Extending digital making collaborations with #ReadySteadyPi

“Everybody’s welcome!”

Since October 2015, and that first monthly Leeds Raspberry Jam at Swallow Hill Community College, we’ve tried to support the community to increase opportunities with digital making activities.

In the spirit of the Raspberry Jam movement, we’ve nurtured new collaborations, peer to peer support, ‘share & learn’ and a range of informal workshops to try to make gaining new knowledge of skills more accessible and open to more community members.

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We’ve been especially appreciative of the guidance offered by fellow jammers and local makers.

They’ve come along and encouraged some new members of the group to crank up a Raspberry Pi for the first time, take a recently gifted Pi out of it’s box or to lend a hand developing complex projects with others.  Well on the way to helping others change the world 🙂

 

Initial sponsorship, and benefitting from being included in the Pi-Top Champions Programme , has seen individuals, groups and families come along, with or without a Raspberry Pi, and join in the activities with our kit and resources.  Or use one of our monitors and accessories for a project on the night.

However, accessing this equipment outside of Raspberry Jam events hasn’t always been possible for everybody, so we’ve explored ways to help resolve this and build on a digital inclusion project from last year.

#ReadySteadyPi is a new project launched after a number of collaborations with the ace Raspberry Pi team at Premier Farnell.

Like Swallow Hill, their Leeds office is based in Armley, West Leeds, and so they’re fortunate to be in the catchment area!  And we’re lucky to be joined by some of the team at Raspberry Jams throughout the year, coming along to see what’s happening and also sharing their own activities and insights.

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This project is about empowering the community to extend support and offering more people the chance to make digital stuff outside of the Raspberry Jam.  A lending library if you like, project plans made at the Jam with help and guidance from the teams, and bringing it back to the community to share.

The primary focus is on collaboration and engagement and the Farnell team are supporting with additional resources.

As we change the format of the events to team digital builds, rather than a workshop, then the future of digital making in Armley looks bright 😎

What’s happened during the first week of it’s launch?

Plans with wearables as control devices for Minecraft, one member building the AIY Project from last month’s MagPi magazine, supporting another Raspberry Jam event, a couple of teachers delivering maker workshops back in their own school with children and community projects linked to data.

Watch this space for more updates.  We’ll have the next Store Cupboard Team Challenge at the July Leeds Raspberry Jam on Wednesday 5th July.  Join us and see what’s possible.

 

 

 

Digital Making at #MakeBelieve

I learnt a lot on Saturday.  With every maker event there are opportunities for collaborations and family learning activities, and this weekend’s #MakeBelieve focus was about young people imagining the tech of the future.

That saw paired projects with peers, intergenerational activities and individual inspirations and inventions at Leeds City Museum – all part of the awesome programme from the Leeds International Festival, and curated by Playful Leeds.

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We transported Leeds Raspberry Jam to the festival with a range of family-friendly challenges.

Digital making projects using Raspberry Pi included Minecraft hacks with Python, gaming with Scratch and exploring connections with GPIO.

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With imagination as the catalyst for invention, it was great to see how challenges progressed and digital stories changed directions with questions and input from others; not necessarily from a coding perspective.

We also had examples of projects from the group of digital makers at Swallow Hill, who have been making Yorkshire-themed robots and taking inspiration from the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s #Pioneers programme.

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So what did I learn?  On reflection later that evening, and catching up with the day’s news:

I want to bring back my imagination and gawp at the future like a child again.  And then I’ll reflect like an adult.  And then as a child.  And as an inventor.  I’ll reflect on them all as inspiration and insight, thanks.

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Big Tech Vs Big Brother: how do you view technology? FT link 29.04.17

 

Shout out to Playful Anywhere for inviting us along and curating a Maker event in Leeds for, literally, everyone.  Through the eyes of the children and their inventions, I came away with so many ideas.

And to @BloodyNoraDJ for the images taken on the day – every one a unique maker story 😀

Wondered about the wonders of Pi? STEM to STEAM just got large scale in Hull!

Raspberry Jams are community events organised to support knowledge share, learning new skills, gleaning new ideas and meeting other like-minded digital makers using Raspberry Pi.

In Raspberry Jam group in Hull continues to grow and expand with new ideas and new projects.  This month we held our first event in the city centre.

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The first Raspberry Jam in Hull was hosted at Kingswood Academy in November 2014. Since then, Malet Lambert became hosts in April 2016 and the most recent event was held at Central Library on Albion Street.

