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Friday, 8 July 2016

Review of July's Raspberry Jam by Paul Sutton of Torbay Tech Jam

Review of July's Raspberry Jam by Paul Sutton of Torbay TechJam

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 library.   

The next Exeter Jam is on 6th August and not forgetting the Tech jam next week 9th July at Paignton Library.

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