Getting started with #AIYProjects

I finally got around to finishing this #AIY project build after completing 'start to cardboard box' with Jr in an hour on the first day : ) Another awesome edition of The MagPi for ideas and inspiration to expand our portfolio of project successes (and, of course, failures). Loved how intuitive the project instructions were…

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…

Sharing learning through digital signage

I've been tinkering with this signage project, using Screenly, after a primary school asked for support to extend opportunities to communicate learning and news. Their fundamental requirement is to share more brilliant learning around the buildings, with a limited budget, and that means using existing screens without adding further network points.   Images, links and video work brilliantly with the Raspberry…

Alexa’s Untold Stories: Voice commands with Raspberry Pi

Intrigued by the opportunities for voice activated reading projects in school, we set to with an Echo hack using Raspberry Pi. Speaker, microphone and Amazon Developer account at the ready, the first tests with 'rock, paper, scissor' challenges against Alexa proved insightful. Multiple terminal windows using Terminator made the set up so much easier for one,…

Getting creative with animation using Sense Hat: Moving Minions

Recently I've been tinkering with the Sense Hat on Raspberry Pi, and mostly wearing a Space and STEM 'themed hat'. With the Principia Mission fast approaching and opportunities for 'Space Jam' activities with students in the diary, it's been great to find inspiration with the Sense Hat for broader and more creative challenges from Carrie Anne's 'Gurl Geek…

Hack the Light Fantastic

Since meeting Adam from Energenie at the Stourbridge Jam Packed event, back in January, I’ve been mulling over far too many opportunities and projects to support using these Pi-mote control devices. Hence the delay with anything concrete to show, other than a hacked dance glitter ball. Of which I was immensely proud of, though 🙂 I…