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.
After a successful ‘Sold Out’ series of events at Rise London (Shoreditch) over the Summer holidays with Mums In Technology, I’ve decided to run another Coding bootcamp for 5-7 years and 8+ but this time a bit closer to home, at the wonderfully quirky cafe ‘Canvas and Cream’ in Forest Hill. There will be two sessions each morning ( 9.30am 5-7 year olds & 11.30am for age 8+) from Wednesday 25th October – Friday 27th October, 2017.
With the proceeds of the last bootcamp I managed to acquire 5 Robobit buggies for our South London Raspberry Jam. Lets hope we will be just as successful. Each session is £25 to cover cost of hiring the gallery space and equipment, with just 10 places per session and three of us supporting everyone in the group. It is really a lovely way to introduce young ones to coding. The 8+ group will feature a greater level of challenge but just as fun.
Please do forward the link to anyone you know who have awesome adventurous kids!!!!!
We are also in the final stages of planning our 4th South London Raspberry Jam in partnership with Phoenix Community Housing (who manage social association housing in East Lewisham). What a great opportunity to further our reach into the community. It’s going to be awesome and we have some premium swag to give away. That event is free and will be based at The Green Man in Catford on Sunday 22nd October from 1-5pm. Hopefully someone from the Microbit Foundation will join us to make our Microbit themed Jam really really special. We’re also got a film crew from New York who will be soaking up the community atmosphere as part of “Make Possible’ campaign for ARM. Think Minecraft hack, making and flashing code using mobile phones and controlling robots all with the Microbit.
MozFest 2017 is fast approaching and will be running at Ravensbourne college from 27 -29th October. This my third year at MozFest and I’ll be running a mega Microbit Robot hack but also mentoring Roxsana and Foyez who helped deliver coding workshops with me in Bangladesh back in July (see last blog post). They are running a Microbit Badge workshop. This year my mum’s getting in on the action and will be overseeing the VR track as a Youth Wrangler – so that should be fun too. I think Pycon UK 2017 are running a cool Microbit summit for young people too on the same weekend too but in sunny Cardiff.
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We are also going to do a Pioneers two day Hackathon with Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Mister C (Mark). Here’s the current challenge we will be running the hack around. By the end of the weekend you can submit your group’s ideas – we’ll even help you produce your video entry. We are going to invite London- wide coding groups to attend to promote Pioneers and show how easy (fun) it is to participate. See Pioneers video below – Armageddon and Zombies. Join us on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November at UAL’s – Camberwell School of Arts new hacking space. WATCH THIS SPACE – as we will update and post the Eventbrite link here when it is up and running. Thanks to Mister C & Raspberry Pi Foundation and Chris Follows & Digital Maker Collective at University of Arts, London.
Femi has recently returned from Bangladesh where he ran 17 workshops, introducing the BBC micro:bit to 220 young people over 12 days. He’ll be writing up his blog and posting the vlogs he recorded – shortly at hackerfemo.com.