Today is the 50th Anniversary of the BASIC programming language, and I got all misty-eyed thinking back to being an 11 year old learning BASIC for the very first time. I decided to do some small things to celebrate the language that started me off.
Python is not a bad language to learn how to program a computer, but it’s syntax and layout rules are a bit different from other languages. In the early days, kids in a club will keep asking for regular help decoding what that “SyntaxError” message means. The Python Flashcards are a useful tool to stop you being run ragged. Continue reading
Here is a copy of the slides I used at my “How can a STEM Ambassador help your school” talk at the 2014 OCR Raspberry Jamboree.
At the Stevenage Raspberry Jam in October, I built and demonstrated a simple method of connecting hardware over the network, using two Raspberry Pi computers.
Myself and @ryanteck (Mr Rastrack) ran some Raspberry Pi workshops this week. I put together a simple network chat application between two Pi’s to demonstrate how easy it can be to build a network aware application.
It’s been a while since I wrote a blog about a project, mostly because I’ve been very busy with my day job. However, I thought I would break”radio slience” and write this one up, because it was huge fun, and also I think parts of it might be of use to others.
We’re writing drivers and sample code for a whole range of bits of hardware – specifically as a way to get various devices working on the Raspberry Pi.
Today was Raspberry Jam #8 in Milton Keynes. Originally Peter (@PeterOnion) who runs the jams at the National Museum of Computing (@tnmoc) at Bletchley Park, wasn’t sure whether there would be enough interest over Easter, but advertised it anyway, and all 40 tickets were sold – it was a packed house, lots of new visitors and also some familiar faces.
Today I went with my STEM Ambassador hat on to a secondary school in Essex, to help out at a lunchtime science club, and to help launch a Raspberry Pi aspect in their existing after school STEM club.
The science teacher had mentioned at an assembly this week that the school were looking into getting some Raspberry Pi computers for use in the after school club, and if anyone was interested, to get in contact. I don’t think she was quite prepared for what was to follow!
13 year old Amy Mather at the CPC Raspberry Jamboree 9th March talking about her game of life simulation for the Raspberry Pi.
In it, there is one particular phrase she used that cleverly summed up my 35 years as a software engineer…. “I want to make the computer do what I want it to do, not what others designed it to do”. Hooray! At last, someone who understands!
I’ve only recently come to join the Raspberry Pi party, a little bit of a late arriver, but what I have discovered is that there is a huge, enthusiastic and very talented movement behind the whole thing. After a great chat on the phone a few weeks ago with Alan O’Donohoe @teknoteacher, the founder of the Raspberry Jam movement, I decided it was time to go along to my first jam and see what it was all about.