Getting the most from our dojo’s

Dojo’s are meetups where most people are at different levels of ability – so there is no single lesson to follow. Instead everybody practices at their own level, on their own choice of project, and beginners learn from masters.

Be prepared

  • Make sure laptops are up-to-date – we don’t want to spend the first 30 minutes installing updates.
  • Similarly ensure you have all the required software for the day’s project.
  • Make sure you have any logins you need (scratch account for example)

Have a plan

  • Decide beforehand what you will be working on.
    • There are loads of ideas in the links on our resources page.
    • If you are an absolute beginner then the scratch’ sample projects at https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/codeclub is a great place to start.
    • If you’d like to borrow some of our equipment let us know to make sure we have enough for you.

Be Realistic

  • Be realistic about what you can achieve in the 2 hours we have. It is very unlikely that you will write an open-world MMO in that time.
  • If you have a big project – select a small feature that you can achieve within the time, and make sure you can save your work at the end.

Don’t Panic

  • Learning to program with computers is usually about exploring and testing out things. You may visit many dead-ends before finding the correct answer. On the bright side – there is often more than one correct solution!
  • And if you are really stuck – just ask for help.