The JamPackedUK tour arrived in Leeds on 27 & 28 February for a 2-day Computing festival at Carr Manor Community School.
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Over 400 people joined us at one (or more) of the 3 events, and we even had an appearance from a robot called KEITH!
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It was a party weekend in so many ways, as we joined with friends down in Cambridge to celebrate the Raspberry Pi’s 3rd birthday with a good dose of birthday cakes, balloons, games and even jelly.
Pi Birthday Weekend at Carr Manor
Attending all 3 events were:
- Pupils aged from 4 to 18 years
- Computing teachers from the host school and other local secondary and primary schools (and beyond – that’s Bradford and Wigan!)
- The Code Club Regional Co-ordinator
- The Young Rewired State Hyperlocal and Everywhere Lead
- Computing at School Master Teachers and Hub Leaders from Bradford and Leeds
- Picademy Teachers
- Initial Teacher Trainers from Trinity University and Becketts University
- University lecturers and PhD students
- Hardware and software developers
- Training organisations
Hack to the Future – Friday 27th February
We planned 5 workshops with pupils from the Y8 to Y11 age range; 133 learners in total. That gave visiting teachers, student teachers, lecturers, supporters and teachers from the host school a chance to participate and reflect on a range of teaching strategies and resources observed at each session.
All with the same aim, which was to inspire and engage pupils through Computer Science.
The workshops were:
- Y8 pupils extending HTML coding skills using Mozilla tools and then exploring Python as a text based language through game making
- Y10 GCSE Computing pupils using Raspberry Pi for challenges through physical computing activities
- Y9 Science students exploring data visualisation and visualisation literacy with the Seeing Data team from Leeds University
- Y11 GCSE Computing students extending programming with Python through game making
- After school ‘Minecraft Hack’ club using Raspberry Pi with a group of mixed aged Minecraft fans
“You’ve inspired teachers, parents and most importantly, children with your energy, enthusiasm and passion for computing. We’re committed to building on the success of the weekend and have lots of ideas about how we engage our community through technology.” Andrew Laycock, Assistant Principal at Carr Manor Community School.
“Fantastic event and opportunity to move forward with the Computing Curriculum.” Donna Byrne, Carr Manor Community School.
“Imaginative and engaging event.” David Duke, University of Leeds
“The event was very well organised, highly enjoyable for all and presented in an enthusiastic manner”. Wayne Book, Carr Manor Community School
Positive aspects observed by trainee teachers on the day:
- Observing different teaching styles
- Flexibility of choice of activities
- Everything on the Raspberry Pi including set up
- Being able to use Raspberry Pi. I have no previous experience with them.
- Trying out new concepts
- The resources available are very good
Family Hack Jam
Seventeen family teams joined us for the Hack Jam on Friday evening. All collaborating on a Leeds-based plotline and using either Scratch or Twine as their chosen tool.
For some it was a chance to use the open source software for the first time and to be shown by the younger generation how to get started and develop a game.
Lots of learning conversations and spying opportunities to enhance a team’s concept, whether that involved blue bananas at Tropical World, gold Olympic post-boxes, unicorns or iconic journeys around the city.
And the first team into the Prize Chamber? The collaborators entering the Unicorn Heaven hack.
We did it!
Treasures from the Prize Chamber : )
“It’s a good event to learn how children investigate software themselves. More discovery learning than school.” Jenny Sharp
“Go, it is ace! Plenty of ideas to use at all levels. Differentiation and learning for all!” Seba Thomson
Raspberry Jam – Saturday 28th February
Over 150 people came together to jam in Raspberry Pi style at the birthday party weekend event.
New collaborations formed, as they always do, with young sharing with an older generation, elders mentoring younger jammers, teachers sharing projects with trainee teachers and above all else, everybody asking each other ‘how did you do that?’.
Our hosts Carr Manor, being a ‘through school’ for children aged 4 – 16 years, were determined to offer opportunities for everybody in their community regardless of age and experience.
Minecraft, Minecraft, Minecraft
Workshops offered at the Jam gave everybody opportunities to get started, invent and prototype hardware with Monk Makes, hack Minecraft and develop their own games using the Raspberry Pi computers.
We were thrilled to be joined by our friends from Code Club and Young Rewired State, who offered even more opportunities to the local community and beyond.
Linda Broughton, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Co-ordinator for Code Club, shared learning experiences and resources with families wanting to have a taste of Code Club challenges and collaborated with the Raspberry Pi classroom using Scratch activities for game making.
Amazing what priorities had been giving to computing, with young people dashing in from swimming and cycling lessons or whizzing off to dance, karate and gymnastics to join us at the Jam; and moreover, wanting to know what they could do next. A Code Club, Hyperlocal Leeds on 28th March, or possibly a Summer Festival anyone?
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Mayank and Peter (giving us big thumbs up!) got chatting about their own projects. Mayank is developing an app to help people make the super tough decision of which university to choose, and Peter was explaining about the awesome digital musical instruments he’s creating with parts sourced from the Headingley charity shops. Watch this space Listen out for updates!
Charlie and his mum coded an awesome to do list together, experimenting with CSS to change styling, and that was one of the many family learning projects started and developed at the Jam.
Introducing KEITH the Pi-Robot
Great to see how a robot called KEITH, another family learning project, could inspire so many more groups in its home city of Leeds. With Andy and Harry talking about the umpteenth stages of development and Keith’s participation at the CamJam Pi Wars robot event, we hope see even more iterations joining a next Raspberry Jam.
Party jelly formed part of a workshop area using a Touchboard or two with some electric paint from our friends at the Bare Conductive team. Alongside Raspberry Pi with controllers such as Makey Makey the sky was the limit for ideas of how to control the birthday tunes through capacitive touch ways.
A party’s never a party without music and it was great to see Christine Harvey on the laptop decks, with a live coding session using @sonicpi, after her return from Picademy.
“Go for it, you don’t know what you’ll discover!” Ian Dickinson, The Rodillian Academy
“Fun day to learn some useful tips and tricks to make Computer Science exciting.” Christine Harvey, Bradford Grammar
“It is a really fun and pressure-free way of learning about coding and Raspberry Pi.” Perveen Aslam
“It’s a no pressure environment to enhance your understanding.”
“Engagement of all people, seeing young children teaching older children and adults how to do things, e.g. program”
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