The Murdoch IT Society with the support of The School of IT and The Fogarty Foundation have finally created a Dojo here at Murdoch. It will be run on Sundays at the GCL1 computer labs (confirmation still needed) and the schedule is as follows:
Each session is estimated to run from 12:30pm till 2:30pm
Sunday, 15 March 2015 – Volunteers Planning Meeting
Sunday, 22 March 2015 – Session 1 of 8 for children
Sunday, 29 March 2015 – Session 2 of 8 for children
Sunday 5 April 2015 - NO DOJO – PUBLIC HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Sunday 12 April 2015 – Session 3 of 8 for children
Sunday 19 April 2015 – Session 4 of 8 for children
Sunday, 26 April 2015 – NO DOJO – PUBLIC HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Sunday, 3 May 2015 – Session 5 of 8 for children
Sunday, 10 May 2015 – Session 6 of 8 for children
Sunday, 17 May 2015 – Session 7 of 8 for children
Sunday, 24 May 2015 – Session 8 of 8 for children
Planned dates for Semester 2:
Sunday, 23 August 2015 – Session 1 of 8 for children
Sunday, 30 August 2015 – Session 2 of 8 for children
Sunday, 5 September 2015 – Session 3 of 8 for children
Sunday, 13 September 2015 – Session 4 of 8 for children
Sunday, 20 September 2015 – Session 5 of 8 for children
Sunday 27 September 2015 – NO DOJO – PUBLIC HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Sunday 4 October 2015 – NO DOJO – SCHOOL HOLIDAYS / UNI STUDY BREAK
Sunday 11 October 2015 – Session 6 of 8 for children
Sunday, 18 October 2015 – Session 7 of 8 for children
Sunday, 25 October 2015 – Session 8 of 8 for children
The room supports 38 ninja's. But its estimated the drop off will perhaps be 15-20. However! I can't do this without you! Its currently a one man show and I can't run this broadway production on my own! I am looking for some dedicated volunteers from all areas of IT and Game Design to help Mentor, while everyone else is welcome to volunteer with various roles. A list of roles and their descriptions are as follows:
Join or lead a Dojo (coding club): Mentor, Champion, Creativity Officer
Join a Council or Committee : Learning and Motivation Council, Culture and Community Committee
Join our Roving Team: Casual Presenter, New Dojo Coach
Join our Support Team: Learning and Development Manager, People Development Manager, Chief Storyteller, Event Manager, Diversity Project Manager, Recruitment and Partnership Manager (x4).
About the positions:
Dojos are independent coding clubs that provide a fun, free and social learning environment in which young people aged 7-17 can have fun learning and making projects using code. There are Dojos starting up all the time around Perth, and we need Champions, Mentors and Creativity Officers to help make the sessions happen.
Champions are responsible for organising the Dojo venue, leading the mentors and managing the registrations of Ninjas. Each CoderDojo needs 1-3 Champions. You can become a Champion by starting your own Dojo from scratch, or joining a pre-existing Dojo that needs a Champion. Some Champions are paid staff working for an organisation such as a school, library, business, local council etc who want to create a Dojo for their students/clients. Other Champions are volunteers who are keen to create a special learning environment for children and develop leadership skills at the same time.
Mentors provide general guidance and support to Ninjas (young people aged 7-17). Mentors are an essential element of a Dojo. If a Mentor has experience and knowledge in coding / computing - they may wish to plan special activities for Ninjas and provide more advanced help. However, you do not need how to code to be a great Mentor. Amongst our mentors we have: university students of all disciplines, parents, IT/software professionals and more. The one thing that unites our Mentors is that they enjoy helping and encouraging young people.
Creativity Officers are emerging artists who attend Dojo coding club sessions, and work on their artistic practice during the sessions. CoderDojo WA are able to access some materials and support for Creativity Officers who want to experiment with electronics, coding, data visualisation, game design, robotics etc in their practice, and who would enjoy sharing their creative journey with children. These volunteer positions would be idea for Art students or young artists who would like to experiment creatively with technology with a little bit of support and guidance from us.
The sessions tend to run on a weekly basis, with each session running for 1-3 hours. We are looking for people who can commit to weekly sessions (which take place after school or on weekends). Independent Dojos can set their own session times, but there will generally be between 4 - 8 weeks of weekly sessions in a Dojo term.
PLEASE NOTE: A VALID AND CURRENT WORKING WITH CHILDRENS CARD/CHECK WILL BE REQUIRED. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE YOU WILL NEED TO APPLY. THE RECEIPT YOU GET WILL CREDIT AS A TEMPORARY CHECK UNTIL A RESPONSE IS GIVEN. I ALSO LIKE TYPING IN ALL CAPS IN THE HOPES IT GETS SOME ATTENTION.
Still here? Still interested? Excellent.
Mentors can look to sign up here. and be invited to the Mentor Training Night on Monday 9 March at Scitech. RSVP is critical so please register here as well.
Registration for other volunteer roles can be found here.
Additional information about CoderDojo roles can be found here.
I look forward to seeing and working with you all soon!