Cisco thingQbator Manchester

Exciting news for 2019: thingQbator Manchester is to delivered by The Foundation for Digital Creativity at Manchester Met University. It’s the first European university in a worldwide network of IoT (internet of things) innovation spaces funded by Cisco, and launches with a workshop programme on Wednesday 20th February. To find out more: ‘Cisco thingQbator‘ is a network of makerspaces in partner Universities…

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…

Next steps: Building a Digital Foundation

Exciting times ahead! The start of this new academic year has seen us launching The Foundation for Digital Creativity. I've been blown away by the messages of support and encouragement received as I've 'regenerated' from my previous role over the Summer and new plans and collaborations emerge. We're on a mission to advance the education…

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…

Digital Making at #MakeBelieve

I learnt a lot on Saturday.  With every maker event there are opportunities for collaborations and family learning activities, and this weekend's #MakeBelieve focus was about young people imagining the tech of the future. That saw paired projects with peers, intergenerational activities and individual inspirations and inventions at Leeds City Museum - all part of the awesome programme from the Leeds…

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…

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,…

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…