CoderDojo survey results

Remember this summer? We launched our very own CoderDojo survey! We wanted to know what you thought was very cool about CoderDojo, what was less cool and how we could improve that. A lot of you reacted to our call. Not less than 631 kids participated across the country, giving us a clear insight in how they experience the sessions and what they like about Coderdojo. Moreover 172 volunteers donated some of their precious summertime to fill in the survey and help us shape CoderDojo in the future.

Results participants:

Almost all of the participants really enjoy CoderDojo. For some, it didn’t really fulfill their expectations but the vast majority of little coders turn their sessions of slashes and dots into an monthly habit.
The graph below shows that participant rates are spread out very equally over the number of sessions, indicating that we even have a group of real CoderDojo addicts. Reinforcing this statement is the second graph showing that 33% of participants attend every dojo organised by their club.

The majority of kids are loyal to their local coding club but still an astonishing 17% of the participating kids want more coding fun and attend dojos in multiple locations.

The best prove that all of you volunteers are doing a great job is the graph below. We asked the participating kids if they would recommend CoderDojo to their friends. An overwhelming 95% said they would recommend CoderDojo to their friends. It is a public secret that satisfied participants are the best advertising for your organization so this is really contributing to the popularity of CoderDojo. Good job!

So what about inspiring kids to use their digital talents in the future?

As CoderDojo we want to spark young people’s desire to use their skills to shape the digital world of the future. But is it paying of? Are kids more inclined to pursue IT careers and use their coding for the greater good?
Our survey shows that 86% of our participants believe that the IT skills they learned at CoderDojo will be usable in the future. Only 1% of all participating kids believe their coding skills are just a fun hobby but nothing more, the rest is not sure yet. 
What’s even more impressive is that 47% of the kids considers pursuing a study in the field of IT. Another 46% are not saying no to an IT-related education but are just not sure yet what the future will bring.
That’s an amazing result! Even if only half of them actually choose an IT education, this will have a significant result on the Belgian job market. After 6 years of CoderDojo Belgium, we already have a lot of amazing stories of tech-savvy kids and youngsters shaping the world around them with their digital skills.

CoderDojo stories

Do you have a cool story about CoderDojo participants being awesome with their technical skills? We want to know all about it! Send us your amazing testimonials via and we might share them as one of our famous #CoderDojoStories on social media.

Results volunteers:

Let’s take a look into the characteristics of our volunteers.

Wowowow! More than 20% of our volunteers is female! Ok, that’s not nearly the 50% it should be, but still it’s way better that an everyday IT department. We think it is really important to have enough female coaches so that girls have someone to look up to as well. Our CoderDojo Divas are doing everything in their power to promote coding to girls. Therefore, it’s very cool to see that CoderDojo is not a man’s club but women feel comfortable coming to CoderDojo as well. 

Most of our volunteers have day jobs in IT but not all of them. 33% Of our volunteers are not active in IT-related jobs indicating that everyone can help out in a dojo.

Lessons learned

Maybe the most important question in the survey was what could be improved in the future. We analyzed these results and discussed the answers below.

  • More exercises
    • What is the issue? A lot of volunteers wanted more exercises they could use in their dojos. There were some complaints as well about the fuzzy CoderDojo Drive that is very hard to navigate and doesn’t stimulate the sharing of exercices.
    • What do we intend to do about it? We are aiming on hiring an educational collaborator starting next year. It would be his/her task to provide some cool new material for the dojos and find a way to distribute this more effectively so that every kid can find an exercise that fits his/her needs.
  • Train-the trainers
    • What is the issue? A lot of coaches want to learn how they can coach different tracks, do more with Scratch or just learn some extra coaching skills. They feel that more support would turn them into a better coach which in their turn would help out to kids participating in a Coderdojo.
    • What do we intend to do about it? Sarah already relaunched the CoderDojo bootcamps. 5 Different bootcamps were organized this fall in Brussels to help you improve your skills. She plans on organizing the bootcamps again next year with a higher frequency and on several locations. In addition, after the success of the first coaches café in Genk (a local knowledge sharing event bringing coaches together in one region) more coaches cafés will be organized in the future.
  • Bringing the cluster leads back
    • What is the issue? Some coaches want to interact with the dojos in their region. Again this would be the ideal opportunity to share knowledge or even share material. A cluster lead is a volunteer that is responsible for a set of dojos in his/her region. He/she is the first point of contact for a dojo and has close relations with all the dojos in his region.
    • What do we intend to do about it? We relaunched the idea of cluster leads during our last leads meeting. A lot of lead coaches were enthusiastic about the idea. As we don’t want to force this onto anyone, people that feel called upon can always contact us via . 

But there was a price involved?

Yes there was. We selected 10 Dojo that will receive 2 mBots each.
How did we select the winners?

We made a ranking of all our dojos that had people (kids and/or coaches) participating in our survey. If you made it to the top, you get a price.
After that we did a recalculation. We divided the number of participants by the number of participants your dojo has. Otherwise, smaller dojos wouldn’t have a chance at all. If your dojo had a high participant rate, you get a price!

And the winners are:


Congratulations and many thanks to everyone who participated!