CoderDojo

CoderDojo Altona North - News & Updates

View project on GitHub

CoderDojo Altona North

Welcome to CoderDojo Altona North (Melbourne, Australia). Altona North is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 10 km south-west of Melbourne’s Central Business District, located within the City of Hobsons Bay local government area. You can read more about us on Wikipedia. CoderDojo Altona North is supported by Hobsons Bay City Council.

At this page you will find all the information required to sign-up to CoderDojo Altona North (Melbourne, Australia) including helpful links to getting your kids started on the path to becoming a maker!!!

Join the Coding Ninjas

Have a look at what CoderDojo Altona North has to offer - What’s On Offer. If you are keen on working with kids and building the next generation of makers then head over and check out - Volunteering @ CoderDojo Altona North.

The official link to the website is altonanorthdojo.com. You can reach us on email at dojo@hack2.live.

News & Updates

See all relevant news and updates here……

  • 210418 : Term 2 2018 now underway. Our little hackers are doing what they do best i.e. code/program/hack/work on cool projects. Parent’s keen on enrolling for Term 4 2018, Term 1 2019 should request a spot using the “Register Interest” form in the “How To Book A Seat Section below” and reach out to us over email.
  • 030418 : Term 2 2018 starts on the 14th of April 2018 and ends on the 30th of June 2018. Dates for Term 3 are 21st July to 22nd September and Term 4 are 13th October to 22nd December. We are in the process of confirming enrollments for this semester and working through the current applications.
  • 200318 : Term 1 2018 ends on the 24th of March 2018 & Term 2 2018 starts on 14th April 2018. Parents interested in a spot for next term should fill up the “Register Interest” form and reach us on the email below.
  • 020218 : Parents interested in starting next term i.e. Term 2 2018, should fill in the “Register Interest” form in the “How To Book A Seat Section” below.
  • 270118 : Classes for Term 1 2018 have begun. Thanks to Hobsons Bay Council, we will be running our classes at the Altona North Community Library - 1000 Hrs AEST on Sat. Only those with confirmed enrollments can attend.
  • 170118 : Enrollments for Term 1 2018 are now closed. Please fill up the registering interest form (See How to book a seat section) and reach us at dojo@hack2.live to be put on the waiting list.
  • 140118 : Enrollments for Term 1 2018 in the process of being confirmed. Sessions scheduled to begin weekend of the 27th of Jan 2018.
  • 171217 : Wrapped up term 4 2017 with our christmas party. Bookings open for Term 1 2018. See “Howto Book A Seat Section” below.
  • 031217 : Last class for Term 4 2017 is on the 17th of December 2017.
  • 071117 : Registrations for Semester 4 are now closed. Registration for Semester 1 2018 will open soon.
  • 091017 : Change in hours - Weekly sessions for Term 4 being run on Sunday at 1000 Hrs AEST at Williamstown Community Library.
  • 041017 : Weekly (Sunday morning) sessions being run out of Williamstown (Hobsons Bay) Library. Interested volunteers please see volunteering section below.
  • 230917 : Learning Management System setup. 4 Scratch programming courses setup.
  • 190917 : Location confirmed. Kicking off first session on the 24th of Sep.
  • 100917 : Looking to build team of mentors, volunteers. Working on confirming location for Dojo. Bookings open, limited seats.
  • 040917 : Working on getting the word out there. Web presence launched. Looking for a place to host our Dojo.

For any queries please drop us a note at dojo@hack2.live.

Class Pictures

What Is A CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people. We are the Altona North (Melbourne, Australia) chapter of this amazing initiative!

At CoderDojo Altona North, young people aged between 7 and 17, learn how to code (Scratch, Python, etc.), interact with the real world using sensors and the Arduino, develop programs on the Raspberry Pi, develop websites, develop mobile apps, develop simple programs, develop games, build robots and explore various aspects of technology in an informal, safe, and creative environment. In addition to learning to code, exploring the basics of electronics and robotics, attendees meet like minded people and are exposed to a world of possibilities of technology. An individuals creativity is the only limit.

