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Southend Raspberry Jam on Saturday 22nd November 10am - 5pm.
There will be a variety of engaging talks, show and tell demonstrations, workshops, videos, robots, wearables, flashing LEDs and lots of fun. Make lots of new friends, learn and have a great time.
Suitable for all ages and abilities. All are welcome! Come and go as you please, and guests don't need to bring kit such as Pis or laptops, but feel free to do so if you wish.
This event will cater for families and beginners upwards. No experience or skills needed.
Got something to show / talk about / do a workshop at the event?
We would like to hear from you - See below.
Wearable Workshop - How to program Neopixels
The workshop used material by Charlotte Godley https://twitter.com/charwarz
Go to https://github.com/Godley/wearable_workshop and click "Download zip".
(Her workshop included pre programmed Gemmas and soldered snaps.)
Windows : install usbtiny drivers https://learn.adafruit.com/usbtinyisp/drivers
Set up the Arduino IDE : https://learn.adafruit.com/introducing-gemma?view=all#setting-up-with-arduino-ide
Connect the Gemma to the computer using the USB lead and press the button.
Install the Neopixel library : https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-neopixel-uberguide/arduino-library
[ADVANCED: this page has functions and examples you can try later - change PIN from 6 to 1 and change 60 to the number of neopixels you are using.]
Copy workshop_sketch.ino from Charlotte's workshop_sketch folder to IDE.
Edit line 9 and change the 2 to the number of pixels you are using.
To compile the program and upload to the Gemma, follow the same proceedure as for blink :
Follow reprogramming.pdf to change the colour, brightness, speed and pattern.
[MORE SIMPLE: in Charlotte's lib folder there is PixStrip library for younger children. The fotm_workshop.ino in example folder shows how to use.]
More detailed info on the Gemma and Neopixels can be found here, which you should read if you are going beyond the Gemma Starter Kit used in the workshop :
The Gemma is very similar to the Arduino and you can see more things to do here : https://learn.adafruit.com/category/learn-arduino
Please read to the end of this page. ( Scan the bold headings for relevant paragraphs)
Talks and Workshops
We have a number of fun and interesting workshops and talks being arranged with more being announced shortly.
- Minecraft Workshop (Please book above)
Programming Pi Minecraft with Python by David Whale author of "Adventures in Minecraft"
- Wearable Tech / Electric Fashion Workshop (SOLD OUT - Please add to waitlist)
Be the talk of the town. Learn how to flash individual Neopixels different colours using the Gemma microcontroller and sew these onto your clothes using conductive thread.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO6xQMR8naw 0:40 to see what we will be doing and 0:59 for a flashing tie you could make after the workshop.
Safety Warning : Sharp needles and wires, flashing lights, delicate equipment, electricty, batteries may burst and wires may overheat if short circuits occur. Please follow instructions carefully.
- Creative Minecraft Pi projects with Python workshop. (Please book above)
Using Python to have fun with Minecraft using simple and comprehensible examples: Learn to render a JPG image into Minecraft using wool blocks and how to create a social graffiti on a Minecraft wall using Twitter API. Featuring realtime camera to Minecraft rendering - your face in Minecraft.
- Sonic Pi 2 Workshop (Please book above)
Learn how to program sound and music - synths, studio effects, samples, (suitable for ages 8+)
Win a Pi and 25 computers for your school. Click here for details.
- Scratch Workshop (throughout the day)
Learn to program using a simple visual language (suitable for ages 5+)
- Scratch GPIO Workshop (throughout the day)
Learn to program and interface with real world electronics eg. LEDs, Switches, sensors and Robots using a simple visual language (suitable for ages 5+)
- Soldering Workshop (throughout the day)
Learn to solder electronic components and wires, learn about colour codes for resistors (suitable for ages 10+). We will be using and giving away some basic solder practise kits kindly donated by Andrew at Pocketmoneytronics: www.pocketmoneytronics.co.uk.
- Also, low cost basic interfacing kits for breadboards (SoSLUG BIKE kit) will be available to buy on the day.
- The History and Curriculum of Computing - Talk (Please book above)
Hear Robin Knight, IT professional for decades and Chair of Governors at Shoeburyness High tell us about the history of Computing from the very beginning and how it all comes together into the new school curriculum.
- Mathematical Modelling - Talk (Please book above)
The what? why? and how? of this fastest developing area of computer science, and its applications in finance, medicine, gaming and virtual reality.
- The Making of Adventures in Minecraft - Talk (Please book above)
Learn what it is possible to do when programming Minecraft using simple Python
by David Whale, author of "Adventures in Minecraft".
- Teaching with Open Source Robotics - Talk(Please book above)
Learning programming and electronics through open source robotics. By Jon Bartlett, Head of Physics at Westcliff High for Girls.
