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?'…

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…