Exploring paper circuits before a live data feed

I’ve got an idea in mind to create a piece of artwork to visualise some live data, and wanted to see how quickly we could create a starter paper circuit.

Ordering Chibi Lights from the good folk at Pimoroni meant a first attempt notebook circuit within 24 hours and a whole lot of ideas to follow up.

A completely different context here, with a Spanish and dance theme explanation to follow 👠

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Robotic arms: Clutching at computational straws

I wanted to link computational thinking to tinkering with a low tech approach to explore artificial intelligence for children.

Moreover, to support design thinking skills as we inspire the next generation of digital makers at Raspberry Jam and other maker events with projects sharing robotic arms and other AI examples.

Construction-based activities with the clear focus on high tech progression of learning possibilities.

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Understanding robotics and then design using straws, string and tape was the starting point to launch a series of challenges based on problem solving.

From that led to the inclusion of Strawbee kits.  Whilst still keeping to low tech resources, more robust structures made successfully accomplishing more complex challenges possible.

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Next steps: Debugging to be continued and then programming 🙂

Ending the year with wearable sparkles

Seems fitting that after a year of deconstructing dance and concentrating on Tim Ferriss’s ‘material over method‘ approach that 2015 ends with final sparkles in the form of wearable tech with Codebug.

And with so many projects focused on inclusivity and participation, it’s been great to see new and emergent collaborations nurtured to share knowledge and projects.


 
Reflecting on Purpose before tech or vice versa this week, I’ve realised that during the year my intentions have differed through defined purposes.  And actually, I’ve probably learnt more about learning through computing with unfinished projects, collaborations and planning possibilities. Very much a personal fascination during MakerEd research observations.

Dance was different; very much so.  Learning analytics supported a focus looking at data to inform and giving me choices to make decisions impacting on my own performance.  Context and environment became the dance mantra when we realised the significance of these factors with my own learning.

Recognising the trip switch in my head that says ‘no more; data & info overload’ proved one of the more valuable tools supporting learning and teaching.  Both styles adapted significantly, on occasions, after becoming dependent on my afternoon’s work activities.  Moreover, repetition as a pedagogical approach finally nailed the spin turn 🙂

Next steps for 2016?

More projects exploring Learning Analytics in a school environment start in January.  If the approach impacted on my performance, then how can it be utilised in a school setting?  Can data, or rather which data (I’m not meaning the 5 A*-C stick), really impact on educational performance?  More so, what about impacting on students’ learning in primary or secondary school environments?  Can it?

Community learning events with Raspberry Jam also continue in Leeds on the first Wednesday in the month. Link here to the  6th January event at Swallow Hill Community College.

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Raspberry Jam in Leeds

And there’ll be more news coming from the MakerEd Leeds research project too, as another school participate and more activities emerge.

Our blog is also live, now : )

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