Coder Dojo


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Essential information

Date and time: 
First Saturday of the month
Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre

Be inspired by the collection and create computer programmes, animation, art and electronic experiments in response.  

The Prince Philip Maritime Collection Centre Coder Dojo is a free coding club for young people (7-17) interested in programming.

Missing our Coder Dojo?

Looking for a task to challenge your creativity?

In 1989, Tracey Edwards (MBE) led an all-female crew around the world in the Whitbread race. This was the first ever all-female team assembled.

After traveling a total of 32,932 nautical miles on the Maiden, the all-female crew finished in an impressive second place.

Celebrate and honour this amazing achievement by creating a sailing race inspired animation or video game.

For more inspiration, see some of the items in our collection:

Maiden ship model 

Steering wheel 

Yacht Mascot 

Tweet us your entries. 

What will happen to the winners? 

The best animations and video games will be posted on our twitter feed

The winners will receive tickets to an exclusive behind the scenes tour at PPMCC where you will see some of the collection linked to Tracey and the Maiden team.

Winners will be awarded on their

  • Originality
  • Creativity
  • Application of coding skill

Entrants can use any programme they wish but their animation or video game must reference the Maiden or its crew.


We have created two boat race themed tasks to inspire you.

These tasks were created using Scratch which is accessible for free online.

PDF iconExamples of our Coder Dojo challenge

Coder Dojo 

The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, located in Kidbrooke South East London, is home to the Royal Museums Greenwich stored collections and state of the art conservation studios. This new facility is not just a store but also a community hub with a state learning space.

At our Dojo, the participants, who we call Ninjas, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, and games, and explore technology in a fun and creative way. Ninjas also meet like-minded peers, work on exciting team and individual projects, and learn valuable social and transferable skills for the future.

The monthly club will consist of 90 minutes of programming; in which you can take part in an array of specially designed coding activities or work with friends to create your own exciting project. In the final half an hour of the session, you will be able to share and present your projects with your peers.  

Our knowledgeable and friendly mentors will support you whilst you try out different tasks and projects. Create projects in Scratch, Python, HTML and more; No matter if you are a programming genius or a total beginner, everyone is welcome in this club.

Further Information

  • CoderDojo is suitable for ages 7 to 17
  • No experience necessary—beginners and coding experts alike are welcome
  • You’ll need to bring a laptop (with a full battery) and a charger
  • All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
  • This event is completely free but numbers are limited and we do ask that you book a place in advance so that we can plan for the correct numbers. If you book and are unable to attend, please let us know so we can offer it to another visitor.
  • Sessions will be held in the learning space at The Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre