End of Season Awards & Tracktion F1 Exhibition

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Congratulations to all our Ninjas that earned their first award in the Carrick-On-Shannon CoderDojo this term. Belts were awarded to all our ninjas that have shown commitment and enthusiasm by attending to at least six Dojo sessions during our first year. On our last session before our summer break our Ninjas presented their projects for the Coolest Project Competition Awards, which is taken place this Saturday June 13th in the RDS in Dublin.

Also during our final session in The Hive we were delighted to have the TrackTion Formula 1 team who give a brilliant presentation on their work and their entry for the world’s finals of the Formula 1 in Schools Competitions. We wish them every success in this event which is taking place in Singapore from the 13th to the 16th of September.

We going to be busy planning all the activities and projects for our second year in CarrickDojo as there’s so much to do and show. We will be back in September and we want  to be back bigger and better than ever!

Thank you again for all your help and commitment through the year.

Here’s some pics from our last session:

Microsoft MasterClass & CarrickDojo New Term

Our next CarrickDojo will be starting next Saturday! Stay tuned to get your tickets tomorrow, Tuesday @4:00p.m. !! We have new projects to work with and lots of new ideas and challenges to face!

In our last session before Easter, on the Saturday 28th of March, we had a joint Dojo with BoyleCoderDojo. We brought XXI century technology into King House, the fantastic Georgian Mansion built in the early 1700’s.

Stephen Howell, Microsoft Ireland’s Academic Engagement Manager, came to give a lively and interesting master class about some of Microsoft’s coolest new tools. He gave us a demonstration of how the Scratch Sprite can be controlled by our body movements and we had some Ninjas playing the Space Invaders game, just by moving their arms left and right and putting their hands in the air! It was amazing, we all know now how we could start building our own Xbox Kinect games with Scratch. It was an inspiration that give us lots of ideas to bring to the Scratch sessions.

Stephen also showed us Microsoft’s new gaming creation environment called Project Spark and the latest game creation environment and the game development tool Touch Develop for creating games for touch devices.

It was a great day organised by Boyle and Carrick on Shannon on Coderdojo. The event was supported by Roscommon Leader Network and Bank of Ireland where around 60 Ninjas and Mentors from Carrick and Boyle together discovered new ideas and cool technology! Thank you all for supporting the event.

You can grab the code and have a play with Stephen Code HERE. Anyone got a Kinect we can borrow!?

Computer Donations

We would link to thank Dynamic Futures and Lisa Thorne, a London, UK client of one of our mentors for the very generous donation of second hand desktop computers which arrived in the Hive this week. We’ve got 5 working computers with decent specs and have installed fresh operating systems on them ready for use.

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We need some peripherals so the ninjas can use them for coding so if anyone has any keyboards, mice and monitors lying around, please get in touch.

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Term Break Review

Our first five-week sessions have finished and we want to continue improving the sessions in CarrickDojo. We would appreciate it if you could please take a moment to complete a short survey at the link below:

Go to http://goo.gl/PtsbgL

REMEMBER!! We are not running this Saturday the 21st due to Mentor training. Our next session will be held on the 28th of February and we will be increasing the number of tickets for the next sessions, as well as introducing new programs.

We are now collecting your feedback to make sure we’re on track.  New changes for the next sessions will be announced next week. Please send us your suggestions! They are important to us.

Thank you all for your support and  looking forward to seeing you all in the new term !!

The CarrickDojo Team

 

Tickets Available at 4pm Tuesday

We’d like to announce that tickets will go on sale at 4:00 pm Tuesday for the next session. Please keep the following URL to book it.

This URL which will remain constant for all following sessions: www.CarrickDojo.Eventbrite.ie

If you set a reminder to visit the above URL at 4:00pm each Tuesday you won’t need to wait for an email or announcement via Facebook, Twitter etc. We  are trying to accommodate as many people as possible, however tickets will go fast as we have had huge demand.  Stay Tune!

The Carrick-on-Shannon CoderDojo Team

2nd Session Sold Out

All tickets for this Saturdays (24th Jan) session are now sold out but you can get yourself on the waiting list if you missed out. There were cancellations last week so worth being on the list. Go here to add yourself:

Carrickdojo.Eventbrite.ie

Also, registration is still open for ninjas:

CarrickDojo.com/Ninjas/

 

First Session complete!

We had our first Carrick-on-Shannon Coder Dojo session in the Hive on Saturday. Thanks to all the kids who showed up. Everything ran smoothly. Feedback from the kids and parents has been great and we’re looking for ward to the next one. We covered the basics of Scratch game programming over 2 rooms. Here’s are some photos from the day:

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Tickets Available for First Session!

Tickets are now available for our first Coder Dojo session from 2:30pm to 4pm this Saturday 17th January in the Hive Carrick-on-Shannon. Visit our Booking page to book or click the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/carrick-on-shannon-coderdojo-term-1-tickets-14347215909

Tickets for each session need to be booked in advance and will be made available 5 days before the Sat session. Because we are over subscribed, tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and we ask that if you can’t make it, you let us know as soon as possible so we can allocate you tickets to our waiting list.

See you soon!

Big Thank You to Breffni!

Last week we completed the 5 week CoderDojo pilot program in Breffni Resource Center. During this time, the kids involved learned to make few games using scratch.

From CarrickDojo, we want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all ninjas and parents involved in the Pilot during the last 5 weeks. The pilot was Sponsored by the Breffni Resource Center who has been a fantastic help in supporting us with the venue and the Garda vetting process for our mentors.

We want to send a special thank you to Hayley and her team for all their help with the start-up of CoderDojo in  Carrick on Shannon. We wouldn’t be  here today without their support.

The pilot went very good and kids  enjoyed learning to make games and animations using Scratch. During these pilot, we have also worked with  Autistic Services Ireland and a group of teenagers from this association have also been learning the programming skills.  It has been a great experience for everyone.

Here are some of their testimonials:

“I came here to learn basics because I didn’t know anything about scratch. I love the moving backgrounds and the way you can change the scenes. I definitely will be back in January.” 

– Rebecca Murphy from Mohill.

“I have really enjoyed the pilot. I have learned lots and enjoyed every day. I would really recommend it to other boys to come back in January to CoderDojo.”

– Liam Kears from Knockvicar, Boyle.

Lastly, we want to mention all the mentors that have participated on the Pilot and all the new mentors in the team,  It’s been great to see so many people involved in teaching this fantastic skill to our children.

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Also, thank you to all the mentors for their voluntary work during 2014

 

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Carrick Coder Dojo has a home!

We have just received confirmation that the full Coder Dojo in January will be based in Leitrim’s Technology Enterprise center, The Hive in the heart of Carrick-on-Shannon!

We are delighted the Hive have agreed to sponsor us by providing a much needed venue after several other venues in Carrick were unable to commit and it was looking like we’d have to move outside of the town. The Hive is the perfect location for something like a Coder Dojo as it is home to many current IT businesses from the area and it has excellent facilities including flexible office space, high speed broadband & WiFi and a great entrepreneurial bias. Hopefully some of our Carrick Ninjas will some day be running their own IT businesses from the Hive!

Thanks to Colm and Joe at the Hive.

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