CoderDojo Navan September 2016 Session

The remaining event tickets are now open to the public for Saturdays CoderDojo.

Please note that ticketing is now with the CoderDojo foundation and there are now new steps to complete before you can book your ticket:

Register as a user (parents details if the child is under 13)
Register your childs details (if registered as a parent)
Once you have registered you will be brought back to the ticketing page
There you can book your Youth ticket.
Tickets are for children ONLY. Please do not book a ticket in an adults name.

**IMPORTANT*
This is a ticketed ONLY event. Admittance to the session will only be by producing a valid printed ticket.

If the event you want is fully booked, please DO NOT book your child into a different event as there is seating ONLY for the ticketed children at each session. You will also be preventing another child attending a class that they would like to be at.

Tickets can be obtained from https://zen.coderdojo.com/dojo/ie/meath/unity-centre-windtown-navan-co-meath/navan

We are BACK after the summer break on Sat 10th September.

We hope you all had a happy and enjoyable summer break and got to enjoy some of the sun and fresh air. Now that September has rolled in we are back and ready to get going again.

We will now be holding our Dojo sessions for 6 consecutive Saturdays from Sat 10th Sept for a 2 hour session during a 4 hour window 11am – 3pm each week, instead of once a month. The actual times have been determined by the mentor leading each particular class. Therefore some classes will be 11am -1pm, others 12noon – 2pm and some 1pm – 3pm. In the new year there will then be another 6 week block of courses on offer in February (dates tbc).

Given the volunteer nature of the Dojo, it is requested that those signing up for a course, do so with the intention of attending all 6 Saturdays in recognition of the time being given by our volunteer mentors. The students that attend all dates will then be awarded a course completion certificate.

As well as ‘Scratch‘ (11am – 1pm each week) which is coding for beginners and younger students, we are now offering the following more advanced courses specifically targeting older kids that have perhaps attended in the past or are self-taught and wish to broaden their skills in any of the following areas.

  • Website Design – Do you have a hobby or want to share your interests? Then share these and more on your very own website. Learn how to create web pages in HTML and design each page using CSS for layouts, fonts, colours etc., With this knowledge you can then build and share your website on the web.
  • User Interface (UI) Design – Bring your app, game or web page to life by creating graphical user interfaces that engage and inspire people. Users need to feel comfortable with the system they are using and it needs to respond accordingly, i.e buttons should behave like buttons and aliens should wiggle. Using free tools like Inkscape and GIMP, learn to take your blank canvas and put your ideas to life in a way that people enjoy.
  • Python – Want to create a new gaming experience by exploring the magical world of Minecraft programming. You’ve probably beaten the creepers, traveled deep into caves and maybe even gone to The End and back – but have you ever transformed a sword into a magic wand? Built a palace in the blink of an eye? Designed your own colour-changing disco dance floor? Learn do this and more in Minecraft with the power of Python!
  • Dev Ops – (Development/Operations) – All websites sit on servers and Dev Ops are the people who put up and manage the websites online. Learn to use tools for controlling the website code/web app using Git, deploying code to servers, using linux, server administration and open source and it’s benefits. All to ensure that your website stays online and is easy to maintain.

For all courses except ‘Scratch’, students should already be familiar with basic computer functions such as downloading, opening files, saving information to different locations and basic keyboard skills.

There will be limited spaces for each course. Our regulars and those on our waiting list shall be contacted by email over the coming days with any available places thereafter announced here, on our Facebook page, and on our CoderDojo page on www.coderdojo.com

If you are interested in any taking part or if you are interested in mentoring or offering your skills as a speaker to a class for a one off workshop on specialised software (such as Photoshop, Autocad, etc) or hardware workshop, please email us on [email protected]

 

February 2016 – Tickets now available

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Our next session is next Saturday the 13th of February. Tickets are being released to our existing members for our classes which will be divided over morning and afternoon sessions.

Our current plan is:

Morning classes:

  • Beginners Scratch
  • Improvers Scratch
  • HTML
  • Arduino

Afternoon classes:

  • Beginners Scratch
  • Improvers Scratch
  • Open Class
  • App Inventor

These classes are STRICTLY ticketed admittance only.

