Parents and Ninja! Please register…

Parents and Ninja! Please register on the global CoderDojo webite at

Volunteers, parents, mentors and all…

Volunteers, parents, mentors and all interested parties… Please make sure you are checking our Meetup site for the latest discussions and meeting information! also check our Facebook page at


Next Second Saturday Dojo

Our next dojo event is Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CST) at CenturyLink Cloud – 575 Maryville Dr.. 4th Floor. Saint Louis, MO

Please go to to register!

 Join us and learn how to program in a fun, engaging atmosphere for both kids and parents.  We’re a free coding club for youth and young adults (“ninjas”) ages 5-17.  We’ll teach the basics and show you where you can learn more!

Holiday Gift Ideas!

For those struggling  to come up with gifts for the techies and geeks in your lives we put together a list of great websites for you. If you know of a great site that should be on this list please let us know.

Electronics –
Makey Makey:
Snap Circuits:
Robotics –
Dot & Dash:

Maker/DIY Electronics
Retailers –
Manufacturers –
Raspberry Pi:,

Programming –
Scratch: Super Scratch:
Minecraft Modding: Learn to Mod Minecraft in 24 hours:
Raspberry Pi: Top 5 for 2015:
Electronics –
Arduino: Sew Electric:,
Arduino Adventures:,
Sylvia’s Awesome Arduino Project Book:

Robot Turtles:

Slide Deck from Our First Meeting

The first meeting went well. The slide deck presented by Dave Welch is attached to this post.  Please share and comment!


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Initial Planning Meeting!

I have been contacted by another group who was working in parallel to create a dojo in St. Louis. We will be combining our efforts and they have an initial planning meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, October 28. Follow the link for more details!

Kids Coding Resources (Thanks to CoderDojoLA for the base list!)

Electronics & Robotics

Adafruit – Learn & Buy Raspberry Pi, Arduino, etc.
MaKey Makey
Raspberry Pi – Getting Started with Raspberry Pi

Coding Events, Programs & Camps

Black Girls Code
CS First
Digital Media Academy
Hour of Code
i2 Camp
iD Tech Camps
Made With Code

Coding Tools, IDEs & Editors

Cloud9 IDE
Compilr – write code from your browser
JSBin HTML/Javascript Editor – an HTML editor you can use in your browser and see instant results
JSFiddle HTML Editor – an HTML editor you can use in your browser and see instant results
Koding – code in the cloud

Game Development

Cocos2d – open source software frameworks for building cross-platform games and apps
GameMaker – software to make games – GameMaker Lite is free
GameSalad – can produce iPhone, web browser-based content in HTML 5, and Android applications.
GameSalad Getting Started Cookbook
GameSalad – Overview of GameSalad Basics (video)
GameSalad – Welcome to GameSalad tutorial video
Minecraft API
Unity 2D – Lessons from Jesse Freeman
Unity 3D (has downloadable free version)
Unity 3D – Fungus – Fungus is an extension for Unity 3D for making fun story-based games
Unity 3D – Learn Unity
Unity 3D Student – learn video game development through bitesize modules combined with challenges


36 Free Kids’ Programming Resources Studio
Code School – learn Ruby, Javascript, Git, iOS
CoderDojo Tutorial List
codeSpark Tutorials
Khan Academy – Computer Science – beginner, visual, fun!
Khan Academy – Computer Science – advanced
Kithub – hands-on kits for young innovators sent monthly
Learn to Program (book)
LEGO Mindstorms
Light-Bot – game that teaches kids basic programming concepts
Made With Code – Projects (Google) – Coding for Girls
Pluralsight – for adults, but some smart kids might benefit from these programming courses
Popcorn (from Mozilla, lets kids integrate video and code)
Terrapin Logo
Udacity – great Into to CS class in Python as well as iOS & Android app development classes
Webmaker Teaching Resources
Young Programmers’ Podcast – video podcast for computer programmers in grades 3 and up. Learn about Scratch, Alice, Python, Pygame, etc.

iPad Apps to Teach Coding

Circuit Coder
CodeQuest – from Codarica – kids build their first website with HTML and CSS
Kodable Class
Move the Turtle
Robo Logic 2 HD
Scratch Jr

