Maker aspirations and inspirations

PiParty was brilliant and another reminder of the strength of community in supporting and inspiring digital makers; experienced makers or those dipping a toe into projects.

Got me reflecting on my own motivations for learning, and learning from others, and took me back to the first ‘YESSSSSSSSS’ traffic light moment as I prepped a course for teachers the following week.

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And of course a chance to see new lights and hats for project inspirations, and a bag of Blink! to take back home to bling something up!


Quite often new ideas emerge from working with young makers and their teachers in schools, or at community Jam events.

It’s always 2-way, and hearing 6 year olds talking about ‘amazing’ Raspberry Pi and realising some of it’s potential makes the future of digital making look very bright indeed 😀

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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.

Modelling the derny bike motion with a Scratch controller

Tinkering again with input devices.

Example here of children using the Scratch Controller from TTS to add complexity and model real world situations:

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 : )

 

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.

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