Dojos are normally on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. We had a mix up on this for March and our regular Library produced notification, so apologies to those who rely on that for scheduling.  As such, we will be having a dojo on March 29 as only one person showed on the 22nd (hi Eric!).  We will be back to the normal schedule for April.

This dojo will be largely self-directed.  We have the following mentors/experts in the topics listed available to help today:

  • Python
  • Java



Hello all,

This week we'll have a couple of special events at the dojo.  First off, we'll have our first guest speaker!

Dawn Bolus from the Jacobson Institute for Youth Entrepreneurship at the University of Iowa will talk to us about technology and entrepreneurship.  Dawn is the Director of the Institute and has over 15 years of youth education experience.  You can see her bio here:

For this month's snowy dojo we are looking at the following topics:

  • Javascript
  • HTML5
  • Java (Minecraft)

Links will be posted as we use them!

Codecademy is a free website that  teaches a number of coding languages and tracks progress via their badges.  Our dojo will be using Codecademy's lesson tracks to measure requirements for our badges. 

If you are a student, join our Codecademy group by following this link:

Happy Coding!


Prerequisites: Gimp is installed on your computer -

Video will be posted as soon as I can get QuickTime to capture my screencast!!!  Ergh!  angry

Just a reminder that we now meet twice a month to give you more chances to attend.  Second AND Fourth Saturdays at the Library (unless noted).

At today's dojo we had tutorials given by some of our members!

Ian did an hour on GameMaker Studio:

Tobey did an hour on GameSalad:


This month's dojo focused on the CSEdWeek's Hour of Code tutorials.  Check them out here:

There was record turnout and both the mentors and the kids learned some new things!

Hour of Code (2013-12)

With Computer Science week in full effect, we've been featured or interviewed by a number of media outlets about Hour of Code (


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Meeting Times

CoderDojo Iowa City meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month from 2pm-4pm.

We normally meet upstairs at the Iowa City Public Library in the computer lab, unless otherwise noted.

Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.