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 🙂 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…

Hull Raspberry Jam 23 April 2016

Our next event will be in June or July and it's that commitment from the Raspberry Jam community in Hull that has epitomised an excitement and support through Raspberry Pi and computing. Look out for a link to the Eventbrite page (or @HullRaspJam) and also for updates on projects and commitments launched today. We can't wait to see how 'Hedgehog Watch' develops after a lady…

The Yorkshire Mission to Mars – Saturday 12th March ’16

Just a few snippets from a fantastic day for family STEM learning during British Science Week. Full blogposts from the event are at Ground Control's website here, as 90 people joined us at the launch. An amazing collaborative day as the Huddersfield and Leeds Raspberry Jam communities joined through a Space themed Jam - The Yorkshire…

Raspberry Jam in Leeds – March

We got musical, retro and nostalgic in a number of ways this month as members of our community shared projects old and new. Playing the theremin, Clara Rockmore style, gave us ideas with gesture control and modern day equivalents. And of course Clara's musical artistry, and performances 'playing the waves', gave us more than a few creative ideas to…

January Raspberry Jam in Leeds

Our first Raspberry Jam of 2016 was again hosted by our friends at Swallow Hill Community College:  We offered a hands-on workshop to introduce those interested (or intrigued) in programming with Python through gaming, and there were also a wide range of individual questions supported by new collaborations and ongoing sharing: How do I know if I've got the most up-to-date…