Organised by young coders from across the country, this event will give 12 young people, who run coding and digital making workshops in their community, a rare opportunity to receive professional development and training on Day 1. They will be challenged to work in teams to produce four brand new Micro:Bit workshops in collaboration with Computing at Schools, Micro:Bit Foundation, GitHub and Google. On Day 2 members of the public and invited groups will be invited to join them for a celebration of code where the new Micro:Bit workshops will be showcased, along with opportunities to explore additional and digital making workshops. All
Celebration of Code
Tuesday 13th February, 2018
12.00pm – 5.30pm
Drop in and join South London Raspberry Jam for an afternoon of varied and fascinating workshops to celebrate coding and digital making.
In the Chill Out Zone: drop in at any time to explore Wearables and perhaps up-cycle a piece of clothes using colourful neopixels. Alternatively make an awesome bracelet with flashing lights and conductive tape to wow your friends and family. You can even use a micro:bit to control different sequences of coloured LED lights to decorate a bag or pencil case, or even create your very own interactive masterpiece on canvas.
In the WordPress Lobby: come to our iPad stations to record your views, upload to YouTube, and create a WordPress page which you can view later or send to a friend. It’s all very straight forward especially with step by step guidance from friendly coding volunteers. You never know – this could be your first step to becoming a successful blogger.
In the AR Artists Corner: collaborate in creating a mural using an augmented reality app called Visualizar.
In the Workshop Zone: come and show your coding prowess. There will be two different strands of coding workshops running throughout the afternoon – providing over 40 places at any given time, open to all levels of ability and prior experience.
12pm – 2pm: Taster workshops selected by our young organisers to represent their favourite areas linked to coding and digital making:
- Discover with IBM how to create an Internet of Things device using a Micro:bit to broadcast tweets and Node RED to identify positive and negative content.
- Take a journey with the Raspberry Pi and learn how you can take your first steps into a world of new ideas and possibilities that spark from a light bulb moment! Les is a writer and trainer who specialises in helping everyone to find their inner maker.
- Learn how to make 3D objects using software called “A-Frame” and then view them in a Virtual Reality world using VR goggles. It’s as easy as writing one line of code.
2.00pm – 5.30pm: join in on four very special workshops developed and led for the first time by twelve aspiring young coders on a range of interesting areas and aimed at all skill levels:
- Workshop 1: The Micro:Bit exploring Wearables & Neopixels
- Workshop 2: The Micro:Bit exploring Gaming & Networking
- Workshop 3: The Micro:Bit exploring the Internet of Things
- Workshop 4: The Micro:Bit exploring Robots & Physical Computing
Workshops will led by our young coding ambassadors (aged 10-16) and run for 1 hour, with a short break, before being repeated for total of three times.
Just sign up on the day on the large blackboard.
Developed by young coders
The four workshops above will be developed, during a development and training event on the previous day, by our twelve participating young coders. They’ll spend the day learning about new developments in coding and digital making with industry experts from the Micro:bit Foundation, GitHub, Computers at School (CAS), IBM and Google. They will then share their knowledge with you through these hands-on Micro:bit workshops, and the materials will also posted on their website and on GitHub for to everyone to use for free as an Open Source resource.
There will be a video display running showing the ‘unseen’ production of the workshops from that day captured by Raspberry Pi cameras.
This event is proudly sponsored by GitHub