The next Exeter Raspberry Jam will take place on Saturday 6th August in the Rougemont Room at Exeter Library between 10:00 - 12:00. As usual there will be lots to do, plenty of help and advice and pis to play with, we'll also have some BBC Micro:bits and Arduinos.
This month saw another excellent mix of coding, and hacking
at the Pi jam.
Following on from last months text a saxophone project, Simon and Ian have now built text a
dinosaur, so you send a text message and
the dinosaur toy springs to life with flashing eyes and a huge roar, and of
course it moves.
Retropie was also set up and proved popular. Other attendees were busy with Scratch, Minecraft pi and Python.
Harley and Matthew were working really hard on getting my RFID module to do something more useful, so this still reads the card but will eventually link up to a database so we can check out equipment at the jam. So far it reads the card and sends data to the serial port, then a computer can pick this data up and process it on the computer level. Thank you to Tom for giving a lot of support with this.
Harley and Matthew are year 8 and 9, this level of work is easily GCSE level. We now have client software to process the data written in python and C# - just shows why events like this are important. They provide encouragement and support to the next generation of coders and hackers.
Thanks also to Tom for giving me a working Obstacle avoiding robot kit which can be used at future jams but also if on visits to schools or clubs etc.
The library have also got some micro:bits, so these were set up for people to use.
These are set up so they can be used from donated
laptops. Hopefully Ian can make it next
week to the Tech jam and give visitors a chance to see the micro:bit in action.
So thanks again to Simon, Ian and the team from Exeter
The next Exeter Jam is on 6th
August and not forgetting the Tech jam
next week 9th July at Paignton Library.