A great way of learning how to link programming and music. You’ll learn to write text based programs to make your own tunes. Change the synthesisers, the length of the notes, the speed of the tune and let your imagination go.
Another of our most popular workshops. This is a very simple workshop. We have a number of custom built robots which are controlled via remote control. They have servo motors which means you can attach arms to them that can go up and down.
The children then add wooden armour, wooden weapons and pins on the weapons. We then put balloons on the robots and they take turns to fight them. It’s very noisy and great fun.
Imagine having a remote control that can turn lights on, sound buzzers and turn on motors – and all because of your programming.
You’ll learn how a remote control works and how to ‘read’ the signals. Once you’ve learnt that, you’ll be able to program as many functions as you want from the remote control. We have robots that have been prepared with LEDs, buzzers, servos and motors. All you have to do is write the program.
Another new one for 2017, Most children will have experienced a switch as simply working when 2 pieces of metal touch together. This workshop introduces a whole new world of switches so their imagination can go wild.
Fire button style switches
Magnet operated switches
Motion sensitive switches
Key operated switches
Children can learn how to make a program react to the position of 1 or 2 switches using Scratch based programming. It could make a buzzer go, a light activate or make a character react on screen.
Following the success of the York club, I have decided to start another club in Harrogate. Hopefully it will be as successful as the York club.
Filling up nicely – advertised it on Mumbler and that seems to have worked. Only 6 places left!! We’ll be doing the same things as in York so it should be good. We’ll also be doing holiday workshops as well.
Well it’s been an interesting few weeks. The Pi club has sparked a lot of interest with children and we are now almost half full. I’m looking forward to seeing what the children can learn and how they make use of their skills.
The BETT show
Been to BETT today in London. There were several interesting exhibitors there working with the Raspberry Pi. There was a good talk by the education lead at Raspberry Pi emphasising that it is not just teaching programming but the skills behind it such as logical thinking and also the creative output. That’s so true. It’s like writing – there’s a skill to learn how to write but it’s the content that’s important.
Been doing several workshops – thanks to Dunnington Primary and Heworth primary for being my test schools. It really helped me to see how things worked in the classroom and it was exciting to see the skills the children developed in only a single workshop.
So lots of ideas from BETT. Some great robots on display and also some really good programs to make interaction with the real world through programs that much easier.
Delivering the computing curriculum to primary schools