Category Archives: What we do

Easter workshop fun

What a  great start to the Easter. Sold out sessions and lots of children keen to do coding and physical electronics.

Just some examples of what’s been happening.

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These are some children coding music with Sonic Pi. It seems that knowing your Grade 1 piano pieces helps with inspiring your composition.

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And a packed out session of children learning to code joystick games using the Arduino. Some very inventive ideas.

We used neopixels to create some bright lights.

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And of course, we did Minecraft

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It’s all starting!

So the Pi club officially starts tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing what ideas we can come up with and the projects the children design.

There’s some great ideas here. It shows some of the ideas some American children have come up with.

We’ve been lucky to have been invited to showcase at the 1st STEMTech conference in London on the 29th April. We’ll be demonstrating how the Raspberry Pi can be used in the classroom.

 

So it’s all go and very exciting.

Motors used with Scratch

Stimulate their imagination

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This is an Arduino robot. Pupils make their own robots using the motors,sensors and wheels provided. They use Scratch for Arduino to program the robots and to make them function. The robots can be pre- programmed to carry out a routine or can be operated wirelessly using the Raspberry Pi.

Pupils are able to take advantage of a wide range of sensors and outputs.

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Sensors, sensors, sensors!!

We can teach your pupils to work with a whole range of sensors. Essentially a sensor works by applying power to it. A signal goes to the microcontroller telling you the value of the sensor. As the sensor changes, the signal value changes.

We can teach how to read that signal and to make the outputs or Scratch react as you want.

Sensors available include

  • Temperature
  • Infra – red heat (like a burglar system)
  • Light breaker – break the light beam and the system senses it.
  • Force – a weight measure
  • Flex sensor
  • Pulse sensor – reacts to the heart beat
  • Muscle sensor
  • Liquid level measure
  • ID tag sensor
  • Distance sensors
  • Touch sensors
  • Soil temperature
  • Noise sensor

Sensors can easily be integrated into any system. Pupils can write a program that allows the system to respond as you want and as to where the imagination takes them.

 

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Building robots using motors

We are able to teach your pupils how to control up to 5 different motors from one board. This allows some interesting robots to be built, especially when linked to some of our sensors. Sensors include distance sensors, touch sensors and people detectors. Pupils can fit a camera to get feedback of where they are.