News – 1st June

Project Showcase Evening

You are invited to a fun night at Scitech!

Calling all CoderDojo WA community members,

The time has come again for another epic and FREE night at Scitech for you all, on the evening of Tuesday 3rd July (next school holidays). Please register here: https://projectshowcase.eventbrite.com.au

CoderDojo WA community members – past, present and future and their children, families, friends, partners, coworkers are invited. Or it is perfectly fine to attend alone, as you will be able to meet new people. There is even an online option for those who can’t attend in person.

For this evening to be a success we need:
MORE NINJA PROJECTS submitted for 
inclusion in the showcase. Submit here

There are options where you can speak and share in person, bring something and show it on a table, or options where you can submit a poster, video or simply a link. So this is open to everyone around WA, even those who cannot attend in person.

Prizes will be available for those who submit projects and you can even suggest what kind of prize you want to win! Your projects will NOT be judged, rather, people who share projects will be rewarded for making the effort to share!

Submit here, or help your Ninja submit using the form: https://coderdojowa.wufoo.com/forms/share-your-projects-with-the-community/.

Or just email me with the details: karen@coderdojowa.org.au. Please submit by 8pm 20th June for your project to be included.


New Scratch STUDIO for WA

We are always looking for ways to help our community share their projects and learn from each other.

Recently we re-launched our community “Studio” on the Scratch MIT platform. This is a place on the Scratch website where anyone in Western Australia can add their projects to.

Here is the website address: https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/1306440/

We encourage Dojo Champions, Mentors and parents to help their Ninjas add projects to the studio. Ninjas can also add encouraging comments on the projects of other Ninjas, and to ask questions of each other about how they made their projects.

Ninjas, when you share your projects please make sure to write a description about how you made your project, whether it’s a remix or remake of another project and what you changed, and also any comments about your process. This will help other Ninjas learn from you.


Opportunity for young people to support biodiversity

Questagame is an awesome app (available on iOS and Android) that gives you the opportunity to help scientists by contributing to a biodiversity database.

Western Australia is one of the most bio-diverse regions on the planet. This means that young people can find and “document” a huge range of plants and animals. This provides a great opportunity for the whole family to explore nature, whilst using technology.

When we contribute to the database it helps scientists understanding of the environment, which means we will all get better at protecting natural treasures.

Players can take part in biodiversity quests and compete individually or in clans, and are rewarded for knowledge of flora and fauna. The apps are free (though it seems there may be some in-app purchases).

Read the whole story on ABC News here.