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Raspberry Pi 6th Birthday – Birmingham Raspberry Jam 2018

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

Today is the weekend of the Raspberry Pi 6th Birthday. In the past the birthday has been celebrated with a large Raspberry Jam in Cambridge (organized by Mike Horne and Tim Richardson). I have been to the earlier birthday celebrations, supporting workshops run by others, giving presentations and running workshops. For 2018 the birthday celebrations […]

World Book Day – Raspberry Pi and Pimoroni InkyPHat Badge

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Today is World Book Day. For the last few years I’ve been supporting my local school by helping run their book sale. Last year I dressed up as The Wizard of Oz complete with Wearable Electronic flashing bow tie. This year I am a little more subtle as I won’t be wearing a full costume, […]

ESA European Astro Pi Project – Mission Zero – Code that ran on the International Space Station

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The ESA European Astro Pi Project – “Mission Zero”, involved school children creating code that actually ran on the International Space Station (ISS). My son joined with a friend (both aged 9 at the time it was submitted) to create a Python program that ran on the International Space station during February 2018. Here’s his […]

OMSCS Studying online – MSc in Computer Science with Georgia Tech

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

I’ve recently completed an online Master degree with Georgia Tech. This has been a huge commitment in terms of time, but I’ve learned a lot. “University Master Degree – same as on-campus but it’s online” As an online course the cost is only a fraction of on-campus classes, and in my case my employer covered […]

Upgraded Networking Challenge for Computing fair

Friday, January 12th, 2018

I have written previously about a school computing fair that I helped support. I went along again this year as a way to promote STEM and in particular computing. As I work for a telecommunications company then I wanted to promote computer networking as a career option. I didn’t want to just talk about computer […]

Review of MeArmPi robot arm for Raspberry Pi

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

I backed the MeArm Pi kickstarter project earlier this year, and just received the finished product. It’s a, laser cut, plastic robot arm which has a built-in Raspberry Pi. It is created by Mime Industries who have previously created a similar robot arm without the build-in controller / Raspberry Pi. It can be controlled using […]

Networking challenge quiz for school IT and computing fair

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

In the UK, Year 9 (age 13 to 14) is an important stage which can influence the student’s future career. It is during this year that the students first decide on what subjects to pursue, and in particular whether they will continue to study computer science. I recently attended a computing and IT careers fair […]

Element 14 BOO! Pi Costume Contest

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Around Halloween 2016 Element 14 ran a Costume Competition for wearable tech projects. Boo! Pi Costume Contest I was already working on a Wizard of Oz costume so I submitted my project to the competition. You can find out more about the Raspberry Pi – PiZero NeoPixel bow tie here. My costume was one of […]

PyconUK 2016 – Sending secret messages with a micro:bit

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Another year and another Pycon UK. For 2016 the UK’s community Python Conference was held in Cardiff, Wales. It’s also the fourth year that they’ve included a special Children’s day on the Saturday. This included a day of kids coding on Raspberry Pi computers (Pi-Top CEED) and this year each child received a micro:bit to […]

Pi-Top Raspberry Pi laptop computer

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

During my visit to the Raspberry Pi factory arranged by RS I also entered into a competition to win a Pi-Top computer. After a close run vote, I won. So I now have a Pi-Top Raspberry Pi laptop. The Pi-Top is a similar size to a regular laptop, but involves some assembly and uses a […]


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