Making circuits play ball with Makey Makey Go and electric paint

A Summer of sporting optimism and the anticipation of the start of the US Open after th'olympics and Wimbledon.  That's the background to our latest project, with an intention to nurture problem solving skills and perseverance alongside paddle prowess. And not forgetting role models though making.  In this case though, linking the sound of successes from…

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…

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. Jackson Pollock style influences, although what we're…

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. 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…

Solving real life problems with Flotilla: Successful pairing of clean socks from the laundry basket

Our Flotilla kit from Pimoroni arrives and the first project is 4-fold: Check out 'intuitiveness' in the usual household fashion of what's possible in 10 minutes without reading the instructions.Explore how we can expand IOT possibilities with Raspberry Pi and learn more about inputs/outputs with these new sensors.Have fun and a bit of mischief (that'll…

Minion transformation with a graphite pencil sketch and Makey Makey Go

Yey - Makey Makey Go Inventor kits and booster gubbins arrive on a post-Christmas rainy day. Questions from the floor: What could we do in 10 minutes, including the time taken to unpack the box?How can such a small, portable kit inspire more ambitious projects to create using only space and left click initially?What's possible…

Sensory Tree: Festive tinkering with Soundplant & Makey Makey

A week of numerous conversations supporting plans to make computing and maker more inclusive ended with an email from a colleague that triggered this tinkering challenge. Warm Christmas wishes and the question about which device was controlling the lights on our family's tree. Was it Raspberry Pi? Actually, it was Codebug; an extension that came…

Creating a Looney Tunes ‘PhotoBomb PhotoBooth’ with Raspberry Pi (and a few nervous moments)

Why we did it: We decided to stand by Ahmed.  Simple. The story of the clock, the arrest, and the resulting online discussions proved poignant when working to support MakerEd in education. What we did: This collaboration started with an extended group of like-minded adults from the Raspberry Pi community, which then grew to include a school…

Back to Uni & making way with a new MakerEd Research project.

Last year's Jam Packed Tour was an amazing experience.  That's a description in the cold light of day, and along the way I was known to have use figurative language comparisons along the lines of 'bonkers, crazy and nuts'. Not least that Alan and I had agreement from our employers to be released from commitments on 'JP Fridays' with our full-time…

Exploring recycled treasure at Scrap Leeds

I managed to pop into the Scrap Leeds Creative Reuse Art Project in Farsley this week, having heard so much about their amazing projects and space in the city. Wow, what a treasure trove for creatives and makers! Now that I've got my membership I'll be popping back again soon to join the community making…