Free event open to children aged 7 to 17 accompanied by a parent or carer.
Please only book one ticket for each child.
Four cool activities this time: Python, Scratch, Lego Mindstorm Robotics and Arduino. We operate a separate waiting list to book places on the Arduino session - email us if you'd like to join it.
If in doubt about which ticket type or activity to choose, email us for advice :-)
An ideal way to get started with coding and have amazing fun building video games and animations, with all the help you need. If you have done some Scratch before, we’ve a great choice of projects to make; or develop your own game concept with the help of our wizard mentors.
Bring your own laptop if you have one, or else book a Club machine.
If you already know Scratch and can type ok, now’s the time to try this powerful grown-up scripting language (and have fun too!) by creating guessing games, interactive jokes, fantasy games, noughts & crosses and lots more. We recommend newcomers to coding aged over 12 go straight into Python.
Bring your own laptop if have one, or else book a Club machine.
Lego Mindstorms NXT Robotics
Build robots and get them to interact with the real world! Use 'Scratch for NXT' (Enchanting) to program them. We'll work in pairs to program our robots to listen, touch, move and see... then we'll use what we learn to find objects, navigate mazes, dance to music .. and more. Suitable for ninjas with previous experience of Scratch. Session uses Club laptops and equipment.
Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. Arduino boards are able to read inputs - light on a sensor, a finger on a button, or a Twitter message - and turn it into an output - activating a motor, turning on an LED, publishing something online. You can tell your board what to do by sending a set of instructions to its microcontroller. The code (called a 'sketch') is very similar to C/C++ so messing around with Arduino is a fun introduction to these languages without many of the complexities. Suitable for Year 5 and above.
Arduinos provided but you should bring your own laptop if have one, or else book a Club machine.
Terms of participation:
A parent or carer must accompany their child/children throughout the session and take responsibility for them and for their belongings while on Ham & Petersham Youth Centre premises. Being cool means no bullying, lying or wasting people's time. Please show respect for the Centre's equipment and building; and have consideration for others at all times.
When & Where
CoderDojo Ham Richmond
This is the local CoderDojo for kids aged 7 to 17 in Ham, Richmond, North Kingston and surrounding areas. We aim to run our Dojo at least monthly during term time, so join our mailing list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter @CoderDojoHam.
CoderDojo is an open source, volunteer-led global movement running free coding clubs for youngsters. At Dojos, they learn how to develop websites, apps, and games; or program robots and other electronic devices. Dojos are set up and led by volunteers. In addition to learning to code, members meet like-minded people and share their coolest projects with 'show and tell' sessions. Our aim is to make development and learning to code a fun and sociable experience. The youngsters must be accompanied throughout the session by their parent or carer.