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 ūüôā Great night @LeedsRaspJam on 1st birthday. Incl @Space_Station . One…

‘Quality’ decision making without peer pressure using Picap

Christmas came early last week.  Got to admit that we became embroiled in Quality Street-gate with forceful opinions expressed about which choc should have been replaced. The trouble was that peer pressure swayed some, and anecdotes through rose tinted spectacles blurred others, into thinking that another choc should've been booted first. Out came the first choc…

Hull Raspberry Jam, September 2016

Another great community learning event when over 80 people registered, and this time planned with more support for a wider array of digital making projects. We were joined by friends from GPIO¬†and Code Club¬† who added to the workshop programme and gave more opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborating and networking. Highlights above¬†from Trevor's 'Introduction to…

Robotic arms: Clutching at computational straws

I wanted to link¬†computational thinking to¬†tinkering with¬†a low tech approach to explore artificial intelligence for children. Moreover, to support design thinking skills as we inspire the next generation of digital makers at Raspberry Jam¬†and other maker events with projects sharing robotic arms and other AI examples. Construction-based activities with the clear focus on high tech¬†progression…

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…

Leeds Raspberry Jam, 6th July 2016

Robots, clocks, game making,¬†Pygame and musical compositions with Sonic Pi. This month's jam was a blend of personalised projects and inspiration through collaboration. We got the chance to do a bit of clock watching¬†this new timepiece. ¬†There's something wonderful about seeing binary in colour ūüôā Details about the project from this link to The MagPi…

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…

Seamless wearables from #DayToEvening

Background There's one¬†aim in this tinkering project;¬†to use whatever successes, frustrations and new knowledge gleaned¬†to plan¬†activities and¬†develop¬†next generation digital making sessions. Time to tinker and explore means ideas to be inspired, engage, collaborate and share new processes and opportunities through community, work and personal projects. That shouldn't be lost in the tongue in cheek approach…