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…

Context with data or data for context? And make learning that context.

Pedagogy before technology and learning before data. As an educator that's always going to be my perspective, and in recent years an exciting (sometimes puzzling and frustrating) arena with data has been developing in education. Purpose and context are paramount to the effective use of big and small data in schools, and obviously centred around it's impact on learning.…

Back to Uni & making way with a new MakerEd Research project.

Last year's Jam Packed Tour was an amazing experience.  That's a description in the cold light of day, and along the way I was known to have use figurative language comparisons along the lines of 'bonkers, crazy and nuts'. Not least that Alan and I had agreement from our employers to be released from commitments on 'JP Fridays' with our full-time…

Exploring recycled treasure at Scrap Leeds

I managed to pop into the Scrap Leeds Creative Reuse Art Project in Farsley this week, having heard so much about their amazing projects and space in the city. Wow, what a treasure trove for creatives and makers! Now that I've got my membership I'll be popping back again soon to join the community making…

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…