Frequent Asked Questions

What is CoderDojo?

CoderDojo is a free-to-attend mentorship program for young people to learn about code and computing. Whether you have experience or just an interest, we offer a mentorship and community to explore at their your pace.

The Fort Erie chapter is one of several in Canada and part of a community of thousands of volunteer led chapters in over 100 countries.

Why learn computer science?

“Computer science is a discipline that is increasingly necessary for success in modern careers. 70% of new jobs in science will be in computer science. Future jobs in nearly every industry will require data analysis.

Computer science is the study of computational thinking, or how to use logical thinking and abstraction to develop generalized solutions to complex problems. Your students’ critical thinking skills will improve by learning computer science, and it will show in their performance in other disciplines.” – Hopscotch

Plus, it’s good fun!

Do I need a computer or device to participate?

Yes. It can be Windows or Mac. Alternatively/additionally, you can bring an Android device to use our AppInventor resources. Please let us know if you cannot arrange your own computer.

Do I need to know code already?

No. Every Dojo teaches a basic introduction as a starting point to learning how to code. From there students work on self-driven project to apply and strengthen coding concepts. Direct mentorship is provided for different learning levels so that no learner falls behind.

Does a caretaker or parent need to attend?

Mother and child at a computer.

Yes. Caretakers are required to stay in the room for the safety of our students and volunteers. Some caretakers may with to learn along and work on these concepts outside of the sessions.

Can a caretaker still help even if they aren’t confident with computers?

We all feel a bit left behind in this accelerating world. Don’t worry. Research has shown that encouragement is the best motivator for child led learning. Many of our parents don’t know the clicky end of a mouse but their children are excelling through pure encouragement from the parent. Just be ready to be amazed by your children. The most important thing is that your children will learn the survival skills for the 21st Century

What software do I need:

To be ahead of the game, you can use these safe and free software programs: