Coolest Projects International 2019

It is that time of year again!

Online Registration is now open for Coolest Projects International 2019 in the RDS Dublin next May. Parents/Guardians will need to login with their CoderDojo account details to register and complete the proposed project details.

The event takes place in the RDS Main Hall, Dublin, on the 5th of May 2019.
Unfortunately, that Saturday is also the start of the May Bank Holiday weekend so check your calendar.
This is also the shortest project preparation period since the event began so decide what you or your group want to submit. Then submit the project outline as soon as possible, you can always change it later.

Entrants can submit projects previously entered in other educational events.
Only one project can be entered by a ninja or group.
Check out the rest of the Rules and Regulations, they are straight forward and easy to read.

Admission is free and it is always a great family day out.

EU Code Week 2018 with micro:bits

EU Code Week 2018

We decided to to have EU Code Week in our dojo this week. Our mentor brought some new ideas back from MegaDojo 2018 in Maynooth last Saturday. We put otheBBC micro:bits we received from DoderDojo HQ to the test.

We checked out all the built-in sensors and carried out a few simple tasks using a tiny bit of code.

SASNS ninjas on a micro:bit challenge

A few simple lines of code and we could get the micro:bit to read the room temperature and light level.

Checking the temperature and light level at the door using a micro:bit

The light reading changed to 248 at the door and 93 under the workststion. The temperature dropped by 3 degrees at the door.

It was great fun! Did you know you can make a simple FitBit with a BBC micro:bit?

Open Day at SASNS

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?

It was great timing! Our dojo Starter Pack arrived just in time and we put what we had learned on borrowed BBC micro:bits into practice using our new kit.

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.