Tinkering Necklaces: from 2D to 3D to Go

Plans for a no-tech/low cost maker day soon turned to digital thoughts from the young people involved.

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What emerged?

Washer comparisons to Pokémon balls and an online theme using only thermochromic paint and creativity as transformation tools.

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Design thoughts a go 🙂

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All singing & dancing STEAM’d cake

The challenge was set:

To create an ‘all singing & dancing’ Strictly-themed cake and one that scores a ten for creativity on the paddle.


Lights, hidden wearables and a collaboration with Jo at Joy To Eat Cakes:

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And a musical code remix:

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STEM to STEAM: Coding Art with Sphero

An opportunity to look at drag and drop programming with the Sphero and see how far we could extend initial STEM to STEAM ideas for it.

We’ve been controlling with a phone app and coding with Tynker, so for this project SPRK Lighting Lab was used with an iPad.

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Jackson Pollock style influences, although what we’re really hoping for is progression of programming to aspire to A Bigger Picture by David Hockney.

Yorkshire dreams as next steps. One day  🙂

(Not so) Extreme Computing: Summer Digital Making Challenge

 

  • Flip-flops. Check 😀
  • Sunglasses. Check 👓
  • Summer reading in the bag. Check 📗
  • Suncream and hat. Check 👒
  • Raspberry Pi packed. Check 👝

 

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We’re all set for the Summer season with a holiday coding challenge inspired by extreme reading activities, alongside another project from the maker community.

A conversation about challenges for teens got me thinking at FabLearn Europe, when I heard about this brilliant makerspace in a bag project used by Swedish embassies around the world.

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The bag in this case is ‘hand luggage sized’ and we’ve taken guidance as criteria from our nearest Yorkshire based airline.

Size is definitely everything in this project case, as all finished digital making designs and builds need to fit within the luggage *

Extreme final designs with extraordinarily large resources aren’t allowed within the rules of this challenge.  Success lies within carefully planned and packed purpose and digital making.

Students involved have access to Raspberry Pi loan kit and add-ons once they’ve created a first draft of their design process.  Then it’s off to the Leeds Riviera or beyond to extend creativity and design-thinking over the break 🙂

 

*That said, security considerations will be shared and we’ll be encouraging students to work on their code, rather than take their digital making equipment with them in hand luggage, if they do travel abroad.

Leeds Raspberry Jam, 6th July 2016

Robots, clocks, game making, Pygame and musical compositions with Sonic Pi.

This month’s jam was a blend of personalised projects and inspiration through collaboration.

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We got the chance to do a bit of clock watching this new timepiece.  There’s something wonderful about seeing binary in colour 🙂

Details about the project from this link to The MagPi magazine article, for anybody interested in building one themselves.


 
We were also joined by some of the Young Makers’ group from Swallow Hill, who came along to develop their robot making.

 
Of course, add one robot to a Jam and another one very quickly appears. We soon turned to more plans from more of the group for the April 2017 PiWars event and challenge.

Next dates will appear on Eventbrite and through @LeedsRaspJam next week.