Team Swindon @BCS

Thanks to Beverly and all at BCS for a great start to our NCCE Facilitator Development Program. Swindon were well represented; robots were coded; and the Primary / Secondary / Tertiary worlds of education thoroughly post-it noted!

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Apple IIc reboot

The continuing mission to seek out new ways to get my Dad’s old Apple IIc working – an update.

Looks like a capacitor on the main board might be the culprit. All chips now re-seated (first time using ‘spodging’ tools!)

 

 

 

 

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GWA Coding Enrichment Club

Thank you to Graham and all at Great Western Academy for the invitation to lead their Coding Enrichment Club this term. The fact that every child operates their own laptop, and the marvellous resources were impressive – but what impressed me most was the polite, attentive and eager approach from pupils who were determined to get the most from their time, and to learn how to extend their coding skills into the realms of physical computing and Python.

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South West Conference

Thanks to Beverly, Shirley and the team for a fascinating series of lectures and workshops in the beautiful surrounds of Plymouth University.

I came away feeling ever more inspired to take Computing further, and to broaden what we can offer in schools

 

A first play with Code Bug..

 

 

 

Code Bug, it transpires, is capable of producing 9 data sets and will soon feature WiFi & Bluetooth connectivity.

It has huge potential for Connected Technologies , Maker Education and the promotion of real world applications / data-driven decision making skills.

 

My grasp of core networking theories deepened thanks to Duncan Maidens and his simple-but-brilliant hands on approach to unravelling what data transmission is actually all about.

The whole faculty reverberated with exciting applications of tech.

 

 

from dawn to dusk, Plymouth is a beautiful spot.

 

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The Cigar Box Computer gets a camera

 

..and a relay unit..

 

Beginning to run out of room in the box now! Amazingly the Rav power block continues to provide sufficient mw and voltage level.

Had to dissassemble the Pi 3B to reach the camera connector. Added a double height pin rack for the GPIO to allow access to the pins even with the Astro Pi / Sense Hat reattached.

 

 

 

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Microbit Kodu controller

 

Having enjoyed sharing this with Primary School pupils quite a few times, now it is time to see what Secondary School pupils make of it: answer they mastered the Kodu When / Do  system at lightening pace then proceeded to apply the Microbit control to make a first-person jet flying game in an impressively quick jump Рthe sky is no limit to Year 11 Computer Science students!

 

 

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Relay connect

 

With some of the new circuitry that I have extracted form old toys being in need of higher current switching than I would like to strain a Pi GPIO with, tis time for a relay or two..

 

 

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