The CoderDojo End of Term pack arrived this morning. The postman rung the doorbell and handed me the surprise package. Unfortunately, our school hosted dojo closed for the summer holidays last Friday so the next session will be in mid September. Hopefully, we will kick off the year with a presentation of certificates combined with a promotion event for the dojo.
The End of Year Award Ceremony is taking place on the last day of term, Friday June 29th at 11:00 am. The principal of Saint Attracta’s Senior National School, Iníon Uí Mháirtín, is delighted to include our awards in the ceremony. I have applied for official CoderDojo Certificates for the occasion. It is a special day for 3 of our ninjas as they will be moving onto post-primary and leaving our dojo.
Award badges are coming soon. They will be awarded according to your progress and attendance record. An email will be sent to your parent / guardian with an award code and instructions on how to claim it for your profile.
One of the tasks assigned to the dojo champion is the awarding of badges. Of course, it is said the easiest award to earn is the attendance badge. Not so! Joining a dojo is a commitment to attend as many sessions as possible, to make friends and to share ideas and know-how with your fellow ninjas. Cooperation and inclusion are the binding blocks of the dojo.
We had 27 sessions in this school year, 10 – 9 – 8 according to the length of each school term. Some of you never missed a day and will be awarded the 25 sessions badge, others joined the dojo in January and are only eligible for the 10 sessions badge and finally those of you who joined after Easter will receive the 5 sessions badge. There are no 15 or 20 sessions badges. Ninjas will get a chance to earn the the 25 sessions badge starting next September.
This little fellow crashed into one of the school windows back in 2008. It is a male Gold Crest, Ireland’s smallest bird. You can tell it is a male from the orange (gold) feathers at the back of his crest. You will have to watch the video closely to catch a glimpse.
After his video debut he was placed in a shoe box in a warm dark room to relax and recover from his accident. The club members fed him flies for the rest of the school day.
He made a full recovery and was released back into the school tree line that evening. He immediately flew up into a tree and began to sing to let everyone know he was still around!
Here is a similar story from YouTube. (You may not be able to watch this video on the Irish School Broadband Service depending on your schools filter settings.)
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It was Open Day at Saint Attracta’s Senior National School today. All the ninjas at SASNS dojo introduced parents and future pupils of the school to the newly arrived BBC micro:bit. Scratch and Minecraft were also put through their paces. Most of our demos worked!
The Theremin wasn’t as musical as we thought but it worked first time.
The girls showed the visitors around and demonstrated various activities. Here Scratch is being shown on a Raspberry Pi 3. The boys also worked hard in the background showing off the 8 Ball and Coin Flipper on the microbit.
Raspberry Pi and microbit working side by side. What do you think of our new badges?
Wow! A club kit of 10 BBC micro:bits was a great surprise.
Lots of other goodies arrived including our badges but we were too busy to check it all out so that is a post for another day.
A few parents have asked about the setting up of text alerts, WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook accounts for the dojo for communication and promotion purposes.
The dojo already has a Twitter account https://twitter.com/sasnscoderdojo and it will run in tandem with the website. The website was launched yesterday in the Computer Room in preparation for Open Day 2018. All postings to the website will be tweeted as a link.
The dojo email address is sasnscoderdojo[at]gmail.com – remove [at] and replace with @ when mailing.
In order to have a WhatsApp account or texting for that matter, the dojo would need a dedicated mobile phone number. This would be expensive to run unless a smart phone is donated and the account sponsored.
Champions and mentors are advised to communicate with parents and guardians directly and not to text the ninjas. It is the parents and guardians responsibility to pass on the message.
Eventbrite offer a free event notification service via email. Many private dojos use the service to avoid their calendar of events appearing on the CoderDojo website and thereby attracting outsiders to their closed dojo.
Facebook is open to too much abuse by third parties so the dojo will not have a Facebook account unless a specific tailored child friendly version is released and policed.
This site is for the Saint Attracta’s Senior National School (SASNS) CoderDojo. The Dojo is confined to pupils of the school. Places are limited!
If you would like to join a dojo check out UCD CoderDojo by clicking on this link https://zen.coderdojo.com/register/account?referer=%2Fdojos%2Fie%2Fdublin%2Fdublin-ucd
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