You do not have to be a coder to be a mentor!
While some of our ninjas are doing some amazing things with code, robotics and minecraft; most of our ninjas are using Scratch. Scratch is a free web based drag and drop style program that allows you to make games, animations, programs and so much more. It is simple but you can do some amazing and complex things in it.
Skills required to be a mentor
- Kind and Patient
- Logic and Problem solving skills
- Interest in all things nerdy, geeky, gaming and pop culture related
- Most importantly, the ability to google how to do something
You DO NOT have to have all the answers and we encourage our ninjas to find answers, work backwards and collaborate. It is important that the ninjas understand that us mentors are not teachers and that we won't have all the answers and that is OKAY. Takes the pressure off of us as mentors and creates an open and informal discourse with the kids.
The most common situations mentors are in
- A Ninja's scratch project isn't working how they want, more often then not while they are explaining the problem, they figure out what they've done wrong.
- Debugging a scratch project requires problem solving and logic, not necessarily scratch specific knowledge.
- Somebody is having a specific scratch problem, there will always be at least one mentor in the room who will know how to fix it.
- There are thousands of different ways to approach the same problem and it will ALWAYS "click" with at least one mentor or one kid in the room.
- Internet! Internet! Internet! The first half hour of almost every session is spent just getting kids internet and hardware working.
Would you like to be a mentor?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just rock up to a session near you and have a chat with us! It's as simple as that :)
"I think CoderDojo is very, very good. I think it's awesome for people to have time on the computer, because my brother usually hogs the computer. I practise on Scratch and code.org" Huon, 9 | Ninja
"CoderDojo is something I feel I would have benefited from greatly, if I'd been given the opportunity to participate in something like this, when I was a shy awkward nerdy kid. So it feels great to be able to help these awkward nerdy kids now." Keva, 23 | Mentor
"CoderDojo is good. It provides an opportunity for everybody to learn what they would like to work on in the future. I work on Unreal Engine 4." Ben, 14 | Ninja