24th Oct 2018


Welcome to all the new people joining us this term and welcome back to our regular coders!

Here are the activities that each group will be working on today:
(If you are new to CoderDojo and have little or no previous experience coding you can start in the Newcomer’s group. Talk to a leader if you are not sure what group you should be in.)


If you are new to CoderDojo and new to computer programming this is where you start:

Go to Newcomers Activities

Scratch 1 (Beginner)

This group is for people who want to learn Scratch but have never done it before or who have only done a little bit of Scratch.

First step is to sign up for a Scratch account. (if you already have one, just go ahead and sign in). You will need an email address, you can use a parents email if you don’t have your own email address. Ask someone for help if you get stuck.

Go to the Scratch website: scratch.mit.edu

Monster Feelings

Ok, now you are signed in to Scratch and ready to start your first Scratch project. Click on the link below and follow the instructions in the videos.

Click here for instructions for the Monster Feelings project

Scratch 2 (Intermediate & Advanced)

1. Making sprites go off screen

You may have already noticed that when you try to make a sprite go off the screen it stops at the edge and a little bit of the sprite is still visible. Watch this video to learn a useful technique for getting sprites to go off-screen:

Create a new Scratch project and experiment with the techniques shown in the video.

2. Make an animation where the sprites go off and on screen

Use the technique that you learned in the video to make an animation (ANYTHING YOU WANT BUT IT HAS TO BE REALLY AWESOME!) where sprites go on and off the screen.

Web Development (HTML, CSS & JavaScript)

Already have some experience with HTML and CSS?

If you already have some experience with HTML and CSS, let’s start by reviewing CSS with this course on Codecademy (create an account if you don’t already have one):
A Closer Look at CSS

Starting for the first time?

If you are new to web development lets start with this introductory course on Khan Academy (create an account if you don’t already have one):
Course overview and get started

Introduction to Robotics

This session is run by Nathalie. An introduction to robotics using mBot robot kits and a block programming language called mBlock which is similar to Scratch.

Introduction to Robotics session information

Raspberry Pi (with Microcontrollers and other cool stuff)

A collaborative group exploring how computers can interact with the outside world through a range of sensors and controllers. Primarily we’ll be using the Raspberry Pi (http://raspberrypi.org) computer in conjunction with Arduinos (http://arduino.cc) and along the way we’ll learn about Python, C and C++ programming, digital and analogue electronics and about working together.

Electronics, Microcontrollers and Raspberry Pi session information