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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First Sittingbourne Jam

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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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

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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First Langton Jam

On the 4th March, Kent Jams held a short Jam at the Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury. This was the first event of what may be a regular jam to co-inside with the school’s Public Viewing of the Observatory which occurs once a month from September to March (when it’s dark enough in the evening to view stars with the telescopes). As this was the first Jam we only carried out two activities to ensure that we knew what was going on and to trial run the possibility of continuing the partnership. Hacking Minecraft with Python As…

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Dreamland Makers Fair

The Kent Jams team were at the Dreamland Makers Fair organized by Bits and Bytes over the weekend spreading the Raspberry Pi madness further into Kent. We were using the Raspberry Pi DOTs Boards, now on sale here The kids thoroughly enjoyed the activity with many kids and many parents asking where to buy the boards and the price of them. We had a couple of teachers interested in buying a class set to use within their schools. All in all the Dreamland Makers Fair was a huge success and confirmed more that Kent needs a regular Raspberry Jam to…

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First Kent Jam

On the 30th January 2016 we held our first Kent Jam at the Gravesham Borough Council building. After a long and slow process of organising the event from before Christmas, the event went off without a major hitch. We had nearly all of the 50 tickets sold and a great turn out on the day. After long conversations with the Southend and Covent Garden Jam organisers we finally decided on a Minecraft, Sonic Pi and Astro Pi workshop. Hacking Minecraft with Python The Minecraft workshop aimed to teach people the basics of python coding while still having the fun of…

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