At CoderDojo Altona North our aim is to Ignite, Inspire and Create. We strongly believe that every child is a born maker. What she/he needs is the right environment to Ignite those interests and Inspire them to Create. At CoderDojo Altona North there is a strong focus on community, peer learning, youth mentoring and self led learning, with an emphasis on showing how coding, making and hacking is a force for change in the world.

We might consider folowing a syllabus where it makes sense, especially with our young makers who are getting started. With the more experienced makers we will let the kids choose what they want to work on, and the mentors guide and help them along their journey of discovery into the world of technology. Some of the things we do at CoderDojo Altona North include:

  • Introduction to Computer Science through -
    • Coding in Scratch
    • Google CS (Computer Science) First curriculum
    • Microsoft Computer Science curriculum using Minecraft
  • Python developing on the Raspberry Pi
  • Minecraft gaming & development
  • Electronics fundamentals using -
    • Arduino
    • ESP8266, EP32
    • BBC micro:Bit
    • RaspberryPi
  • Coding in HTML & CSS (websites)
  • Development of simple mobile apps

You can read more about the CoderDojo movement at CoderDojo.com.

Access to all the course content at CoderDojo Altona North is offered through our Learning Management System. We use the Learning Management system to give you access to the tutorials and also track your childs progress through the term.

To attend the sessions please see the “Howto Book A Seat” section below. Our sessions are wait-listed and parents are required to request an enrollment using the “Register Interest” form link provided. Only once your enrollment is confirmed are you able to book a ticket through Eventbrite (ticket booking and administration). Enrollments are confirmed at the start of the term and is offered on first come first served basis. Drop us a note at dojo@hack2.live if you have any questions.

What Are The Making / Creating Tracks On Offer

For details on the various learning tracks on offer at CoderDojo Altona North please visit - Hacking & Making Tracks On Offer. To understand how the tracks we offer aligns with the Australian Digital Curriclum please visit - Australian Digital Curriculum Map.

Please note that not all courses might be on offer every semester. Parents are requested to check with the team to confirm which course is being offered.

Based on availability of volunteers we’ll consider offering additional courses. Access to all the course content at CoderDojo Altona North is offered through our Learning Management System (Schoology). We use the Learning Management system to give you access to the tutorials and also track your childs progress through the term.

Who Runs The CoderDojo

CoderDojo’s are run by volunteers and are 100% free. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, you can write to us at dojo@hack2.live.

What Do I Need To Bring Along

Please bring along the following items -

  • A laptop. Borrow one from mum/dad if needs be.
  • Any hardware you want to hack with during the dojo i.e. Arduino Uno, Arduno MEGA 2560, Raspberry Pi, etc.
  • A parent! (Very very important). If you are 12 or under, your parent must stay with you during the entire session.
  • Also important is intent to learn, make and create…:)

So come join us, have fun and share in the learning. Let’s Ignite the flame of learning, let’s inspire the maker in you and let’s get creating!!!!

If you have any questions please drop us an email at dojo@hack2.live.

Howto Book A Seat

This is a two step process.

Seats are limited, so please make sure you have reserved a seat for the session.

Most of our sessions are now waitlisted. If you miss two sessions in a row without prior notice your place will be offered to others who are waitlisted.

We recommend parents register interest using the form provided. You should register initerest even if you haven’t been able to secure a place for the current term. Based on the numbers in the wait list we’ll allocate places for the next term.

If you have any questions please drop us an email at dojo@hack2.live.

How Do I Register With the Learning Management System

At the Altona North Coder Dojo we are using the Schoology Learning Management System or LMS. The Learning Management system allows us to track your childs progress through the program, your attendance through the program and also the progress through the various tutorials assigned during the term.

Please head over to 3rd Party Platform Registration page for details on signing up to Schoology.

If you have any questions please drop us an email at dojo@hack2.live.

