What is CoderDojo?

CoderDojo is a volunteer led, global movement of free computer coding clubs for young people.
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In 2015 CoderDojo Nelson joined CoderDojo Porirua and CoderDojo Invercargill as New Zealand’s third CoderDojo. We aim to give girls and boys from ages 7 upwards the opportunity to learn computer coding in a fun and friendly environment.

Find out more about the global movement at coderdojo.com

What is Code Club?

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Code Club is another network of free computer coding clubs for young people with similar objectives to CoderDojo but has a larger network of clubs in New Zealand than CoderDojo. Code Club is part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. In 2016 CoderDojo Nelson also became affiliated with Code Club Aotearoa while retaining our affiliation with the CoderDojo Foundation.

CoderDojo and Code Club together

In May 2017 the CoderDojo Foundation announced that they will be joining forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the parent organisation of Code Club, in a merger that will give many more young people the opportunity to learn how to code and create. This merger will support the Foundation in becoming a stronger, more sustainable and resilient organisation.

Who is it for?

As a global organisation, CoderDojo targets young people between the ages on 7 and 17. At the moment we have kids between the ages of 7 and 15 years attending but would also like to encourage older teenagers to attend. No previous experience with computers is required.

Are parents required to attend?

We recommend that younger children be accompanied by a parent or care-giver. Children that can self-manage may be left as long as a you provide us with your emergency contact details and a signedconsent form.

When and where?

The club will meet at NMIT in Nelson on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8pm. We will use NMIT computers so you do not need to bring your own.

What does it cost?

Nothing. CoderDojo is run by volunteers and NMIT are providing the facilities free of charge.

What topics are covered at a CoderDojo session?

For absolute beginners we start with Code Studio where the kids learn some of the basic concepts by connecting blocks of code together to solve puzzles. Once the children have some basic coding concepts we have them work on Scratch which is a fun and easy to learn drag and drop programming language designed for teaching programming to kids. We have also introduced JavaScript, Python and Raspberry Pi in 2016. We may introduce other topics as we go along depending on the interests of the children and knowledge of our volunteer mentors. The basic idea at CoderDojo is that each child works at their own individual pace, guided by the mentors, and shares their achievements and enthusiasm with the other children.