CAS Conference 2016 – workshop links

I will do a proper write up soon, but for those who were in my workshop, here is a downloadable version of the two worksheets, plus a link to the prezi and links to the resources that I showed you! Scratch workshop – Python Scratch workshop – pi-top Prezi – Scratch-ing the Surface of GPIOContinue reading “CAS Conference 2016 – workshop links”

Crumble Bot by Redfern Electronics

A few months ago, I donated ‘an afternoon of robot building’ to a charity auction and so this weekend I headed out to fulfil my promise. Last month I tried out the CamJam Edukit, which I absolutely loved, but quickly realised wasn’t necessarily the right tool for using with 9 and 11 year olds so,Continue reading “Crumble Bot by Redfern Electronics”

CamJam EduKit 3 – part 2

First of all I’d like to thank you all for the positive responses to my first blog about the CamJam EduKit 3 – loads of you commented, retweeted and even offered some really helpful advice. Yesterday, Louise came around and we embarked on phase two of the robot build. On Wednesday I hosted a CodingContinue reading “CamJam EduKit 3 – part 2”

CamJam EduKit 3 – Part 1

This weekend I decided it was time to try out the rather exciting CamJam EduKit 3 – Robotics I admit that I’ve been avoiding having a go because I was terrified of everything going wrong, so this weekend I called my friend and we embarked on our first robot building exercise. So…in the kit areContinue reading “CamJam EduKit 3 – Part 1”

Updated Scratch/PiStop Resource for NuScratch

With the release of Raspbian Jessie and a built in GPIO Scratch server, I’ve updated my beginner’s PiStop and Scratch worksheet for use with the newest Pi OS. This worksheet is designed to be used as an introduction to inputs an outputs and requires some discussion from a teacher or workshop leader about how youContinue reading “Updated Scratch/PiStop Resource for NuScratch”

Hour of Code 2015 – Minecraft

Hour of Code has become a global phenomenon, but with excellent resources and celebrity support, it comes as no surprise. Several websites are now running their own Hour of Code projects, but I want to look at the ones on the official site as I’m really impressed with their offerings this year. Earlier in theContinue reading “Hour of Code 2015 – Minecraft”

A Beginner’s Guide to Primary Coding

In the summer of 2014, I tirelessly tried out various resources and blogged about them as I went along, but this summer, I wasn’t able to blog as much for one simple reason… This book. I spent most of my summer holiday trying out new resources and rewriting existing pieces to create a simple guideContinue reading “A Beginner’s Guide to Primary Coding”

A Raspberry Pi Scratch Resource

Tomorrow I will be running a workshop for MozFest, a massive community event in London organised by Mozilla. Young Raspberry Pi enthusiast, PiNet creator and all round evil genius Andrew Mulholland somehow found himself organising a Rasperry Pi Zone at the event (I definitely had no involvement in this whatsoever) and so he coerced/bullied meContinue reading “A Raspberry Pi Scratch Resource”

A reflection on teaching coding

After another year at Pycon and really throwing myself into the coding community with my coding evenings and any other events that have caught my eye, I find myself reflecting on the purpose of teaching coding within a primary school. What do we hope to achieve by teaching complex languages like Python and Ruby? WhyContinue reading “A reflection on teaching coding”