CoderDojoDC is part of the global CoderDojo movement of free coding clubs for young people.

Helping out

CoderDojoDC was founded in December 2012. We run sessions that meet every other week thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and sponsors. This has allowed us to keep our Dojo free and open to all Washington, DC area youth.

Mentoring

We are always looking for enthusiastic mentors to help out at our meetings. The children have worked on everything from Scratch, HTML, Minecraft modding, interactive fiction, to building hardware projects with Arduinos and Raspberry Pis and computer animation with Blender. We also encourage discovery of new topics in short presentations at the beginning of each meeting. As you might expect, mentoring this group is anything but dull. Please contact us at dc@coderdojo.com before you show up so that we can talk about how best you can help out.

Donations

CoderDojoDC will always be free and open to all youth. We do incur costs to keep the group active and fund activities requiring hardware or software purchases. If you are in a position to help, please consider making a donation through our fiscal sponsor, Make a Difference Engine, Inc. You may donate via PayPal below.

Please contact us at dc@coderdojo.com if you have any questions or would prefer to mail a check.

We are also in need of hardware donations of Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, Makey Makeys and the various parts needed to use them. If you have an Arduino or other hardware sitting in your basement collecting dust, please consider donating it. As a free computer club, we will never require children to purchase anything to come to our meetings, and we currently do not have nearly enough hardware to properly teach the whole group about all of the awesome things that can be done with these devices. Your hardware donation will get used. Email us if dropping off a hardware donation at one of our meetings is inconvenient.

Sponsors

We would like to thank our corporate and government sponsors:

Montgomery County Innovation Program The Montgomery County Innovation Program provides meeting space at the

Thingstitute in Rockville, MD.

Elks Lodge The Elks has provided us with a large meeting space, wi-fi, and a location with plenty of parking.

Hillcrest Labs Hillcrest Labs has provided meeting space for several of our meetings.