During the second world war Bletchley Park was home to the Government Code and Cypher School and played a critical role deciphering encrypted messages. I first visited a several years ago before it was opened to the public, it seamed a shame then that such an important part of British history wasn’t more accessible. Since […]
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One of the things I’ve been doing as a STEM Ambassador is to help support a Raspberry Pi club at a local high school. At first the club was led by the sixth form students, with the teachers and myself helping out as required. This was working well at first, but with many of the […]
When I first showed my Raspberry Pi based “Ruby Robot” at the Raspberry Jam at Pycon UK, I promised a guide would be forthcoming. I’ve now finished the first draft of my guide to creating the robot. The guide does more than just take the reader through the steps to create a robot. It also […]
I’ve been looking to create a program with my eight year old daughter since running a Code Club at the end of last year. We’ve done some little bits in Scratch, but without a specific project I found my daughter became distracted. I also try and incorporate activities at home related to school projects they […]
Recently I taught programming Scratch to some primary school teachers. One of the questions I was asked was about the youngest age that you could teach Scratch to. It’s a difficult question and as with all teaching it depends upon the ability of the child. I gave the answer that “Scratch is designed for children […]
As an adult I often try and imagine myself in my children’s shoes to try and think about how appropriate something would be for their age group. Usually I can get a reasonable idea of how well they will pick something up, but this review is one where my daughter has helped me to see what it is like to learn programming through a child’s eyes.
This is a review of the Fuze Raspberry Pi based computer.
In the past few years we’ve created a family craft project at Christmas. This has normally been a large Christmas picture. This year we have created a craft project using electronics and programming on the Raspberry Pi.
I’ve just finished a term of Code Club, teaching programming to primary school children aged 8 to 9. This is my experience of running the club. About Code Club Code club is a programming club aimed at primary school children designed to be run in a school or youth organisation. It’s run by volunteers, who […]
Firstly as someone that runs a Code Club and a STEM ambassador I admit that I am a little biased, although I’ve hopefully provided some good reasoning to back up my comments. It seams to me that no matter what you do to try and improve something, there is always someone that puts together some […]
I’ve been hoping to attend a Raspberry Jam for a while, but this is the first I’ve been able to attend. The Coventry Raspberry Jam was held as part of PyCon UK. The Jam was held in a separate part of the Technology Centre campus, but the link up with the Python conference meant that […]