FAQ

  • Who are the CoderDojos for? Our meetings are open to all children and youths aged 7 to 17, regardless of their origins, who reside even temporarily in Alsace. We are open to all children and youth and are strong believers in diversity – our dojos will never exclude any participant on grounds such as race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation etc. Moreover, we take on the challenge of always working to increase the diversity of our participants.
  • How many participants at each meeting? We are, unfortunately, limited by the size of the meeting room as well as by the number of volunteers available. This info will be indicated specifically for each of the meetings on the ‘Sign up’ page.
  • Do I have to bring something? Yes, in general each participant must bring a laptop computer and a snack. If you don’t have a laptop, contact us and we will try to find a solution for you. However, please noted that we cannot guarantee access to a computer at this time. In terms of the snack: we may ask you to either bring your own snack or bring something (cake, juice etc) to share. Please always check the information published on the ‘Sign up’ page for each individual meeting as it’s the volunteers who manage the meeting who will decide on this issues.
  • Do I have to stay with my child? Yes, you will need to stay if your child is young (7 to 12 years). You can also make arrangements with another adult (family or friends who bring their own child). The role of the parent is to ensure that the children behave and respect the rules of the group. You will not necessarily be asked to stay by your child’s side at all times – you will meet the other parents and enjoy each others’ company. Occasionally, we may be able to offer brief training or information sessions to parents; please stay tuned to our homepage / social media channels for further info on this.
  • Will my child be safe?Yes. We will do our best to ensure their security. It’s in this spirit that we ask you to accompany and stay with your younger children.
  • What if my child has special needs? We do our best to offer the opportunity to participate to all children, with no selection criteria; we encourage in particular the participation of children excluded from other activities. However, occationally we may be limited by the accesibility limits of our hosts. We encourage you to express your interest to participate by filling in our Sign up form; you will later find all the relevant accessibility information on each session at the ticketing phase.
  • What languages are used during the meetings? In our dojos we use English and French on a regular basis. We will explain the English terms but we will encourage children to keep a English-French vocabulary; even if the majority of terms have been translated into French, we prefer that the children learn the ‘universal’ language in order for them to be able to colalborate with peers from other countries.
  • Where are the meetings held? This info will appear on the Sign up page; you will have the exact address, a map directing you to the venue as well as instructions on how to get there, if needed.
  • How long does a meeting last? We expect most meetings will last 2 to 3 hours. This information will appear on the Sign up page.
  • What day, what time? Each dojo will have its own program; the information will always be available on the Sign up page.
  • How much does it cost? Participation in dojo sessions is – and will always be – free!
  • Why do I have to book a place if it’s free? It’s simple: the number of places being limited, we’ll sign participants up on the ‘first come, first served, principle. Moreover, since the meetings are staffed by volunteers, we need to know how many participants we expect in order to know how many volunteers we have to mobilise; they already offer their time free of charge – we must respect them – and we do not wish to make them waste their time! Finally, we need to know the exact number of persons who will participate in order to plan to ensure their safety.
  • How come the sessions are free? Well, it’s thanks to our generous volunteers and our partners who host our meetings free of charge.
  • How can I help? There are lots of things you can do to help; have a look at our ‘Support us’ page. Many thanks!
  • Does my child need to already know how to code to participate? Absolutely not. We are there to help her/him discover technology and coding!
  • What if my child is already pretty good in coding?It’s perfect; we’re SO pleased! We’re looking forward to having her/him and commit to finding exciting activities to keep her/his interest.  
  • Do you offer actual ‘classes’?No, as far as we can tell, if kids are to learn something they must be relaxed, they must have fun. They must, also, learn how to help each other, how to communicate, how to work in teams. Therefore, we don’t ‘teach’ – we facilitate.
  • What can you tell me on the level of the ‘classes’?  We will try to adapt to the skills / interests of participants. We envisage a large array of activities to respond to all skill/interest levels.
  • What programs do you use? We start off with Scratch for the 7 to 13 years old and Snap and CodeCombat for the 13 to 17.  Next, in light of the participants evolution, we invite them to explore web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), AppInventor for mobile apps etc. For further info, please visit our page on the Dojos – you will find an up-to-date list of our offering. 
  • Who are your volunteers and what are their tasks?  Our volunteers are people like you and me  – who take an interest in education, in technology, in activities aimed at the development of your. Some, but not all, work in IT, but our sole criteria for selection is their interest in education, technology, IT, coding. Their tasks are varied – some handle the registration, the ticketing, the organisation of meetings; then there are the ‘Senseis’ – our starts – who are there to guide your child in the universe of programming. Finally, we have volunteers who handle communication (the website of the association, the posters / flyers, the Facebook page, media relations etc. If you wish to join us and bring your contribution to our mission, get in touch! Looking forward to discussing with you. See our special section on volunteering here.
  • How to I sign my child up?We are excited that our dojos are of interest to you! To have your child participate, you need to fill out a form to express your interest. We will then keep you informed of upcoming meetings and we’ll invite you to sign up for each session you will wish to take part in.
  • Does my child need to be there each time?No, participation will not be compulsory, but systematic presence can make a difference in terms of progress. However, the dojos are clubs – so they will have the right to come or not, according to their wish / availability. This is why we have set up our ticketing service.
  • How does the reserve list work? If ever a meeting is fully booked, your child will be added to a reserve list; we will then keep you informed – the day before the session – if we’ve had a withdrawal that might allow your child to participate. Consequently, please be sure to check your email address the day before the session to see if a spot opened up for your child. We will not get back to you if there’s no place up for grabs, so no message means no place available.