Hour of code 2018

    This year the Hour of Code will be the biggest and best ever. There is so much I can’t wait to share, and it starts with a special video! Creativity is our theme for the Hour of Code this year. Hour of Code during CS Education Week, December 3 – 9th. Students worldwide…

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Netbook Upgrade

  I spent a few hours this afternoon migrating my netbook from Lubuntu to Debian 9.5 (Stretch),  this went really well. There were no issues with hardware support as I had already tested this before migration. So having installed the base OS,  installed extra software and copied back all my backed up files.  I am…

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CodeClub Paignton – Update

  Just a quick update. I will hopefully running the Paignton Code Club from 15th September 2018. I am NOT taking over on a permanent basis,   but want to keep the club running until the group leader is able to take over and carry on.  I can then go back to just helping out…

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Worksheets and programming resources 1

  I am working on a set of worksheets to explain / demonstrate various programming ideas.   However as Scratch 3.0 is very close to release I am using this as a basis for these resources. I will be releasing under some sort of creative commons license, however as I am also looking for paid work…

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Updates May 2018

  The past week has seen a somewhat flurry of activity around a range of different issues. Firstly,  I was contacted with regard to CoderDojos starting up in Devon.   This is really exciting as it takes Code Club to the next level and extends participation to 7 – 17 year olds.   There should be a…

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Futurelearn course update May 2018

  I have decided to undertake my next future learn course ‘Teaching programming in Primary Schools‘.  This covers using scratch to create simple and more complex programs.  It is designed also cover the basic concepts in programming. Hopefully I can not only use what is taught to  help me as a Teaching Assistant in schools…

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Exeter Pi Jam – April 2018

Exeter Raspberry Pi Jam – April 2018 Presented by 2.times do,   and held at Exeter Library This months Exeter Pi jam was really busy and varied.   Held in the Rougemont room,   there were lots of people including families all hacking away at various projects.   Outside of the main room on the way in was the…

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Exeter Pi Jam Feb 2018

Exeter Pi Jam Feb 2018   This month was the usual mix of robots, raspberry Pi, arduino, etc About 12 – 15 workstations were set up with a range of activities to choose from: Scratch ScratchGPIO Python PythonGPIO Minecraft hacking with the Minecraft API software as well We also had various robots based on a…

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Exeter Raspberry Pi jam Feb 2018

Exeter Raspberry Pi jam Saturday 3rd Feb 2018 sees the next Raspberry Pi jam taking place at Exeter Library,   as usual the will have Pi’s, Micro:bits, Arduino, electronics etc.  So lots of hacking, learning and fun, as well as the usual chat, help, advice and support. Should be good.    See you between 10 and…

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Tech Jam – Jan 2018 write up.

January 2018 We set the room up as usual and implemented a new table layout for the Physical computing are, which myself and Matthew worked out in Early December 2017. This worked really wall as the horseshoe shape allowed 3 sides to get access to hardware while leaving a larger area, sectioned off with chairs…

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