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…

Soldering on to connect #MakerEd plans

Preparing for the unknown: Next week I'll be facilitating an Ada Day with a group of students who's activities will be centred around student voice and digital making. They'll be challenged to creatively visualise and solve real world problems, which are linked to their school's global citizenship curriculum. Following this first session, the students will…

Exploring paper circuits before a live data feed

I've got an idea in mind to create a piece of artwork to visualise some live data, and wanted to see how quickly we could create a starter paper circuit. Ordering Chibi Lights from the good folk at Pimoroni meant a first attempt notebook circuit within 24 hours and a whole lot of ideas to follow…

‘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…

Strictly More Pi – Take Two

A year ago I asked the question, ‘Will I ever know what it’s like to dance like a dancer?’ It feels timely now to explain the non-stop questions that have followed and the resulting decision. Initially rhetorical, I managed the answer on Monday this week. That was 24 hours after competing at the UKA Premier…

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…

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…

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…