Malvern Raspberry Jam (Student Edition)
Malvern, United Kingdom
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
An after-school community club for local students in primary and secondary education in the Malvern area who are interested in Raspberry Pi computing. Particularly aimed at Years 5-6 in primary school and Years 7-8 at senior school. Older students are welcome to join in / help out too.
This is an opportunity to come along with your own Pi to show people what you have done, or to attend and learn about the Pi hardware and software and perhaps get started on your own projects. We'll also be working our way through some CodeClub modules, getting to grips with Scratch and Python on the Pi platform. Come to be inspired, make friends, and collaborate on new ideas. All levels welcome from complete beginner to advanced coder!
We'll have some keyboards, display monitors, power, and wifi available for you to connect up your Pi, but do bring your own accessories if you can as we only have a limited supply. If you don't have a Pi of your own, you can still come along as we have a few spare for you to try out.
STEM Ambassadors will be on-hand to troubleshoot Pi problems and offer help and advice with your projects. We'll also be awarding certificates each session for the most useful, most challenging, and most innovative Pi applications, as well as certificates for good effort and good progress with your projects and the CodeClub challenges.
The event is free to attend, but because space is limited, we ask you to please register in advance. Complimentary squash and biscuits will be provided to fuel the brain, and other light refreshments will be available for purchase from Cafe H2O. Parents are welcome to stay too (there is no need to register as a parent).
The sessions are on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, arrive from 3:45pm for a 4pm start, and we finish around 5pm. We also have Adult Edition Malvern Raspberry Jam sessions for older students (e.g. School Year 11 upwards) and adults to participate in.
This initiative is run in collaboration with:
(Herefordshire & Worcestershire Region) CAS Three Counties (Malvern) Little Pi Shop
With support from:
The Chartered Institute for IT, local branch The IoP West Mids branch The IET H&W network
The initiative is organised and hosted by Key IQ Ltd at the Wyche Innovation Centre:
Wyche Innovation Centre
Walwyn Road (near Fossil Bank)
Key IQ Ltd
Key IQ is a business and technology catalyst, helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to grow and succeed. We manage the Wyche Innovation Centre in Malvern, organise the annual Malvern Festival of Innovation, run the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, and host the Technology for Tourism initiative. We also founded and operate the Malvern Hills GeoCentre that features Cafe H2O. Key IQ undertakes specific business and technology projects with clients, including the facilitation of structured roadmapping workshops to help organisations develop and roll-out their growth strategy.
Today's session was fun because we learnt about creating sound and music on a Raspberry Pi using Sonic Pi software. This was a chance to combine coding skills with musical talent...
Despite the school holidays, we still had a good turn out for our 'after-no-school' edition yesterday. And we may have had the biggest ever #CodeClub Desert Race up on our video wall (thanks Robert for taking the photo...):
At our last session (18th June) we learnt a little about Python coding and controlling LEDs on the interface board. We had 20 students joining in, representting 9 different schools from the locaility. One group even managed to get a red, amber and green LED sequencing just like a real set of traffic lights.
We had a good session on 19th March with about 25 students joining in, setting up their Pi's and continuing with a new Scratch challenge. There were pupils from about 6 different local primary and secondary schools which was encouraging, and we had a good turn out of STEM Ambassadors to help. We also discussed the planned adult's Rapsberry Jam edition with some of the parents that came along, so we'll announce something about this shortly...
Thank you to everyone who came along on Tue 11th Feb for the first session. We had a short intro from Paddy about connecting up the Pi and then a Scratch challenge to create a 'pong' game, with certifcates for all the students that attended. About ten Raspberry Pis were up and running (eventually - after some issues with the various display monitors!) and we did a bit of troubleshooting for people that had got stuck. Hope to see you all next time, and others too, when we'll also look at some of the projects that people have been up to...