Mobile App Development

Android – A Beginner’s Guide – basic Android app programming
ARIS – user-friendly, open source platform for creating and playing mobile games, tours, and interactive stories
Developing with Swift – learn how to make iOS 8 apps in Swift, tutorials by Stanford
iOS 8 and Swift – How to Make a “Freaking” iPhone App
iOS – Teach Kids Programming iOS (must have account)
MIT App Inventor
PhoneGap – create an app using HTML and Javascript
Stanford Fall 2011 iPhone and iPad Development Course
Swifty – learn to code in Swift
Udacity – iOS & Android app development classes

Programming Tutorials


Java – Learn Java with Greenfoot
Java – Teaching Kids Programming – Java


Javascript – Code Avengers – Learn Javascript
Javascript – Code Monster
Javascript Tutorial –
Javascript: Understanding the Weird Parts – Udemy


jQuery Tutorial –


PHP for Kids
PHP – Teach Kids Programming PHP (must have account


Python – How to Think Like a Computer Scientist – Learning With Python
Python – Invent with Python
Python – Program Arcade Games with Python and Pygame
Python – PyCharm – a free, open source, Python IDE – both take and create courses with info, tasks, code, hints, tests for completion, and progress tracking. JetBrains also set up a public git repository where educators can share courses they create.
Python – The Python Game Book
Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming – book


Ruby – Kids Ruby
Ruby – Ruby for Kids
Ruby – Learn to Program Ruby
Ruby – RubyKin – Teach Kids Ruby
Ruby – Try Ruby Ruby – Railsbridge

Videos that Inspire Kids to Learn to Code – What Most Schools Don’t Teach

Visual Programming Environments

Alice – educational software that teaches kid programming in a 3D environment
Blockly – a visual programming language from Google
Blockly Games
Scratch – Harvard Curriculum Guide
Scratch – Learn Scratch
Scratch – Scratch Ed

Web Application Frameworks

Django – The Django Book
Node.js – The Node Beginner Book
Ruby on Rails – Rails for Zombies

Web Development

Codecademy – learn basic web development, CSS, Javascript
CSS Tutorial –
Twitter Bootstrap
W3 Schools
W3 Schools Color Names

Come meet us!

On Friday, October 2nd we will be tending a booth at the St. Louis Science Center’s First Friday Event. Check it out here . We will have table set up with some literature and some samples of what projects, programming languages, and fun activities the kids in our club will be doing. If you have any interest at all about who CoderDojo St. Louis is or about the CoderDojo movement in general please come down and see us on October 2nd. We will have sign-up sheets for those willing to help us by being mentors or volunteers and we will have the date of our first planning meeting by then as well – if not sooner. We hope to see you!

Please volunteer!

Please fill out the form below and let us know how help_button_55392you can help! We need people to help organize, advertise, recruit, help with publicity, web design, and lots more! Even more important WE NEED  MENTORS! If you have any programming skills of any kind and would like to help please let us by filling out the form at this link:


Hello-WorldI have had some PM inquiries so I wanted to post my answers so that everyone who might be interested in helping can benefit.

At this point I am just in the organization stages and cannot answer some of the specific questions with certainty only because it is really up to us! After I gather my group of initial volunteers and mentors we will meet to discuss specific items on how and what we want to teach in our Dojo. This Dojo is really what we want to make it. We can meet in the same place each week or we can move. Who we recruit as “mentors” will have a large influence on what we offer in the way of programming languages. My hope is to eventually have many different types of skills represented including HTML, CSS, Scratch, Java, JavaScript, Arduino, RaspberryPi and other micro electronics – it really depends on who we get to help and what the kids want to learn. The only requirements from the kids will be to show up, bring a laptop, be curious and have a great attitude. Most of the parents will be recruited as “volunteers” and I will be looking for mentors where I can find them. A mentor can be skilled in any of the areas we are hoping to offer to our kids.

My first tasks are to:
1) Recruit volunteers and mentors
2) Schedule a planning meetings to determine a lot of the questions you asked such as where, when, what and how often.
3) The rest is up to us.

The main CoderDojo page can be found here to get an idea of the whole concept:

Besides this Facebook page we have a website ( and LinkedIn group page (CoderDojoSTL) a Twitter account (@coderdojostl) and (just for grins) an Instagram account (coderdojostl). Our email address is Please contact us for any inquiries, questions and especially to help!

Thanks for the reply and let me know how you can help!