Constraints on creativity

Much has been written this week about a squeezed creative curriculum in our schools, including a perceived emphasis of teaching children to code to the detriment of other subjects in a timetable. Two points close to my heart and, for me, very much linked to curriculum and a wider perspective.  Also highlighted through conflict coming…

Heat transfer printing with tinkering possibilities

A birthday surprise this year was a Saturday Heat Transfer Printing course at the fantastic Leeds Print Workshop.  Result, loved it : ) Great chance to learn about basic techniques and it certainly opened my eyes to possibilities with my own e-textile projects and ambitions with creative data viz. A snapshot of my learning steps…

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…

Wondered about the wonders of Pi? STEM to STEAM just got large scale in Hull!

Raspberry Jams are community events organised to support knowledge share, learning new skills, gleaning new ideas and meeting other like-minded digital makers using Raspberry Pi. In Raspberry Jam group in Hull continues to grow and expand with new ideas and new projects.  This month we held our first event in the city centre. The first Raspberry…

Leeds Raspberry Jam: First birthday at Swallow Hill

Wow - a year since we started to put our monthly meet up into the calendar at Swallow Hill ! This month's Raspberry Jam had the usual mix of shared projects to make and individual projects to share. And with birthday projects came cake 🙂 Great night @LeedsRaspJam on 1st birthday. Incl @Space_Station . One…

Leeds Raspberry Jam, 2nd August

Thanks to Swallow Hill, we were able to add a daytime Raspberry Jam event into the summer diary. Our workshop centred around coding music with Sonic Pi and led to team tracks and individual compositions which were eventually shared between the group. For some of our younger members, they extended previous game making activities with…

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…

Hull Raspberry Jam, Saturday 25th June

Great to see the Raspberry Jam community growing in Hull. This weekend we welcomed over 40 people into Malet Lambert School, on a sunny Saturday morning, to share and learn together using Raspberry Pi. New collaborations forming, and family learning challenges extending, as teams expand with added experiences and programming snippets from others. One of our workshops centred around…

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…