As our Coder Dojo sessions have come to a stop for now, we wanted to make a short post about our experience of being involved in such a great movement. We firmly believe that everyone can benefit from learning to code or even understanding it. What better time to start learning than when you're young, to make the most use of the ability to learn and pick up new things at lightning fast speeds.
We had the pleasure of running a Dojo as part of the Coder Dojo movement in our offices in Bluebell for over 21 weeks. During this time, we saw some faces come and go and some stick with us from the very first session right up to the last. But there was one thing that each of the ninja’s (Coder Dojo’s way of referring to the children who attend a dojo) had in common. That thing was a genuine passion and interest in all things tech and when we say all things – we really mean, all things.
Throughout the Dojo we covered a range of different topics from programming to taking apart and building computers. We started with Scratch programming where the ninjas all made their very own games & animations, then moving on to some HTML where they all made some basic web pages. We moved on to some of the heavier topics such as Java and Python – this is where we were expecting to lose some of the ninja’s interest, however the total opposite happened. There was suddenly an even bigger excitement and energy in the classroom as the ninjas learned to write code in these languages. Starting off with their own little conversation bots they lost themselves in the wonderous world of writing code.
The enthusiasm of writing code was infectious and the comradery which developed between the ninjas when trying each other’s programs out was fantastic. Some of the ninjas who joined were relatively quiet and shy and decided to work on their own during their time in the dojo – however slowly over the 21 weeks it was evident that they were becoming more comfortable in the environment of being surrounded by other ninjas with the same interests. This was very exciting for us and the parents to see as it was clear that friendships were being developed out of joy of learning to write code. Not only was a life skill being developed but also potentially lifelong friendships.
The feedback we received from both the ninjas and their parents was very positive, and we look forward to holding more events of this nature.