HOW DOES ONE SET UP A DOJO?

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‘To start with you need to have a ‘Cham­pion’ – es­sen­tially the project man­ager who is go­ing to take the ini­tia­tive to say, ‘Yes, this is what I’m go­ing to do for the kids of my com­mu­nity’,’ says Guistina.

Step two is build­ing a team: putting to­gether a set of vol­un­teer men­tors who are tech­ni­cally qual­i­fied plus a few other who are just happy to get in­volved and get things done.

Step three is de­cid­ing on a venue. It could be a li­brary, a com­mu­nity cen­tre, a cor­po­rate area – any place that has chairs and ta­bles for lap­tops or com­put­ers and where peo­ple can sit around and talk and work.

Step four in­volves reg­is­ter­ing the dojo on­line with CoderDojo. You can then have a Twit­ter han­dle and a Face­book page. The cham­pion can de­cide how of­ten to have ses­sions. Gen­er­ally, in new do­jos, it is once a month. But once it gets go­ing, you can con­sider hav­ing one ev­ery fort­night.

‘CoderDojo has a team of com­mu­nity sup­port per­son­nel that is on hand to an­swer ques­tions, help you at any time, an­swer queries you might have… It is non-cur­ricu­lum based but the par­ent dojo has a huge amount of re­sources which is avail­able to get started and move for­ward,’ says Guistina.

Com­mu­nity fo­rums are also on hand to learn and glean tips and to seek guid­ance and help. More in­for­ma­tion, re­sources and tips to set up a dojo at coderdojo.com

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