Strictly More Pi – Take Two

A year ago I asked the question, ‘Will I ever know what it’s like to dance like a dancer?’ It feels timely now to explain the non-stop questions that have followed and the resulting decision. Initially rhetorical, I managed the answer on Monday this week. That was 24 hours after competing at the UKA Premier…

Robotic Art on the Left Bank of the River Aire?

Since the last Raspberry Jam in Leeds, back in July, it's been on my mind to try out more activities with the Watercolorbot. That Summer's day event was hosted at Digital Garage, with the backdrop of Leeds Dock, and it got me thinking about real-time art applications and projects. Robotic art possibilities on the Leeds' Left Bank? Wanted:…

How do you solve a problem like Ada?

A glimpse into an Ada Lovelace inspired day during a Transition Week for Y6 students.  Poetic science and the obvious focus on progression of programming through algorithmic design. Challenges were created by the students themselves, who quickly discovered wearable tech possibilities using Codebug as their programmable device. Which direction did they take to use wearables as…

Does more noise mean more collaboration at the Leeds’ Raspberry Jam?

Absolutely not? But could it mean more Maker style Meet ups as we move forward? When the team from York Hack Space joined us at this weekend's Raspberry Jam our Maker Space got a tad more ambitious.     An increased range of activities and projects, incorporating Raspberry Pi and Arduino as the basis to hack with, gave way…

Challenging perceptions of Computer Science using ‘real life, regular people’

Invited into Malet Lambert School, Hull, to support their 'Discover me' transition activity got me thinking about my own aspirations at the age of 11. And then inquisitiveness set in to ask friends and colleagues about their career choices, transitions and decision making across those phases.  Responses to 'what did you want to be when you were 11?'…

When cycling data becomes the input, not the output, with Raspberry Pi

Twelve months on from Le Grand Départ of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. A year since the peloton passed through North Leeds on it’s way to the ceremonial start at Harewood House and was captured by a group of young children using their Raspberry Pi mini computers. Planned, coded and created using window sills and…

(Smart) Sounds from the Classroom

We wanted to try out the Smart Citizen kit for ourselves, and then look towards comparative global opportunities, like teachers in Salford recently have.  And a couple in Hull, tentatively, too now. Link to Smart Citizen - Future Everything site But this was a family project and that very much meant being led by the youngest member.…

STEM to STEAM with a Paint-off Challenge

Think I might've sounded a little grumpy lately. Waiting expectantly for a Watercolorbot is one thing but tackling the delivery service encountering comms barriers is another *. Continually looking for approaches and resources to support the Research and Play, I thought this could be a project to explore areas for inclusive computing opportunities and the ease of transition from…