New Ventures

About two weeks ago I came up with the idea that there should be a community magazine for the micro:bit. I proposed the idea to another two community members who loved the idea and this is where micro:mag was born.

“micro:mag is the unofficial micro:bit community magazine”

Today (3rd of April 2018) seen the official launch of micro:mag and call for contributors. If you would like to write for micro:mag get in touch at micromag.cc or email us at hello@micromag.cc.

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I Am Going To MozFest 2017!!!!!

MozFest 2017 is less than a month away. As some of you are aware I attended MozFest last year as a volunteer helping out within the youth zone. Well, I am going back this year as a facilitator running a session called Quick reaction game within the youth zone. I am really looking forward to going back.

The main focus of the festival this year is Internet Health. One of the key areas is Digital Inclusion. This is really important to me because coming from Scotland I am just now seeing some computer Science coming back into the School curriculum unlike England has been doing Computer Science for a few years. The way technology is growing and changing it is important that everyone has access to learning about digital technology and how it is evolving otherwise they are at a huge disadvantage.

My session fits into Digital Inclusion by teaching a wide age range of people about programming physical components like LEDs and Buttons through a Raspberry Pi and Edublocks. The session differs from others like it by being able to cover a wider age range and the coding ability of the participants due to using Edublocks instead of Python which is what most sessions like this are coded in. By opening this session up to a wide age group I hope to inspire some new young coders to carry on coding and experimenting with technology after MozFest.

Pi Lab

What is The Quick Reaction Game?

The quick reaction game consists of an electronic breadboard, 2 push buttons/tactile switches an LED all connected to a Raspberry Pi so you can program the components and make the game. Participants will be programming the components through EduBlocks

Why Should You Attend My Session?

If you have been learning Scratch for a few years and looking to challenge yourself but think Python is out of your depth well this is the session for you. As well as getting to build a simple electronic circuit you will be programming it through Edublocks, which is Python code in block format like Scratch.

Hope to see you there!