Class Activity - Signing up to CodeMonkey

At CoderDojo Altona North we will also be using Code Monkey for some of the tutorials. When requested please use the information in this section to sign up.

Please head over to 3rd Party Platform Registration page for details on signing up CodeMonkey.

If you have any questions please drop us an email at dojo@hack2.live.

Class Activity - Signing up to CodeCombat

At CoderDojo Altona North we will also be using CodeCombat for some of the tutorials. When requested please use the information in this section to sign up.

Please head over to 3rd Party Platform Registration page for details on signing up to CodeCombat.

If you have any questions please drop us an email at dojo@hack2.live.

Class Activity - Signing up to Tynker

At CoderDojo Altona North we will also be using Tynker for some of our tutorials. When requested please use the information provided here to signup.

Please head over to 3rd Party Platform Registration page for details on signing up to Tynker.

If you have any questions please drop us an email at dojo@hack2.live.

Can I Volunteer & Inspire

Are you keen to be part of an amazing global movement? Are you keen to help craft the Australian tech minds of tomorrow in your local community? If so, then you should become a volunteer mentor at CoderDojo Altona North.

Whether you are a Python gun, can write HTML blindfolded, or love tinkering with hardware like Raspberry Pis or Arduinos or love tinkering with home built robots, your knowledge and experience would be welcome at our sessions! However, you don’t necessarily need to be a coding rockstar to help us out. Even if you can just give a hand with the organising, and general running of the dojo, then we’d still love to hear from you. You just need to be cool, great at supporting kids, and passionate. That’s all we ask for!

You’ll need a Working With Children Check, if you’d like to become a mentor with us. The application is free when it’s for volunteering purposes, and once you submit your form at the post office then you’re good to go – you don’t have to wait for the card to be posted out to you.

Finally, we don’t expect our volunteer mentors to attend each and every session. All we ask for is a few hours of your time each week when the dojo is running. If you can’t make a session, then that’s no problem! We’re operate a fun, relaxed, and flexible model for our awesome mentors!

If this sounds like something you’d love to do, then what are you waiting for! Drop us a note at volunteer@hack2.live and let’s get the next generation of kids hacking.

Bill Of Material

Certain courses require investment in hardware kits. While we have provided a link to the kits from a particular store you are free to pick up the components from any store of your choice or even re-use an existing part/component/board if you have a spare one lying around at home. We have no affialiation with any of the vendors listed on this page and any transaction you perform is between you and the vendor….be rest assured.

This section lists of the BOM (Bill Of Material) for the relevant courses.

  • Course - Electronics 101 using the BBC micro:bit
    • BBC micro:bit Go Pack (This includes the board, USB cable, battery pack) - Tronixlabs
    • BBC micro:bit Inventors Kit by Kitronik - Tronixlabs
  • Course - Robot car using the BBC micro:bit
    • M3 12mm Nylon Screws x 6 : (store link to be provided)
    • M3 30mm Nylon Spacer (Female - Female) x 3 : (store link to be provided)
    • M3 30mm Metal Screws x 2 : (store link to be provided)
    • M3 Hex Metal Nuts x 2 : (store link to be provided)
    • DRV8833 H Bridge x 1 : (store link to be provided)
    • Wheels x 2 : (store link to be provided)
    • Motors x 2 : (store link to be provided)
    • Castor Ball CY-15A x 2 : (store link to be provided)
    • Car plate and mounts x 1 : (store link to be provided)
    • 2 Way PCB Mount Screw Terminal - 5mm Pitch Pin x 5 : (store link to be provided)
    • HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Module x 1 : (store link to be provided)

If you have any questions with regards to any of the parts listed on this page please speak to the volunteers at the Dojo before you head off and purchase the relevant part.

Head this way if you are looking for links to maker projects (tutorials, coding projects, hardware or electronics projects, etc.) aimed at kids - Link

Purchasing Electronics, Arduino’s, Rapberry Pi’s Online -

Here’s some of the website we’ve used. There’s no recommended websites or vendors as such. You should review the list below and see who’s offering you the best deal.