Some open questions that would help determine the future of our youth activities:
CoderDojos and RailsGirls are essentially free of charge (sponsored), other initiatives like workshop4me in Luxemburg ask for a small fee. Which would be the better concept for Bern/Switzerland? If totally free, some company sponsoring might be welcome, is this the way to go?
In creacode and workshop4me they have themes they work around, at CoderDojo Zurich and Game Design Studio they don’t. Is it necessary to have a focus? How about a project database with links and some first grips on different levels to give guidance for kids who want it? This could be complemented with projects proposed by several external social organizations (that might also be a resource older kids who are looking for some project for a maturarbeit). Is this worth the (large) effort? What are the advantages of different strategies here?
Some interesting themes: games, digital and computational photography, video, web, robotics, creative robotics (for decorating cookies, making music …)
Any input (& further questions) is appreciated