Digital Blog

I love attending tech events either as a speaker, a workshop facilitator or delegate. This page lists the 20 most recent blog posts and events calendars.
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Scratch Europe Conference

I had a fantastic weekend in Cambridge volunteering at Scratch Europe Conference 2019. The event was hosted by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and held at Churchill College. There was a good selection of talks, workshops, keynotes. The ‘swag bag’ was amazing as every delegate was given a complete Raspberry Pi 4 starter kit. The conference facilities at Churchill were excellent and everybody from the college was very supportive and helpful.

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Borrowing Equipment

If you are close to Birmingham and need to borrow some Raspberry Pi pi-topCEED for a workshop or event you are very welcome to borrow mine.   I can lend you: A flight case containing 10 pi-topCEED workstations with keyboards, mice, power supplies and extension leads. Each Pi has a protoboard for doing

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Events Diary 2020

2020 has become very different from what was originally planned with many events cancelled or moved on-line. (OL) Spencer – June 2020 January Interactive Futures (Raspberry Pi workshop) Maker Monday February Maker Monday March April Raspberry Pi research: Education Research Symposium (OL) CAS: Curriculum planning training (OL) CAS: West Midlands

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Scratch Europe Conference

I had a fantastic weekend in Cambridge volunteering at Scratch Europe Conference 2019. The event was hosted by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and held at Churchill College. There was a good selection of talks, workshops, keynotes. The ‘swag bag’ was amazing as every delegate was given a complete Raspberry Pi

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Events Diary 2019

January BETT February Interactive Futures conference WhizzKids training Aldridge Library workshop March Raspberry Pi Birthday party Scouts training Raspberry Pi Foundation PiWars April Spring Harvest 2019 May 3dMeetup UK June Exabytes 19 July Aladdin (School production) NCCE Courses August Maidwell Taster (Raspberry Pi Workshop) Scratch Europe Conference (auditorium venue manager)

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Raspberry Fields

Raspberry FieldsA Festival of Digital Making – Cambridge30th June – 1st July 2018 It is about 24 hours since I got home from Raspberry Fields and I thought I would put down a few thoughts about the weekend and particularly what I got out from volunteering at the event. Raspberry

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RPi Birthday party

A second slice of Birthday Cake After being snowed in on the 3rd March we really looked forward to the rescheduled Birthday party on the 28th April. We had a great day at Birmingham City University with well over 60 people attending the party. The birthday party had all the

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No cake for us today

No cake for us today … Myself and Tim Wilson had our first planning meeting for the Raspberry Pi Birthday party back in late December 2017 and after much planning we had brilliant day planned for today. We had an amazing venue, great speakers, awesome workshop facilitators and loads of

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Events Diary 2018

January ProPresenter training at Knowle Parish Church BETT February KPC weekend away March Coffee, cake and coding Spring Harvest team training Sonic Pi workshop Maker Monday: LED special (presenter) April Tour of BackFace studios Birmingham Raspberry Pi birthday party June Raspberry Fields August Maidwell taster (summer camp) 3d meetup Space

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The RPi Community

The Raspberry Pi 5th birthday weekend was a fantastic event and really showed off the best that the community has to offer. To run such a big event the Foundation called out to its biggest resource for help …. The community pitched in and over the weekend nearly forty volunteers

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Events Diary 2017

January Warwickshire Raspberry Jam at Eagle Labs Birmingham BETT February pi-topCEED development day Workshop at TNMOC Minecraft workshop at Shirley Library March Raspberry Pi 5th Birthday Party Visit from CodeClub West Midlands  Physical computing workshop April Minecraft programming workshop May Engineer Challenge (train) presentation day June Primary school programming day

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RPi Pokedex

Over the last few weeks I have seen my Philip age 12 really engage for the first time in a digital making project and see it through to completion. Philip is a year 7 student from Birmingham, my son and an all-round really great kid! Quite a few people have

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Birthday Honours

I woke up to some really exciting news on Twitter. Eben Upton the father of the Raspberry Pi (and all round lovely guy) has been awarded a CBE in the Birthday Honours list. A huge congratulations to Eben and all the people at the Foundation. Well done!

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Hub launch at Birmingham Airport

I had my second visit to Birmingham Airport today for the official launch of the Learning Hub and opening ceremony performed by Baroness Estelle Morris. We had a number of primary schools with us who did a range of activities in the new Learning Hub. This saw my first joint

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Pi at Birmingham Airport

Today may have been a first for Raspberry Pi Jams as we held our first one at an airport. This afternoon we saw nearly 30 people using the new learning hub at Birmingham Airport for two hours of Minecraft fun and games. Feedback was really positive and we look forward

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4th Birthday bash

At 5am on the 5th March I got up and drove to Cambridge for two great days of Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi Big Birthday Weekend was a fantastic weekend organised by Michael Horne and Tim Richardson and supported by a whole army of volunteers from the Raspberry Pi community.

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Happy 4th Birthday RPi

Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi It is amazing to see how things have changed and developed in the world of computer science since the introduction of the Raspberry Pi. Whilst other singe board computers are available, it is the community behind the Pi that have really made it a game changer.

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PiWars at Cambridge TV

I can’t believe it is just about a month since we are at PiWars and it was a really great day! Adam from Cambridge TV has made a great video from PiWars which went live today here You can also check out more of Cambridge TV at their vimeo page here While

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Events Diary 2016

January  Year 4 Minecraft Workshop Solihull Teachmeet February Coventry and Warwickshire Raspberry Jam @ Coventry MakerSpace Hillstone Primary school workshop March Hollyfield Primary School Raspberry Pi Big Birthday weekend April Coffee, cake and coding CPD Mini Raspberry Jam at the Birmingham Airport hub Official launch of the Birmingham Airport hub

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Taking Raspberry Pi on the road

11/11/15 20:26 Outreach work with the Raspberry Pi Over the last two years I have developed a number of workshops which I have either delivered at Raspberry Jam events or at my school. This year I am very fortunate to have three hours on my timetable once a fortnight for outreach

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Birmingham Raspberry Jam

With Raspberry Jams, free CPD sessions and most recently Picademy, Birmingham is rapidly becoming a great place for the Raspberry Pi. On Saturday 31st Martin O’Hanlon ran a very successful Raspberry Jam at the Google Digital Garage in the Library of Birmingham. 39 people came from a range of backgrounds and experience

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CamJam June 2015

Getting Philip up at 6am on a Saturday morning is never fun but it was definitely worth it for another great day in Cambridge at CamJam. Packing the toolbox Arriving at CamJam Our “Show and tell” table Time for Lunch Astro-Pi competition ideas Babbage is taken for a ride A

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