Coder Dojo Orange County
Coderdojo is a global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology.
At a CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught at by volunteers. Dojos organize tours of technology companies, bring in guest speakers to talk about their career and what they do, and organise events. In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and so on. CoderDojo makes development and learning to code a fun, sociable, kick ass experience. CoderDojo also puts a strong emphasis on open source and free software, and has a strong network of members and volunteers globally.
CoderDojo has just one rule: “Above All: Be Cool”, bullying, lying, wasting people’s time and so on is uncool.
Video from the founder of Coder Dojo.
CoderDojo is a not-for-profit organization founded by James Whelton and Bill Liao. It was first started in James Whelton’s school in early 2011 when James received some publicity after hacking the iPod Nano and some younger students expressed an interest in learning how to code. He set up a computer club in his school (PBC Cork) where he started teaching basic HTML and CSS. Later that year he met Bill Liao, a entrepreneur and philanthropist, who was interested in growing the project into something bigger than just an after-school computer club. In June 2011 the first CoderDojo was launched in the National Software Centre in Cork where CoderDojo saw extreme success. The Cork Dojo saw people travelling from Dublin frequently to attend sessions. Owing to this popularity a Dublin Dojo was launched soon after in Google’s Montevetro building. The increasing success leading to setting up more Dojos around Ireland and subsequently around the world.
CoderDojo OC was founded by Michael Sawitz, Ounie Phakousonh and Da Phakousonh in Spring 2013 and is hosted at FastStart.Studio.
We Need Your Help
We need your help CrowdLocal to buy computers and laptops for the kids to use at our dojo in Orange County, CA.
We are looking to raise $2,500 to buy Computers and Laptops for the kids. Kids are required to bring their own laptops but we turn away many kids because some kids don’t have laptops or we didn’t have enough extra computers or laptops for them to use. We usually have about 30-40 kids at each of our past Coder Dojo sessions. However, we have over 300 kids signed up for our Coder Dojo mailing/waiting list.
With your help we can buy at least 4 laptops. With the additional funds we would like to also buy some MaKey Makey. We use Scratch as a introduction program to teach the kids to code.
The Scratch programming environment extends the kindergarten method of learning to the computer screen. By grabbing, dragging and snapping puzzle pieces together, one can draw pictures, tell fairy tales, build castles, play sounds and rhythm, and create games — activities that reinforce and perfect the ability to think inventively and work together effectively while fine tuning programming competence and artistic talent.
We want to make learning even more fun by adding MaKey Makey with Scratch. We want to show kids that programming can be fun.
MaKey MaKey – An Invention Kit for Everyone
We hope you can contribute and donate to our campaign and help develop the future kids and tech leaders of Orange County.
“We owe it to our children to be able to teach them to understand code in a world where almost everything that they interact with on a daily basis will have some foundation in coding,” -Rosalyn Knapp