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High altitude ballooning with the Raspberry Pi and Lego figures

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

We visited the education day on PyconUK again this year (read about last years PyconUK Kids education day). It’s a great day for children to get excited about programming and this year electronics as well. Another new feature of this years education track is that the Raspberry Pi education Skycademy team launched high altitude balloons […]

Kids education day at PyconUK 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

PyCon UK is the UK conference for the Python programming language, held annually at Coventry. PyconUK is attended by many professional developers, but has recently added an education day to the line up. Last year was the first day that kids were specifically invited through the PyCon UK Raspberry Jam. For 2014 this evolved into […]

Help Your Kids with Science – Book

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

I have always had an interest for science which I try to pass on to my own children. I will often take my children to science museums for a day out and often talk to my children about how things work whilst out and about. For instance my 5 year old son already has a […]

Runner up in the PA Consulting Raspberry Pi competition

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

During last year I entered into the PA Consulting Raspberry Pi competition. The aim to “Make the world a better place” using the Raspberry Pi computer. My entry was the Kidsafe family Internet filter proxy. I reached the final which was held last week. I had a great day meeting the staff at PA Consulting […]

First steps in teaching programming to a 7 year old

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Yesterday I had my first proper attempt at teaching my 7 year old daughter programming. This is done using the Raspberry Pi with Scratch and the Official Raspberry Pi Programming Manual produced by Computing at Schools. Biggest problem we found was that due to the bedroom TV being wall mounted it was at the wrong […]

Crafts – Christmas Picture (Christmas Tree and Snowman)

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

This years Christmas craft picture is a large Christmas Tree and Snowman. This giant craft picture is the first we’ve made since I mounted a dedicated craft board to the wall. The board is a piece of MDF that I got had the local B&Q to cut to size. The board is much better than […]

Crafts with kids – 3D snowflake Christmas decoration

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Make your own 3D snowflake using only plain paper, sellotape and staples. This is inspired by the Wiki How guide to making a 3D snowflake. My first attempt didn’t work out too well as the cuts were not uniform between the different points of the snow flake. So I created a template to make it […]

Should children under 13 be allowed to use Facebook?

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

A million children under 12 use Facebook each day!

Are you surprised?

I’m not.

Make your own Easter Chicken

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

Create your own Easter Chicken using the following templates. These are easy for children to make, although an adult may need to help with cutting the shapes out first. There are two files. One is a Open Document Graphics file which can be edited using either LibreOffice or OpenOffice.org both of which are available for […]

Cooking with kids – Mackerel Goujons (sustainable fish)

Monday, March 7th, 2011

This is a nice easy fish recipe that you can involve young children with. It’s also made with Mackerel which is considered one of the more sustainably caught fish. For the reasons that this is so important see The End of the Line – the problem of overfishing (also see Buying and cooking fresh and […]


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