CoderDojo Back for Autumn 2015 Term

This Friday (2nd) at 17:30, the Dojo is back.

Info for Kids/Parents

CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people.

At CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more.  In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and as well as developing key critical thinking and problem solving skills. It’s also a lot of fun!

We’ve also pre-booked between now and Christmas, at which point we’ll be taking a small break and will be relaunching in January. Those dates are:

Info for Mentors

Thanks to our recent “mentor drive”, we’ve got lots of new volunteers to help out with running this great programme. (There’s always room for more!)

As part of this new wave of mentors, we’re hosting an induction session this Wednesday between 17:30 and 19:30, sneaking in before the Google Developer Group Meetup (although we can break out into the workshop if discussion continues).

Don’t worry if you’re running late / can’t make it, but it’d be helpful if you could let outreach@farsetlabs.org.uk know if you’re no longer interested and we’ll take you off the mailing list.

This discussion will include:

  • Introductions / Networking (“Hi, I’m $NAME, ask me about $SKILLS, don’t ask me about $FEARS”)
  • Child Protection Policies / Emergency procedures
  • Worksheet / Equipment / Resource overviews
  • Communication preferences
  • Open forum for “cool things we should do”

Farset Outreach 2015/16 – Call for mentors

TL;DR Want to support outreach and education activities at Farset Labs, or just get voluntary sector experience? Sign Up Here!

After a long summer hiatus, CoderDojo is relaunching at Farset Labs, under old management on Friday the 2nd of October from 17:30 to 19:30. We’re also unveiling separate FarsetDojo Twitter and Facebook pages where we’ll be sharing what goes on, so give them a Follow and a Like to keep up to date with the latest Dojo happenings.

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But this post isn’t (just) about that. Farset Labs was built around the idea of exploration and giving back to the wider community, presenting opportunities that people wouldn’t necessarily get a chance to.

Over the past three and a half years, we’ve helped so many people, young and not so young, engage with technology in a much more human way, and we do that on the strength of our mentors.

And basically, we need you!

So, if you’re interested in helping out with CoderDojo, Raspberry Jam, or just want to put your name down on the “call out” list for our outreach events, please take two minutes and fill in the form below. Your contact information will be private and you will only be contacted for relevant outreach activities.

Also you don’t have to be a Farset Labs Member to be a Mentor (but it always helps!), and if you’ve got any questions about Farset’s outreach programmes, give us a shout on outreach@farsetlabs.org.uk

Raspberry Jam visits Derry~Londonderry | 28th March

Farset Labs & CultureTECH are hosting a Raspberry Jam at the Nerve Centre, Derry-Londonderry on Saturday, March 28th, 1pm-5pm as part of Creativity Month!

Raspberry Jam is a rapidly growing global network of user groups that meet every month to support hobbyists, developers, teachers, students, children and families – in fact, anybody that would like to put their Raspberry Pi to good use.

While Raspberry Jam is not endorsed, sponsored or associated with Raspberry Pi or Raspberry Pi products or services, some of our regular members are volunteers for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. At our meetings we have helpful people who can help you with everything you need to get what you want from your Raspberry Pi.

raspberryjam_800This session is suitable for kids of all ages, and no previous knowledge is required. You do not need to have a Raspberry Pi to come to a meeting. In fact, not having a Raspberry Pi is an excellent motive for coming along.

The event is FREE to attend but spaces are very limited so please only book if you can attend and no more than 2 spaces per booking. Thanks!

Get your tickets here

Getting kids excited about Computer Science in Northern Ireland

The following is a combined position paper and call-to-action for a project that many of us have been working on behind the scenes for a long time now, especially Andrew Mulholland who’s taken over the operation of the Raspberry Jam programme.

Andrew and I collaborated on this document to put forward our plans for a school outreach programme built on the experience we’ve gained from running the Jam programme in Belfast for the past two years, including a collaboration between Farset Labs, Digital Circle and W5 that brought teachers together from across the province to share best practice for ICT education, as well as receiving our ‘wisdom’ from running CoderDojo and Jam-like programmes. This programme was assessed DCAL and was very well received but due to personnel changes in some relevant organisations, has not been directly carried on as a full pilot programme.

We hope to change that, and thanks in part to Andrew’s recent successes at the TalkTalk Digital Hero awards, as well as working over the summer with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, we’ve secured match funding up to £4,000 to support the proposed programme.

But we need your help to drum up the rest of our estimated £8,000 programme costs, and hopefully this document will help. Have a read at our thoughts, and Andrew and I are more than happy to answer any questions, concerns or ideas about the proposed programme.

EDIT:

We’re happy to announce that The CultureTech Festival have pledged £1,000 towards this programme, as well as inviting us to participate in three events in the North West.

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European Code Week at Farset

2014-code_weekWe’re pleased to announce our involvement in EU Code Week from 11th-17th October – part of a larger initiative to get people into code; all ages, all walks of life.

There are currently 3 events due to take place this month as part of EU Code Week – follow the links to register for each one:

The week ends with the fantastic Belfast Gamecraft game jam on Saturday 18th October, also taking place in Farset Labs! Get your tickets now!