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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.

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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 accessible through KidzCanCode. 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 at KidzCanCode. 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 simple three step process.

  • Please register interest using the following form - Link
  • Drop us a note at dojo@hack2.live letting us know that you’ve filled up the form and registered interest
  • Sit back and relax. We’ll let you know when a seat opens up. Drop us a note if you would like an update.

Seats are limited, so please make sure you have registered interest well in advance. We keep pruning the waiting list and will let you know when a seat opens up. It’s likely that this might not happen in the timeframe you expect. If you are unable to take the seat when offered, you will have to go back to the end of the waiting list.

Please Note - Requests for admission to Altona North CoderDojo are now being waitlisted. Parents/Kids who miss two sessions in a row without prior notice will give up their place to others who are on the waiting list..

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.