This city centre location has allowed us to test out a new low power network being installed across Hull, as part of the Connected Hull project, and to launch some additional exciting STEM challenges.

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More details to follow soon…watch this space.

 

Details of the next Raspberry Jam event?

Join us in Hull to make, learn, share, tinker and invent together at the next Raspberry Jam on Saturday 22 April 2017.

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Everybody’s welcome, with or without your own mini computer, and it’ll be a great way to find out more about the wonders of Raspberry Pi.

Leeds Raspberry Jam: First birthday at Swallow Hill

Wow – a year since we started to put our monthly meet up into the calendar at Swallow Hill !

This month’s Raspberry Jam had the usual mix of shared projects to make and individual projects to share.

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And with birthday projects came cake 🙂

We’re continuing to extend projects with a digital making focus.

That saw Anne sharing wearables projects this month using microbit and  Codebug, alongside other creators building and hacking games.

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Clear skies on a Wednesday evening also gave us the fantastic opportunity to track the ISS with Mark’s build from this original project.

Using the SenseHat gave more visuals on the matrix in the form of country flags as the space station passed over each country.

Quick video link below as we tracked it over Ukraine, and speed over distances surprised many of us as the ISS clocked up Vietnam to Armley in 20 minutes.


If you’re interested to see when the ISS is next over your neighbourhood, then this alert link from NASA is an excellent reminder.

Next Raspberry Jam in Leeds is Wednesday 2nd November.  Link for free registration is here.

Hull Raspberry Jam, September 2016

Another great community learning event when over 80 people registered, and this time planned with more support for a wider array of digital making projects.

We were joined by friends from GPIO and Code Club  who added to the workshop programme and gave more opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborating and networking.

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Highlights above from Trevor’s ‘Introduction to GPIO – Hello World in lights’ workshop and creative inventions from the ‘Wearable wonders with Codebug‘ activity.

Great also to see projects used before the Summer inspiring new challenges away from the Jam, and bringing them back to share with others.

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With that, peer to peer collaborations focused on IOT using the Pimoroni Flotilla packs and MinecraftPi builds continue to inspire our younger members.

The hackspace gives the chance to work on individual robot projects and we also had a couple working on a flight simulation digital making piece using Scratch on the Pi.

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We shared our ‘Do not feed the bears’ project, demonstrating text to speech and an intro to capacitive touch with Bare Conductive’s PiCap using Python on the Raspberry Pi.

So much more code and tools to explore for next time 🙂

Sharing ideas and resources, along with a chance to catch up, are all part of the spirit of the Jams.

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And great to see our Jam library expanding and being used 📚

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Hands-on training from Victoria, our regional Code Club coordinator, for volunteers about to launch a club for 9-11 yr olds and an overview for those planning to offer a club:

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Great to be able to use our Codebug devices (thanks again CPC!) and offer a practical session as a starter to the wonders with wearables.

We’ll continue to develop opportunities to extend digital making activities for everybody coming along to Malet Lambert.

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Look closely and you’ll see some of our younger members helping others to write and download the code onto the device.  We do say we’re all learning together!

Below is a snippet of Anne’s #TedBot8 project that she’s been nurturing with her grand daughter over the Summer.  Inspiration comes from a film and together they’re building the project and creating a guide which we’re looking forward to seeing next.

Big shout out to our friends from Huddersfield Raspberry Jam who came to support and inspire, then set off on a Jam Coast to Coast journey to finish their Saturday in Blackpool.

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Last we heard from them,  they’d arrived in time for the Blackpool Raspberry Jam birthday pizza 🍕.

Also to mention is Jon for his brilliant new logo for Hull Raspberry Jam. With a backdrop of Amy and Jason we’re looking forward to more digital making projects and STEM to STEAM collaborations across the city :

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Leeds Raspberry Jam September ’16

An introduction to IOT or programming with Python?

Our ‘Sensing the Environment’ workshop gave opportunities to explore data logging, RGB values through animations and smart citizen applications using Raspberry Pi.

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Crazy lights:

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Next Raspberry Jam will be at Swallow Hill on Wednesday 5th October.

Registration link here.

 

Leeds Raspberry Jam, 2nd August

Thanks to Swallow Hill, we were able to add a daytime Raspberry Jam event into the summer diary.

Our workshop centred around coding music with Sonic Pi and led to team tracks and individual compositions which were eventually shared between the group.

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For some of our younger members, they extended previous game making activities with Scratch by adding a controller to their code.

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We’re back to our regular time in September, with our next event on Wednesday 7th.

Registration link below, so hope to see you there : )

 

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