CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. We are the Altona North (Melbourne, Australia) chapter of this amazing initiative!
At CoderDojo Altona North, young people aged between 7 and 17, learn how to code (Scratch, Python, etc.), interact with the real world using sensors and the Arduino, develop programs on the Raspberry Pi, develop websites and mobile apps, create simple programs, design and develop games, build and program robots including exploring various aspects of technology in an informal, safe, and creative environment.
In addition to learning to code, exploring the basics of electronics and robotics, attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to a world of possibilities of technology. An individuals creativity is the only limit.
At CoderDojo Altona North our aim is to Ignite, Inspire and Create. We strongly believe that every child is a born maker. What she/he needs is the right environment to Ignite those interests and Inspire them to Create. At CoderDojo Altona North there is a strong focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning, with an emphasis on showing how coding, making and hacking is a force for change in the world.
We might consider folowing a syllabus where it makes sense, especially with our young makers who are getting started. With the more experienced makers we will let the kids choose what they want to work on, and the mentors guide and help them along their journey of discovery into the world of technology.
You can read more about the CoderDojo movement at CoderDojo.com.
To attend the sessions please visit the “Registration” page. Admission to CoderDojo Altona North sessions are wait-listed and parents are required to request an enrollment using the “Registration” link provided. Please DO NOT book tickets through Eventbrite (ticket booking and administration service), Eventbrite is used for marketing purposes ONLY. Enrollments are confirmed at the start of the term through email and is offered on first come first served basis. Unfortunately waiting times can be between 1-4 school terms (~1 schooling year). As you might have already found out, the number of codeclubs here in Melbourne are shockingly low. As a non-commercial (non funded) volunteer organization we are very limited in what we can offer the community at this point (in terms of spaces in class), but we do our best given all the constraints.
Drop us a note at dojo at hack2 dot live if you have any questions.