CoderDojo is part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which also runs a parallel program called Code Club. While CoderDojo and Code Club are different programmes, they are both awesome initiatives which share many similarities and goals. Both are based on a global community model, and provide young people with the opportunity to be creative with technology through a network of free, volunteer-led clubs.
What are the differences between CoderDojo and Code Club?
Code Clubs take place in schools or formal education centres and are aimed towards the students of that institution. Sessions typically take place on weekdays—this may take the form of lunchtime clubs or after-school clubs. Code Club is aimed towards young people aged 9 to 13.
CoderDojo clubs (Dojos) are typically held in civic venues such as libraries, youth centres and community centres, but can also be held in commercial spaces, co-working spaces, maker-spaces or traditional offices. Dojos tend to be open to the general public, i.e., any young person from the local community may join. Dojo sessions typically take place outside of school hours, for example, on weekday evenings or at the weekends. CoderDojo is aimed towards young people aged 7 to 17.
You can see a short video about the differences between CoderDojo and Code Club here.
Which programme is the best fit for my club?
If the coding club you are planning to start is at a school venue and will only be open to students of that school, then we recommend getting started as a Code Club. If your club will take place in a community venue, and will be open to all, then you may wish to proceed as a CoderDojo.
Whichever programme is the best fit for you, you will be still be a part of the Raspberry Pi community and have access to support from the team, learning resources, online training opportunities and community events. If you have further questions, or would like to chat with a member of the support team, please get in touch using the contact details below:
CoderDojo | firstname.lastname@example.org