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BETT 2017: 25th – 28th January 2017

This a an extremely delayed blog post about BETT 2017, I should have done this months ago but have never got round to doing it yet. So, on the last week of January 2017, I finally managed to get to BETT, where I was able to see what developments have been made within the education sector and the sorts of technology that are available to schools. These technologies ranged from assistive technology to improve the experience of education due to a disability to small pieces of technology to teach as many people to code as possible. There seemed to be…

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Northern Ireland Jam: 14th January 2017

@gbaman1 row to me self! 😄 pic.twitter.com/OdxVZPmpu8 — Bethanie Fentiman (@bfentiman) January 14, 2017 So, during Black Friday 2016, Ryanair were doing cheap return flights to Belfast in January. I knew Andrew (Northern Ireland Jam Organiser) was doing a Jam in January and that he’d been annoying me to come and visit, which every other time I’d been brushing off with “I can’t afford it”. So during the Ryanair sale, I thought I’d take the chance and A) fly on my own for the first time and B) go and what mayhem Andrew gets up to during his Jam. So…

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Wizard Chess Tour Leg 4: Wat Tyler Centre

Good time at local Raspberry Jam, well done @SouthendTech Good to meet @bfentiman again, also @BoswellsComp & @duck_star pic.twitter.com/vANdWso0dK — ed bye (@ByeEd2) December 18, 2016 Wizard Chess was on the road again, just this time in my car with me driving. This time the Harry Potter chess playing contraption went to the Wat Tyler Centre in Pitsea Essex on the 18th December. Being my first time on a motorway, first time driving longer than going to work, first time driving in a county other than Kent and my first time through the Dartford Tunnel I left stupidly early and…

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First Sittingbourne Jam: 10th December 2016

We’re a hub of activity this morning for the #RaspberryJam! So many great workshops and drop in activities to join in with #techtime #coding — Ideas Test (@IdeasTest) 10 December 2016 There’s Minecraft, robots and jelly babies galore in #No34 today – a digital event that’s fun and full of creative coding #SittingbourneJam — Ideas Test (@IdeasTest) 10 December 2016 Sittingbourne Jam 10th December 2016 So, after a few months of planning and a lot of trying to drum up attendees and volunteers we finally managed to pull of the first Sittingbourne Jam on 10th December 2016. After struggling to…

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Wizard Chess Tour Leg 3: East London Jam

From @eastlondonjam twitter On the 22nd October (I know this blog post is marginally late), I took Wizard Chess and the rest of me on about 3 trains to get to Barking Library for the East London Jam. Believe me that is quite a feat, especially when Wizard Chess looks slightly like a bomb, but I managed to get there in one piece which is always good. The whole event was attended well, with many of the workshops being fully booked even before the event had begun. I have to admit I didn’t see many of the workshops as I…

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Recovering from Mozfest 2016 (Post-MozFest)

So, following on from my last story/post/whatever these things are called?     How did it go? Well, umm… yeah, ha OK? That’s all I can really say to that. Needless to say, some parts went really well and other parts went shockingly badly and me being me, I’ll focus on the terrible bits. Well Friday, for me, mostly consisted of setting up the two Raspberry Pi rooms and then sneaking off to the Demo Party without Andrew knowing so that I didn’t make the mistake I did last year and not see other things at the festival. So I took the…

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The Return to Mozfest (Pre-MozFest)

So, last year was my first time at Mozfest, it was quite overwhelming and an amazing experience at the same time. This year I’m going back as a session leader, rather than just a general volunteer (don’t know whether that’s a good thing yet or not, I’m sure we’ll find out). I’m now 19 and am coming into this year as the organizer of Kent Jams, an outcome from last year’s festival and a recently started apprentice. So I’m hoping that this year will be less overwhelming, more enjoyable and allows me to get something different from the event than…

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Wizard Chess Tour Leg 2: Covent Garden Jam

On the 5th August I traveled to the Covent Garden Jam with my Wizard Chess device, mainly to show Frank and the rest of the attendees. Due to EMF camp happening at the same time (Well, they missed out on magic chess), attendees were very few and far between. Luckily Frank managed to convince some people to come while trying to hunt me down some magnetic chess pieces (I didn’t forget mine, honest). Although David Whale came to the rescue after taking a massive detour to get me some. Considering the lack of attendees the Twitter Sphere went slightly crazy….

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Wizard Chess Tour Leg 1: Harlow

The 16th July saw the first leg of the newly named Wizard Chess Tour (JK Rowling will be claiming copyrights soon, I’m blaming David) in Harlow. It seemed that people who turned up and looked at my robotic chess set seemed impressed (I still don’t get the big deal over it but hey ho) and thanks to Paul and his rather cool 3D Printer I now have a replacement black (well, blue) bishop which now completes my chess pieces, just need to get some magnetic strip to stick on the bottom so that it can interact with the rest of…

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Wizard Chess

I’ve had this idea for nearly a year now that the version of chess in the Harry Potter series should be made a reality. I knew that due to my inexperience of using the Raspberry Pi and my lack of knowledge about the game of chess or electronics, this project was going to be challenging project but I still felt that it was something that could be achieved using the contacts and resources I had at my disposal. I’ve been meaning to find a reason to fully complete this project, I thought that my A Level coursework would be the…

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