Coder Dojo

Lane County Coder Dojo

The Program

The Coder Dojo at Lane Community College is a nationally connected and locally developed open-source computer coding project designed for elementary, middle and high school students to receive age-appropriate code training in a college environment. All for free, thanks to the generous financial support from the City of Eugene from 2014-2016.

The program aims to create interest in the field of computer science, especially among girls and underrepresented youth. The Dojo is a collaboration between the City of Eugene, Lane Community College, Eugene 4J school district, local computer industries and organizations, and the University of Oregon.

This spring, the project earned national recognition for promoting digital equity, and was named the Community Broadband Digital Equity Project of the Year by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisers (NATOA) Board of Directors.

boy working on computer

Signing Up

The Dojo uses the service, Meetup, to notify you of upcoming workshops and events, and allows you to RSVP to high-demand sessions (like Lego Mechanics!). Sign up for the Dojo's Meetup and join the fun.

Workshop Content

The Dojo provides a range of workshops for elementary, middle, and high school students, all held in Lane Community College's Mary Spilde Downtown Center across from the public library in Eugene. Sessions are between the hours of 3:30-7p.m. during the weekdays, as well as Saturdays, allowing all school-age children to participate. Special sessions may also be held during academic breaks.

e-textile figuresExamples of past and future workshops:

  • C++,
  • JavaScript,
  • C#,
  • Scratch, 
  • Contraption Maker
  • e-textiles
  • Game Maker
  • Scratch for Teachers (an intro to programming)

Support the Project

Interested in supporting the Dojo's work into the future? This demonstration program has only one more year of pilot funding from the City of Eugene. The Dojo is actively seeking long-term support from the community to continue into the future, both from individuals and industry. Interested in donating to the Dojo's ongoing efforts to support youth education in computer science? Contact the Lane Community College's Foundation and make a donation to the Dojo. All donations are tax deductible.

Lane Community College Foundation
4000 E 30th Avenue
Building 19, Room 270
Eugene, OR 97405
Phone: (541) 463-5135


boy planning his project

Many people and organizations have come together to help the Dojo since its inception late fall 2014. The following organizations and companies have joined the Dojo project along the way by providing volunteers to run workshops, disseminating information about the project, and other support work that has made the Dojo a fantastic learning-space for the young people of our community. 

  • Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network of Eugene
  • CodeChops
  • Lunar Logic
  • University of Oregon's Education and Computer Science Departments
  • WICS- Women in Computer Science
  • Eugene 4J Parent group
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Thinkersmith
  • Lane Educational Service District
  • FertiLab
  • Technology Association of Oregon
  • Concentric Sky
  • Blue Storm Engineering and Productions
  • Red Giant Film Making and Motion Graphics Software
  • Spotkin
  • CIS students both from Lane CC and the UO

Other Coding Resources

Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.

National Coder Dojo movement. CoderDojo is a global movement of free, volunteer-led, community based programming clubs for young people.
Scratch. Free program for young people to learn the beginning elements of coding.