Raspberry Jam in Leeds: Diaries at the ready for the first Wednesday of the month!

What's next after the Raspberry Jam in Leeds at Digital Garage later this month? More diary dates Exciting news that we've added a regular date and venue to the Raspberry (Pi) Jam Calendar. Starting from 7th October 2015 we'll be meeting on the first Wednesday of each month, at Swallow Hill Community College, in Leeds.  More…

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…

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…

Tinkering to respond to a Tom Gates book

The opportunity to bring in sounds from the outdoors and rock compositions through a doodled book review.  That's one idea in response to the traits and characteristics from a favourite fictional character during the week of World Book Day. Opportunities to trigger by tinkering with electric paint don't happen very often as a homework activity, but occasionally when…

How can the IOT supercharge a superhero?

For a while now I've been exploring the work around the Internet of Things (IOT) and how creative school projects can link to the ideas and considerations from the world of data. In particular, collected data and analysis from the children themselves. As ever, it's been a two-fold exercise to incorporate teacher CPD alongside projects in…

What do I know about Samba? Will an algorithm do?

Dancing with the Stars Algorithm Year 4 had a mini topic based around Samba and learnt about origins, musical instruments and more about Portugal and Brazil.  Then they put a band together.  A very loud Samba band. Next came the 'creative homework' to summarise the topic. And a dance?  Is that an opportunity for dancing…