Picademy

A full weekend of study at Bath University. Being presented with the opportunities and the potential of Raspberry Pi by those who know it best. My thanks to Dan, Mark, Laura and Alan for an amazing time.

 

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Plickers in Science

Popping into a Year 7 Science lesson I was perplexed to find all the pupils elevating laminated symbols above their heads as their teacher held her phone up to scan the scene.

The data promptly appeared on the white board at the front. This was my first taste of Plickers in action – now I am keen to give it a go!

 

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Washroom Screen

There is something fascinating  revealed on those rare occasions when computer hardware (here at Heathrow) reveals what it is really thinking.!

 

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English Scratch / debating

We recorded our responses to pupil debating using an agreement / disagreement selector on the screen of each pupil: as persuasion shifts the balance, so the background colour indicates the viewpoint of each pupil around the room.

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Robot Update

After a little father and son time, the latest iteration of the Garage Robot is born! Upon being shared as the designated show-and-tell item, the spinning motor jams on, resulting in a scene of suitable chaos in the classroom with the robot determinedly making the most of its chance to take a turn at the front!

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Crowd Beamer

Testing out a Crowd Beamer unit lent to us by the parent of a pupil. It transmits the video signal (though not the audio) via a dedicated WiFi channel which pupils can then view, zoom in to and capture on their own devices.

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Q

A James Bond themed evening in aid of our local primary school called for an outfit festooned with gadgetry!

Cue Q: A Rav Power block running to a chest held hub so that USB devices could attach centrally with wires tucked away!

The wrist-worn Microbit had different messages displayed including “Pay attention 007” {button B} and {when shaken}: “shaken, not stirred”¬† (of course!)

Having a loudspeaker was fun, although the request for “James Bond to reception, James Bond to reception” could perhaps have sounded less Tesco and more Mountain Lair.

 

 

The neo pixels of a Circuit Playground, or a heart aglow?!

 

 

The gadgetry was investigated once the mission was completed..

 

 

 

 

 

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Cotswold Raspberry Jam

Thanks to Andy Andy Andrew Mark and Paul for a great welcome to their Raspberry Jam, hosted at the Waterworth building of the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham campus.

We demonstrated the Cigar Box Computer in action and enjoyed trying out the Raspberry Pi creations that were on display.

Space Invaders, using three micro-switches

 

Paul has built the most amazing assortment of security equipment that can even face-track and monitor overflying aircraft.

 

Two children are now showing great interest in Scratch, which is a very happy outcome!

 

 

 

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