We’re a new CoderDojo group in Teddington, currently recruiting technical volunteers who can spare a Saturday afternoon to encourage young people to experiment with technology.
CoderDojo is a worldwide community of non-profit, volunteer-led, free computer programming clubs.
There is a focus on community, peer-to-peer, self-led and family learning, with an emphasis on helping others.
There are over 850 Dojos in 64 countries worldwide with over 30,000 kids learning to code regularly.
Locally the demand for CoderDojo places far exceeds supply, so with support from the organisers of CoderDojo Ham we are aiming to create a new venue in Teddington at Turing House School.
The Turing House Dojo will run once per term, on a Saturday afternoon, starting in the Autumn of 2016. It will be open to the whole community and be suitable for young people who are new to coding, as well as those with more experience who would like to pick up new skills and help others to learn.
We are building our team of volunteer mentors, so if you have some coding knowledge and would like to help, please get in touch. Our colleagues at the Ham Dojo will be able to provide some training and support for new mentors.
Mentoring could mean leading a coding activity at the Dojo, or supporting another mentor to lead an activity. Each activity is focussed on a small group of young people, accompanied by their parents or carers (many of whom will be learning to code alongside their children).
Suitable activity plans and resources, for a broad range of technologies, are freely available on the CoderDojo Kata website, and experienced mentors are welcome to develop and contribute their own material if they wish to do so.
For potential mentors who don’t already have a DBS certificate then CoderDojo has an arrangement with STEMNET for arranging vetting through their School Ambassador scheme.
If you would like to find out more about volunteering for the Turing House Dojo team, please get in touch using the contact form below: