organise a #CodeEU event and add it to the map. To make organising and running coding events easier, CodeWeek have prepared different toolkits and selected some of the best lesson plans, guides and other resources.


CoderDojo Scotland Events during EU Code Week

Monday 17th

  • CoderDojo Inverness (Intro to Coding special for new coders)
  • CoderDojo Paisley YMCA

Tuesday 18th

  • CoderDojo Inverness (Animation)

Wednesday 19th

  • CoderDojo Bridgeton
  • CoderDojo Inverness (Data Encryption & Hacking)
  • CoderDojo Edinburgh @ Prewired

Thursday 20th

  • CoderDojo Inverness (LEGO Mindstorms Challenge – Day 1)
  • CoderDojo Renfrewshire Libraries @ Linwood

Friday 21st

  • CoderDojo Inverness (LEGO Mindstorms Challenge – Day 2)

Saturday 22nd

  • CoderDojo Edinburgh @ Drumbrae Library
  • CoderDojo GoMA Library
  • CoderDojo Glasgow Science Centre
  • CoderDojo Mitchell Library
  • CoderDojo Pollokshaws Library (Launch of the new dojo)

For more information or to book events click here.

Contact with any queries.


Extra fun at CoderDojo Inverness for October Break

Thanks for supporting Coderdojo Inverness!

Wow!  How time flies, we are fast approaching the October break and I am very pleased to say we will be offering classes over the holidays.  All the events will take place in the second week of the holidays 17th – 21st October, each day has a different focus so each event will have to be booked separately.  The first day (17th) will be for children who have never been to a Coderdojo previously, the rest of the week is completely open.

Here’s what’s on over the week:

Introduction to Coderdojo – Monday 17th October (only open to young people who haven’t attended the previous dojos)

Coderdojo: Animation – Tuesday 18th October

Data Encryption & Hacking – Wednesday 19th October

LEGO Mindstorms Challenge  Thursday & Friday, 20th and 21st October (each date is booked separately so advised to book both)

Each session will start at 1000 and finish at 1300, we recommend that your child brings a bottle of water and a snack, we will have a short break between activities.

To read more about each session and to book click here.

We also would really appreciate it if you could take the time to give us some feedback  on your child’s experiences at Coderodjo Inverness by answering these few questions.


National Coding Week – 19-24 September 2016



For National Coding Week, CoderDojo Scotland will be running intergenerational sessions and coding taster sessions for young people. The intergenerational sessions will take place in established clubs and will take the format of teach your parent / grandparent / guardian to code. Our taster sessions will be for 8-17 year olds and will be to get more young people interested in coding.


Supporting Young People with Autism

On Monday 8th August in Glasgow, The National Autistic Society (NAS) hosted a talk for Coder Dojo Mentors with an aim to further understanding of the condition. The speaker was Callum McCrosson.

Callum first took us through the history of Autism and the society. We were then led through the most common difficulties faced by those with Autism. Finally we were provided tips on how best we can support neurodiversity.

Callum was warm and funny throughout and really gave us a unique opportunity to speak with someone, extremely candidly, about what it’s like to have Autism, and to try and gain a better understanding of the daily challenges a neurodiverse person may face.

Autism is a grossly misunderstood and complex condition that, thanks to Callum and NAS, we now have a greater appreciation and respect for. The more we can understand about the challenges faced, the better we can help support those with Autism.


David Anderson, CoderDojo mentor

Find out more about autism and the work that the National Autistic Society do.



Raspberry Pi-way code

The following is an excerpt from the Ileach – the independent newspaper for Islay and Jura. Issue 43/20 published 23 July 2016.

Joseph Hughes writes:

A group of young people on an SQA certificated course run by Islay and Jura Youth Action & Argyll College, wanted to learn more about computer coding when their course finished. Argyll College’s Mairi McCuaig was directed to CoderDojo Scotland by Lisa from Argyll Arts Hub who were delighted to hear the group were keen to set up on Islay and offered some training. A successful bid submitted to Fourteen enabled the trip to go ahead.

The CoderDojo Foundation is a volunteer led movement which started in Ireland, but is now reaching out globally. The movement centres around creating and providing spaces for young people between the ages of 7-17 to learn about technology and coding in an environment that encourages learning with peers.

On our trip we met Craig Steele, the founder of the CoderDojo Scotland movement. He introduced us to some of the technology, such as computers like the Raspberry Pi and various programs that are often used at their clubs. We were also taught how we can use them to teach other young people about writing code or using the technology to make games, create music, or even for use in aiding everyday life. Craig also showed us some of the projects CoderDojo had worked on with the BBC to give us ideas for our own club.

Islay and Jura coders visit to CoderDojo Scotland

Islay and Jura coders’ visit to CoderDojo Scotland

Now back home, armed with knowledge and a small amount of kit provided by IJYA, we plan to setup our own CoderDojo clubs back here on Islay and Jura. We plan to have our launch/sign-up day starting at 4:30pm on Thursday 8 September at IDEAs Cabin in Bowmore. More information will follow through newspapers, posters and via the Islay and Jura Youth Action and Islay/Jura Community pages on Facebook. Hope to see you there!

This project was funded from the Fourteen Islay & Jura Programme through the Fourteen Islay & Jura Panel. The Fund is administered by Foundation Scotland

We’re looking forward to seeing the start up and development of the new CoderDojos in Islay and Jura.

Natalie, CoderDojo Scotland