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Mentor at a CoderDojo
Use our resources to run a Design Club track at a CoderDojo, or email us about helping an existing team.
What is CoderDojo?
CoderDojo is a network of free, volunteer-led computer programming clubs for young people.
How a Dojo works
How a Dojo works
Dojos usually run on a Saturday afternoon in offices or public spaces. Times below are indicative. Each Dojo varies.
13:15 – 14:00
13:15 – 14:00
Mentors arrive and setup
  • Mentors setup up projects at different tables
  • For example, HTML, Scratch, Python (and Design Club)
14:00 – 15:00
14:00 – 15:00
Children arrive and start projects
  • Children pick which track they want to join
  • Mentors offer guidance as needed
15:00 – 15:15
15:00 – 15:15
Break
  • Children and mentors are encouraged to take a break
  • Sometimes children are in the zone and skip break
15:15 – 16:15
15:15 – 16:15
Children continue working
  • Children carry on with their projects
  • A mentor checks which children want to "show and tell"
16:15 – 17:00
16:15 – 17:00
Show and tell
  • Children take it in turns to "show and tell" their work
  • It's good to stick around and be supportive
17:00
17:00
Pack up
What you need to run Design Club at a Dojo
1
A Dojo
If you run a Dojo, grab our resources. Alternatively, See how to connect with a Dojo below.
2
A team of mentors
You'll need a lead mentor and support mentors. We recommend a ratio of 1 mentor to 4 children.
3
Our resources
We're developing resources to run Design Club tracks, including worksheets and delivery guides.
How to connect with a Dojo
1. Find a Dojo
Go to the CoderDojo website and use their map to find a Dojo to mentor at.
2. Contact the Dojo
Find the email address of the Dojo. Email them using our email template.
3. Wait to hear back
Don't want to wait? Go along to a Dojo and take along our resources.
What's expected of mentors
For the lead mentor toolkit, access our resources.
A lead mentor is expected to:
  • Make sure everything is ready to run a Design Club
  • Coordinate a small team of mentors
  • Support our development by sending us feedback
All mentors are expected to:
  • Guide children through activities
  • Encourage reflection and design thinking mindsets
  • Create a fun learning environment
Design Club offers a unique view on the technical space for kids, giving them a broader view of what technical design and implementation means. Design Club is by far my most favourite material to teach kids!
Hekla Helgadottir
Graduate Engineer at American Express & Director CoderDojo London CIC
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