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Summer Workshops



Workshops are in Acomb at the Quaker Meeting room, just off Acomb Green.

We normally run 1 or 2 workshops a day with a break between 12pm and 1pm.  Children can bring their own lunch if they want or can go out and return later.


Workshops cost £10 per session or £18 for the day

Mon 31st July

  • 10am – 12pm : Morse code machines (details)

Mon 7th August

  •  Minecraft fun (details) (10 am – 12pm)
  •  Robot wars (details)   (1pm – 3pm)

Mon 14th August

  • Make a movie (details) (10am – 12pm)

Fun with Scratch

Fun with Scratch

Whether you are experienced with Scratch or a complete beginner, this workshop is for you. Learn new skills, share your knowledge and have fun coding Scratch with people who also love coding.

We’ll help you learn and develop your skills or just let you get on with it at your own speed. All equipment is provided.

Suitable for 7 plus.



Code music

Code your own music

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.

It’s a fun way of linking the 2 subjects.


Robot wars

Robot wars

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.

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remote control

Program a remote control robot

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.

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Switches,switches, switches

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.

We have:

  • Fire button style switches
  • Magnet operated switches
  • Tilt switches
  • Motion sensitive switches
  • Multi switches
  • Toggle 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.

A tilt switch

A tilt switch

A toggle based fire switch

A toggle based fire switch


ScratchMyPi expands to Harrogate

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.