What is CoderDojo Indiana?

CoderDojo Indiana gets kids ages 7-17 excited about computer science and inspires them to consider tech or development career paths! We are a regional partnership between TechPoint Foundation for Youth, the CoderDojo Foundation, and CoderDojo coding clubs throughout Indiana. We raise funds, offer hardware and software, and recruit volunteers and students - all to provide free computer science education for Indiana kids.

What We've Done

Since June 2016, we’ve been hard at work launching new CoderDojo clubs. Indiana is currently home to a thriving network of 30+ CoderDojo coding clubs and counting. Our 600+ students have taken Code.Org courses, built Scratch games, explored Python, JavaScript, and each month they add to their growing expertise. We’ve also raised funds to purchase fun tools like littleBits invention kits, Raspberry Pi computers,  micro:bits, Dash robots, and Sphero bots to inspire our Indiana CoderDojo ninjas (kids who attend our Dojos). On July 22nd, 2017, we hosted our first youth hackathon for 40 ninjas from around the state. We are preparing to host a bigger and better hackathon this year on July 20th. We will have more ninjas, more challenges, more projects, and even more fun!

What We're Doing

This year we're focused on supporting and growing our 30+ Indiana sites. We will be hosting volunteer trainings and seeking additional funds to support our ninjas. We're also planning some amazing events - the 2019 CoderDojo Indiana Youth Hackathon for Indiana youths, DojoCon for our Indiana CoderDojo Champions (leaders), and the Hour of Code for Indianapolis area students. Over the next several months, we'll also be helping a few more communities to launch their very first CoderDojo coding clubs!

We Provide:

  • Region-specific support to Indiana CoderDojo sites

  • Streamlined verification for listings on the CoderDojo.com website

  • Assistance with volunteer and student recruitment

  • Access to the CoderDojo Indiana Fund to support:

    • Purchase of technology to allow low-income students to attend Dojos

    • Ability to receive charitable donations to support Dojos

  • Advisory Board of Directors consisting of community and business leaders and Dojo Champions to shape the growth of the movement in Indiana

WHAT IS A CODERDOJO, Anyway?

A CoderDojo is a free, volunteer-led, community-based coding clubs for students ages 7 to 17. All students are welcome regardless of their previous experience with computer programming. At a Dojo, kids learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and explore technology in a safe, social, and creative environment.

Around the world, there are more than one thousand CoderDojo sites supported by the CoderDojo Foundation in Dublin, Ireland. The international CoderDojo movement focuses on promoting community, peer learning, youth mentoring, and self-led learning.