Is CoderDojo suitable for me / or someone I know?

CoderDojo is for anyone who wants to learn how to: program computers and mobile phones, build robots, build websites, hang out with people who think that doing that type of thing is cool…

Am I smart or experienced enough?

We have people who have never used a computer through to those who have sold their own programs and everything in between. As long as you’ve got an interest we’re sure you can learn everything else.

What ages does a ninja have to be to attend?

Dojo is suitable 7 – 17

What is a ninja?

A Ninja is a young person who attends a dojo.

Does a parent/guardian need to stay?

Yes for anyone under 12 a parent/guardian must stay, we encourage parent/guardians to get involved and help the ninja as they learn.

How do I get tickets?

To receive an invitation for tickets add your email to the class announcements list on our website we’ll send out notifications of tickets a few days ahead of each session. We also post to Facebook.

Do I need to book a ticket if I’ve attended a previous session?

Yes, due to the high demand on places you must book a ticket for each session.

How often does CoderDojo run?

Usually every second Saturday from 2:30PM – 4:30PM join our email list for notifications.

How much is it to attend?

Sessions are free for everyone to attend. Mentors give up their time for free. 

What type of streams/courses are there?

We currently focus on Scratch for all levels, a programming language designed for young people. However if a ninja wishes to learn something else we are more than happy to support and we actively encourage ninjas to learn other things such as HTML, Python, Arduino and Blender. 

We have ninjas who have built projects using Google AIY, Java (minecraft Modding) and Raspberry Pi too!

What do I need to bring?

  • A fully charged wifi enabled laptop, you’ll need to have the appropriate rights to install software too! You can borrow a laptop if you don’t have one, just select the option when booking your place!
  • A drink and snack
  • A parent/guardian, if you’re under 12

What if i don’t have a laptop?

That’s ok, when you’re booking your place use the option to say you need to borrow a laptop! We have a limited number of laptops we can loan out to you so you can join us!

Can I bring a tablet?

Yes you can, unfortunately many of the things we do require a laptop so please make sure you have one too.

Where is it on?

Check the Find us! page!

Are volunteers Garda Vetted?

Yes, all dojo volunteers are garda vetted through the Garda Vetting Unit.

Where can I find the child protection policy?

The child projection policy for our dojo can be found here

Please Remember:

Balbriggan CoderDojo is run by volunteers and as such please be nice, patient and if you can help with sponsorship, laptops, mentoring or any other aspect please let us know