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.

Social Media Links Missing!

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 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] – 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.