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Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway Santa Special Steam Train

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

This Christmas we visited the Gloucestershare and Warwickshire Railway for the Santa Special steam train. The train was from Cheltenham Racecourse railway station. The train was fully booked, but there were enough tables for everyone to find a comfortable seat. We started with a train journey to the “North Pole” station. The carriage was decorated […]

Birmingham Christmas Market 2016

Monday, December 12th, 2016

Video and photos from our visit to the Birmingham Christmas Market in 2016.

Electronics and Raspberry Pi Halloween Projects

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

These are some of the Halloween Projects I’ve created. Haunted House A scary haunted house, using a Raspberry Pi, home automation, electronics and scary music. Raspberry Pi Haunted House Raspberry Pi MotionSensor Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin My son’s Motion Sensor based Light Up Pumpkin project Halloween Motion Sensor Pumpkin Wizard of Oz Costume A Wizard of Oz […]

Raspberry Pi Motion Triggered Halloween Pumpkin Jack-O’-Lantern

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

My 8 year old son has now completed another Raspberry Pi project. This project is a Halloween Pumpkin, or jack-o’-lantern, which is triggered whenever someone comes near. It uses a PIR motion sensor to detect someone entering the room and then lights up a sequence of NeoPixels. In this case these are static green and […]

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 […]

Redditch Fire Station Bonfire and Firework Display 2015

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Another great Bonfire Night and Firework Display at Redditch Fire Station. Although it was originally expected that 2014 would have been the last display the Fire Service have now confirmed that they do plan to continue with the regular tradition for 2016 and beyond. There is a reasonable admission fee (£4 adults, £2 children in […]

Review of Meccano Meccanoid G15KS educational personal robot

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Introduction This is a review of the Meccanoid G15K personal robot from Meccano. It’s a programmable robot that’s about 4 feet tall (about the same size as a 6 year old child). The recommended minimum age is 10 which I believe is the age for making it; I’m hoping to use it to teach programming […]

Day out at the Big Bang Fair at the NEC – including #Error404

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The Big Bang fair is a free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) event aimed at children aged from 7 to 19. It’s an annual event and I first attended the Big Bang Science Fair last year – Big Bang Fair 2014. I took my 8 year old daughter (now 9 year old) along and […]

Raspberry Pi 2 – New 1GB quad-core $35 computer

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

The Raspberry Pi is a $35 computer designed to provide a platform for children to learn computer programming. The Raspberry Pi was launched in 2012 and became and immediate success, with the only problem being how to satisfy demand when initial orders exceeded everyone’s wildest dreams. Initially many were bought by adult makers rather than […]

Father Christmas at Creaky Cauldron, Magic Alley, Stratford-Upon-Avon

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Meeting Father Christmas at Creaky Cauldron, Magic Alley, Stratford-Upon-Avon


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