On Saturday February 4th we held our fifth Turing House CoderDojo, and it was our biggest yet, with 66 young people, and their adults, registered to take part. It was also our noisiest Dojo to date – the Raspberry Pi crew were making traffic lights, complete with pedestrian crossing beeps!
Our regular Scratch and Python projects, courtesy of Code Club, were as popular as ever, with animated rock bands, dodgeball games, rock-paper-scissors, and turtle races being just some of the creations. Special mention goes to the opera-singing squirrel, which we think could definitely start a trend, though it competed with some equally interesting looking specimens at the fictional zoos being showcased by participants in our Web Development activity.
Of course our Dojos are very dependent on a dedicated and enthusiastic team of volunteers. This time we welcomed Llewelyn, who ran a new robotics activity, with our young coders manipulating and controlling an articulated arm and claw to pick up objects. He was one of three mentors helping out on Saturday who are actively looking into setting up new Dojos in other parts of London, including Ealing and Wandsworth. It’s great to see the CoderDojo model expanding, and if you are interested in getting involved let us know!