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Archive for the 'RaspberryPi' Category

When it’s time to re-install Ubuntu / Kubuntu Linux

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

One of the benefits of a Debian based Linux operating system is how easy it is to upgrade. In the case of Ubuntu and the KDE version Kubuntu then there is a new release every 6 months providing. This provides a way to get the latest versions of all the software with minimal fuss. For […]

Next generation innovators at Malvern Festival of Innovation

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

I recently spent a day at the Malvern Festival of Innovation – introducing pupils to physical computing and computer programming. The event was in co-operation with STEMNet (who arrange the background checks and provide support) and The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) (who provided all the materials and equipment on the day). The event […]

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 […]

Computers and robots – Digital Maker Badge with Beaver Scouts

Monday, October 5th, 2015

The Scouts have introduced some new staged activity badges which provide different levels of achievement. One of the new ones they’ve added is the Digital Maker which is all about using making games, programs and robots. The highest stage goes as far as making their own robot using off-the-shelf components, but I was working with […]

Robot Arm control software for the Raspberry Pi

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Frustrated by the lack of Linux support for an education Robot Arm I bought – I’ve written my own. Other community members had already worked out the code to allow you to program the robot arm yourself in Python, but I wanted something that young children could easily see and interact with. I have therefore […]

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 […]

Neopixel GUI for the Raspberry Pi

Friday, May 1st, 2015

I’ve started work on a graphical application to control Neopixels using the Raspberry Pi. This is one of my first projects using Python and Tkinter. It’s primarily designed for a disco DJ environment where a DJ may want to change the LED sequence based on the music being played. It uses nice big buttons (ideal […]

Raspberry Pi St George’s day with Unicorn Hat

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

I’ve recently bought a Pimoroni Unicorn Hat for my daughter to use on her Raspberry Pi. It’s a add-on for the Raspberry Pi which provides 64 LEDs each of which can be individually set to any colour. As it’s St George’s day I’ve created a St George’s cross. The photo is shown through a diffuser […]

HDMI Pi – Raspberry Pi screen – upgrade to Raspberry Pi 2 / B+

Monday, April 6th, 2015

I bought a HDMI Pi, Raspberry Pi screen through the kickstarter project. When the Kickstarter was run then there were only the model A and model B Raspberry Pi computers and the screen was designed for the model B. Although the B+ was released before the screens actually shipped for logistics reasons (and to reduce […]

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 […]

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