The Beginners Scratch classes are suitable for complete beginners to Scratch and when they have completed the course and are comfortable with the basics they can move onto the Improvers class.

The Improvers Scratch class is suitable for those children who have a basic understanding of Scratch and are keen to learn more.

The App Inventor class is a follow on for experienced Scratch’ers who want to design cool Apps for the Android phone or Tablet.

The HTML/Java Script class is a Web Design course. Children must be EXPERIENCED coders to apply for this course.

The Arduino class offers experienced coders the opportunity to create cool interactive projects with the Arduino using C++ and Ardublock.

The Open Class combines Android apps (App Inventor) with electronics (Arduino circuits) to create some interesting “internet of things” projects. In addition, a mentor driven environment shall be provided to experienced coders who are interested in working on their own projects (HTML, APP Inventor, etc.).

For kids that have completed our beginners Scratch classes they are invited to join our second session which takes place on 4th Saturday of the month. The second session is currently group work where the kids work on projects that they create as a group within their class topic ie Scratch, App Inventor, HTML and Arduino.

If you wish to join our group please send an email to [email protected] where we can put you into our waiting list for spare tickets that become available should our regular attendees not require them. If your child wishes to join any of the ‘non beginners Scratch’ classes, please ask first as they may be joining a class that has progressed further than your child’s current ability.

Please remember that these classes are STRICTLY ticketed admittance only.

Coder Dojo 2nd Session – Tickets Available

Eventbrite tickets have now been released for our new second session on November 28th and have been emailed to our members. The session will take place in the morning only between 10am and 1pm. There will be no structured classes for these second monthly sessions but shall be mentor guided, as this session is intended to encourage coding Ninja’s to further develop their programming skills and to develop projects by working primarily in groups within their coding skill-set.

These sessions are initially intended only for those who have completed the beginners classes at our regular monthly session and so unfortunately will not be released to new members for the time being.

Tickets for the event can booked at https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/coderdojo-navan-second-session-for-november-please-note-new-premises-tickets-19672615322

We look forward to seeing you there.

November 2015 – Tickets now available

Tickets are now available for Saturday 14th November, 2015.

Before booking please read the following:

  • Please book the TICKET in your child’s name not your own!!
  • One ticket per child attending.
  • Please bring along a printed ticket and completed registration form with you on the day of session.
  • If you are a first time coder then scratch is the session for you.
  • You must have scratch downloaded onto your laptop PRIOR to session.
  • You will need a laptop with a mouse on the day along with a charger for your laptop

Please click on link below to book:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/coderdojo-navan-november-2015-session-unity-centre-tickets-19472785626 

September 2015 – Tickets now available

Tickets are now available for Saturday 12th September, 2015.

Before booking, please read the following:

  • Please book the TICKET in your child’s name not your own!!
  • One ticket per child attending.
  • Please bring along a printed ticket and completed registration form with you on the day of session.
  • If you are a first time coder then scratch is the session for you.
  • You must have scratch downloaded onto your laptop PRIOR to session.
  • You will need a laptop with a mouse on the day along with a charger for your laptop

Please click on link below to book:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/coderdojo-navan-september-2015-session-tickets-18489318048

May and June Sessions

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATES for May and June CoderDojo Navan sessions

The original planned dates for the Dojo have been changed as follows:

Was May 9th, NOW MAY 16th
Was June 13th, NOW JUNE 20th

(Tickets will be released as normal during the week before each scheduled date)

Please also be aware that if any of your children were planning to enter a project in the Coolest Projects competition on June 13th in the RDS, that the closing date for receipt of entries is Sunday 10th May. See http://coolestprojects.org/rules-guidelines/faq/ for more information.

Don’t worry if you have not fully completed your project, enter it and you can show the parts of the project that are working. The Coolest Projects event is all about the experience and learning gained from participating and showcasing what you’ve created at the awards.

CoderDojo Navan is a cool, free environment where kids can learn how to program, build websites, animated characters and games.