About Us


What is CoderDojo Scotland?

CoderDojo Scotland is part of a global collaboration that provides free coding clubs for young people. It enables them to learn everything they need to become a great programmer whilst providing a safe, fun and sociable environment to do it in.

What do you do at a CoderDojo?

At a CoderDojo event the only limit on what you can do is your imagination. You can learn new programming languages, create apps for your computer, tablet or phone, build websites, make games and much, much more. There is only one rule: “Above all; Be cool”

Who makes CoderDojo Scotland happen?

The driving force behind CoderDojo Scotland are the volunteers and mentors from technology and education backgrounds who wish to inspire the next generation of digital content makers. If you are interested in mentoring please get in contact with your nearest Dojo from this list.

CoderDojo Scotland team

The CoderDojo Scotland has previously been supported by a dedicated team of individuals; Craig Steele, Claire Quigley and Natalie Price.

Our funding ended in April 2017 and since then there isn’t a  full-time, central point of contact for all CoderDojo queries. You can still contact individual club organisers through Our Clubs page.

Our Contact page also has a Frequently Asked Questions section and Contact Form for anything else.

Media stuff

Check out our  CoderDojo Scotland Blog.

CoderDojo Scotland receives Digital Xtra fund grant. January 2017

Positively Scottish article on their visit to Glasgow Science Centre dojo January 2017

CoderDojo Moray in The Press and Journal January 2017

Coding in Glasgow’s public libraries article November 2016

On the air with BBC School Radio October 2016

Getting Started with the BBC Micro:bit Glasgow Science Centre’s Facebook Live broadcast August 2016

CoderDojo Islay article in The Illeach

Short Facebook video about coding music at Glasgow Science Centre Dojo February 2016

Digital World video with CoderDojo Scotland’s Craig Steele on how digital skills can enhance other interests November 2015

Youtube video about the Digital Makers project we ran with City of Science April 2015

What is CoderDojo? Craig explains here April 2014

Watch us on CBBC Newsround July 2013

We’re in The Guardian December 2012

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In the beginning… 

CoderDojo was initially started in James Whelton’s school in early 2011 when James received some publicity after hacking the iPod Nano and some younger students expressed an interest in learning how to code. He setup a computer club in his school (PBC Cork) where he started teaching basic HTML and CSS. Later that year he met Bill Liao, a entrepreneur and philanthropist, who was interested in growing the project into something bigger than just an after-school computer club.

The Dojo is born… 

In June 2011 the first CoderDojo was launched in the National Software Centre in Cork where CoderDojo saw extreme success. The Cork Dojo saw people travelling from Dublin frequently to attend sessions. Owing to this popularity a Dublin Dojo was launched soon after in Google’s Montevetro building. The increasing success led to setting up more Dojos around Ireland and subsequently around the world. There are now Dojos located in San Francisco, Dublin, London, Rome, Tokyo and everywhere in between!