We delivered our 4th Jam in association with Phoenix Community Housing – our tickets were split between our regular Jam attendees and Phoenix’s own tenants. Running the day after the Diversity Day at the same venue, we knew it was going to be go to be amazing.
We offered five different workshops and a range of drop in activities too. Femi ran his brand new Microbit Minecraft session – that was created with the technical wizardry of the great David Whale.
Thomas, another one of our young coders, ran an amazing Neo Pixels and Microbit session with his dad and younger brother, Oscar. It was packed out and it got rave reviews from everyone. Cam and Amit, our teaching volunteers, ran the introduction to the Microbit session and really helped those who’d never coded or used a microbit before settle in. Val, from PiTop, gave great technical support too. Nic Hughes ran the Microbit Robot challenge and did a fabulous job of cascading the art of coding robots with the Microbit. Steward ran his AR experimental Art session, Rachel ran a fabulous Wearables session, Marc & little Alex ran a Makey Makey corner, Tom showed us his latest inventions and Neil entertained everyone with his Soccer robots. Thanks to the whole crew. It wouldn’t be the same without Kano – who ran a Pixel session which, as always, was awesome.
Microbit Foundation sponsored the event so that each child could be given a Microbit at the beginning and journey with them through two workshops and take them home to continue their exploration into coding. A huge thanks also to Pimoroni who donated 20 sewable coin battery holders for our Wearables workshop and Rapid Online who donated 10 SD cards with NOOBS on. Another shoutout to pi-top who generously give an additional 10 pi-top CEEDS (wow) along with Frank and Val as backup on the day.