Adding a pinch of robotics to the mix …

Our third Turing House Dojo took place on Saturday June 9th, and with our small army of enthusiastic mentors, two brand new activities, and perfectly tuned air-conditioning, we were well equipped to compete with the glorious summer sunshine outside.

We introduced robotics, using some of the Lego Mindstorms kit and exciting projects that Turing House recently used in the national finals of the EEP Robotics Challenge.  Special thanks go to the school’s facilities manager, Mr Jones, for clearing out a store room, to give our robots lots of space to play!

Pieter from Kode.Farm Computer School made his CoderDojo mentoring debut with an instantly popular JavaScript Platform Game activity. Participants learnt how to animate and control a game character, how to enable physics in game elements like gravity, velocity, bounce and friction, how to detect when elements in the game collide with one another, and more.

Our regular Scratch activity was as popular as ever with our younger Dojo participants, our website developers got creative with their fictional zoo activity, and last, but certainly not least, our Python coders got stuck into a whole raft of fun projects, from beginner to intermediate level.

Thank-you to everyone who helped to make the event successful, including Artis from Joskos (whose technical support included popping out for new microphone batteries) and, of course, the wonderful Turing House Friends who kept everyone supplied with beverages and biccies.

The next Turing House Dojo is Saturday October 7th.  Find out more here.

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Dojo 2 and the online zoo …

On Saturday Jan 4th 2017 we welcomed 52 children to our second community Coder Dojo event. 

This time, as well as Scratch, Python and Raspberry Pi, we added a Web Development activity, with participants creating their very own website for a fictional zoo.  Thank you to everyone who helped to make the afternoon so successful. Our next event will be in the Summer Term, so please join our Mailing List if you would like to hear when tickets are available.

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And we have lift off! ….

The first Turing House CoderDojo took place on Saturday November 5th 2016, with 46 young people, from 14 local schools getting stuck into some creative coding.  There were activities on offer for beginners, as well as more experienced coders. 

The Arduino group were making battery testers, the Intermediate Python group built a Wall Ball game, and our Scratch coders were creating everything from Rock Band animations to Beat the Goalie competitions.  This was all made possible by an enthusiastic group of volunteer mentors, many of whom are professional software engineers.

Thanks to Joskos Solutions, who provided technical support for the event, and also to the Turing House Friends who served up some very welcome refreshments.  We’re looking forward to many more Dojos in the future!

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Calling all Coders!

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.

About CoderDojo:

CoderDojo is a worldwide community of non-profit, volunteer-led, free computer programming clubs.

At a Dojo, young people between 7 and 17, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology using freely available tools such as Scratch, HTML, Javascript, Python, Rasberry Pi and more.

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.

About Mentoring:

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: