Hull Raspberry Jam, Saturday 25th June

Great to see the Raspberry Jam community growing in Hull.

This weekend we welcomed over 40 people into Malet Lambert School, on a sunny Saturday morning, to share and learn together using Raspberry Pi.

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New collaborations forming, and family learning challenges extending, as teams expand with added experiences and programming snippets from others.

One of our workshops centred around using the Invent With Python resources to play and hack games together.


With a community of young digital makers, adult programmers and developers, inventors, teachers and parents, we see exciting projects emerging from our introductory hands-on workshops.

Shared experiences and ideas can quickly develop with those connections and project boxes of kit and gubbins at the jam.

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Examples above from one of our younger members, who has used what she already knows about project possibilities with Python to author interactive fiction stories.

Sharing Lord of the Rings adventures leads her to animation tinkering with one of our Sense Hats.

And as we hear about another group using sensors on the hat to control their hacked squirrel from the first workshop, the snowball effect on ideas continues.

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Personal projects still continue, making use of on-site Q&A and extra kit.  Game making with Scratch and then developing controllers.


Or exploring Jon’s tweeting selfie cam idea and pledging to start your own build:

Smile 🙂

Connecting sensor modules with Flotilla from Pimoroni led to ideas, inventions and conversations about Raspberry Pi and the internet of things.


And adventures with Sphero got more interactive as our youngest member quickly got used to the interface and we tried to jump 🙂


Seems like the idea of robot building, and a day out to see even more robots, is appealing to more than just our members who have highlighted 1st April 2017 on the calendar and started making already.

Look out for Team @HullRaspJam visiting PiWars in Cambridge!

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Check out @HullRaspJam and Eventbrite for upcoming news about a next date in the Hull Raspberry Jam diary.


Flying Ninja Catapult and other simple machines

We’ve been connecting ideas with straws to understand what a simple machine is and using design thinking to develop complex skills.

With a maker kit of Strawbees to support innovations to solve real world problems, we first looked at creating a claw machine.


That meant exploring perceptions about the fairness of arcade claws and how building, testing and refining a design could alter effectiveness.

With that came various iterations and changes to the purpose of the claw, particularly after strength testing with raids on the biscuit tin.

Thankfully failure to pick up at this point did strengthen problem solving, and embrace F.A.I.L. as a positive step to finding creative solutions, rather than lighten the cookie load.

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And then next steps in designing new solutions took a ninja twist, with peer challenges, after viewing catapult examples in the Strawbee guide.

Testing times ahead : )

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From Leeds to #Rio2016 with Codebug

We used Codebug as a means to share local sporting  stories but the purpose was to explore possibilities using servos with maker projects.

Moreover, the process of adding additional servo outputs and with them project complexities.

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Drum beats and robot waves were the starting point for some creative problem solving when initially tackling the code and wiring.

Step by step instructions from one of the learning activities proved invaluable until the point of adding the second servo, and then the serious debugging kicked in : )


Link to Waving Codebug activity

Starting simply with code to turn about 90˚ and with short pauses led to a Nicola Adams’ themed build.


Although the wiring still needs a tidy up:

From that grew triathlon-esque levels of complexity with decisions about servos as the most appropriate method to rotate 360˚.

No, but another couple of disciplines to recreate a Brownlee challenge meant no hold-ups in those transition stages.  Until next time!


And did we learn anything else to add to next projects and plans?

Of course.  Servo motion control with the device lends itself to numerous applications using Codebug.

Catapult contraptions à la Rube Goldberg await, although we’ve vowed not to test out prototypes in the vicinity of the cat again 😦