Frequently Asked Questions


Parents

Does my child need to already know code?

There are no requirements for attending a CoderDojo class other than bringing yourself and a desire to learn. Every Dojo teaches a basic introduction to making a webpage as a starting point to learning how to code. From there, children begin to learn how to code in more advanced languages by learning from each other and from the mentors.

What is the age range of the students?

Children age 7–17 years old are welcome. Elementary school aged children must have a parent in attendance during the session. Middle and high school aged children can be dropped off.

Approximately how many students are at each session?

Different courses have different enrollment allocations. Check the course listing to see the number of seats used and available.

What level of computer skills do students need to start?

It’s recommended that they have used a computer and have browsed the internet before but no real computer skills are needed. The point is to introduce kids to programming and inspire them to explore technology on their own.

WHAT levels of coding are you offering?

We offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced courses. See this page to learn more about the different technology courses available.

Who are the mentors?

Mentors include parents, teachers and programmers from the industry who are enthusiastic about helping kids to develop their coding skills.

Can I stay with my child during the class?

Yes! We highly encourage parents to stay and see their children's creations presented to the entire dojo! However, in the spirit of peer learning, we do ask that parents allow students to work on their projects independently without direct parent involvement.

Do we need to bring a laptop?

We ask that parents bring a laptop for their child’s use at our Dojo. We understand that this might not be possible. If you need help acquiring one please click here to contact us.

Mentors

DO I NEED TO HAVE CODING KNOWLEDGE TO BE A MENTOR?

No. Mentors help out in many ways and most are not technical! Learn more about mentoring.

Will I be expected to teach at sessions?

No. Ninjas in our Dojo are self guided and work at their own pace. Instruction comes from their sushi cards.

Do I need to bring anything?

No. All materials are provided and Ninjas are responsible for bringing their own laptop.

Do I have to attend every session to be a mentor?

You’re not required to attend every session, though we’d love to have you!

I have kids interested in coding. can i bring them along?

Of course! All Ninjas age 7-17 are welcome to be a part of the Dojo.