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Halloween Scary Pi-Ano – Raspberry Pi and Makey Makey keyboard

Friday, October 31st, 2014

This Halloween I created an indoor halloween light effect using a Raspberry Pi and a PIR sensor. Unlike previous years my children weren’t really involved in making this one, which is because my 9 year old daughter decided to create her own Raspberry Pi based Halloween Project. She has created a Raspberry Pi, Makey Makey […]

Safely controlling mains electricity using the Raspberry Pi and Energenie Pi-mote

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

It’s useful to be able to turn mains electricity on using a computer program. Whilst it’s not hard to create an electronic circuit that can switch mains voltages, if not done correctly it can be dangerous. This is where the remote control sockets can be used to create a physical barrier between the low voltage […]

Malvern Festival of Innovation school’s day

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

It’s not often that you see a Raspberry Pi workshop, a team from (soon to be???) the worlds fastest car and some llamas in the same room, but that’s what you’d find at this years school’s day at the Malvern Festival of Innovation. I was there as a STEM Ambassador helping out on the Raspberry […]

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 […]

HDMI Pi – 9 inch screen for the Raspberry Pi

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The HDMI Pi screen for the Raspberry Pi has now been made and is shipping to the kickstart supporters. It’s been a long wait, although much of that is due to changes and improvements in the design and we’ve been kept informed about the progress. So was it worth it ? … Yes! The final […]

Bletchley Park and The National Museum of Computing

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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 […]

Raspberry Pi club – Programming the GPIO – Traffic Light LEDs

Monday, June 9th, 2014

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 […]

Day out at the Big Bang Science Fair

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

The Big Bang Science Fair is an annual event to promote the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and maths) to children. It’s a way of encouraging young people to study STEM and consider a STEM related career in future. This years show was held at the NEC in Birmingham with smaller local events called “Big […]

Scratch programming – Road safety

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

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 […]

What’s the youngest age to teach Scratch programming?

Sunday, February 9th, 2014

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 […]


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