- *Workshop: *Digital Distraction Fieldwork (Please book above)
Ji Hu and Verena Hermann from the arts collective OSA will present research for their latest project on digital distraction//attention and want to engage participants to explore intersections of the technological and mind through playful and critical methodologies. Please bring laptops or tablets.
- Information Jam Workshop (Please Book above)
A critical workshop re-examining information technology. Deconstruct and reconsider primitive technologies and the information that flows between human beings and the technical environment.
Thanks to CodePrimo for help with the workshops.
Emsity's Robot Arm with a 3D printed MyPiFi.net Learn to solder and program your own add on boards. Mypifi#mypifi boards £5 each and also showing off the latest Kickstarter board the 10 led bar http://kck.st/1phedZA
Artificial Intelligence installation exploring how people think computing works.
Wyliodrin Control and program your Raspberry Pi from a web browser anywhere in the world using a simple visual programming language.
Ham Radio Amateur radio, equipment, how to get started, local events and maybe using Pi with radio.
Videos - What is a Raspberry Pi? What happens at a Raspberry Jam?
Physical Computing A fun video ( not suitable for adults ) about interfacing computers with electronics.
What's a Raspberry Jam ? by Alan O'Donohue, computing teacher who invented the Raspberry Jams.
Teachers / Education / Parents
The Raspberry Pi was created to encourage children to learn about computers, programming and electronics.
Many of the programs / projects meet the requirements of the new Computing Curriculum introduced this September and there are suitable lesson plans and schemes of work created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Our workshops, talks and projects are suitable for children and beginners upwards. Programming and creating with Minecraft, music, bright LEDS and robots makes learning fun and exciting.
It's not just computing / ICT. You will gain ideas, resources and inspiration to help teach outstanding Computing/Design/Tech/Art/Maths/Science/Music etc lessons.
If you would like your computer/robotics club to show their projects / give a short talk at this or a future Jam we would be very interested to hear from you.
Barking and Dagenham Code Club, August 15th tweeted :
"Looking forwards to @SouthendRPiJams tomorrow!! Last time we come back inspired!! @BDC50years Excited!!! free to join me its a free event"
Teach Meet - Educational Talks and Panel Discussion
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
10 min Lightning Talks, panel discussion and Q&As
Jon Bartlett - Head of Physics at Westclif High School for Girls
Matt Booker - ICT / Computing Teacher Chase High School
Dr Graham Harwood - Lecturer at Goldsmiths University
David Whale - Co Author of "Adventures in Minecraft" - School Science Ambassador (Essex/Herts), IET Essex Schools Liaison Officer
David Bower - CodePrimo.com, STEM Ambassador (Primary and Secondary) and educational workshops
more to follow.
Please register as a "Teacher" and contact us if you wish to do a lightning talk (restricted to 10 minutes)
Feel free to bring you own kit and curriculum problems for our panel to help you with.
Free 2 day Teacher CPD course
The Raspberry Pi Foundation (an educational charity) is running Picademy, a free 2 day professional development experience for primary and secondary teachers ( for any subject ).
The education team consists of experienced teachers and computer programmers who have created tried and tested resources which are available to download.
The Southend Raspberry Jam uses these resources in some of the workshops.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/picademy/ for details, how to apply, video with feedback about teachers experience at Picademy and teacher's blogs about using the Raspberry Pi in the classroom.
Take Part, Give a talk, Run a workshop, Sell your goods
If you would like to demo your projects, hold a talk or workshop or sell you goods at this or future Jams, we would love to meet you.
We are looking for Computing, Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths subjects etc. not just Raspberry Pi.
Please contact us at email@example.com.
Jam Makers - Help us with the event
The Raspberry Jam takes a lot of organisation and work and is run by a few volunteers in their spare time.
We are appealing for any adults with some experience of the Raspberry Pi to support our Jam.
In particular, we're looking for teachers, lecturers, software developers, engineers, web developers, designers, animators, hardware hackers, and digital makers to join us and share their knowledge, skills and expertise.
Any help welcome. All abilities needed for workshops, setting up equipment, transport, taking photo etc.
If you can help with this (or future Jams) book as a Jam Maker and please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please help us publicise this event by retweeting / sharing our tweets / posts / forwarding email and telling your friends / community groups / schools etc.
Join our Mailing list
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The Friends of Southend Raspberry Jam Scheme
- Enter the raffle (or just make a donation) and give us your email to become a Friend of Southend Raspberry Jam.
- You will receive early notification of SoSLUG events such as Jams and workshops we run.
- We will be able to spend less time on publicity and more on creating / finding interesting talks and workshops.
- Your contribution will go towards venue costs, equipment and running costs to make even better events for you.
- We would like to keep the entry free for all and appreciate your support.
This event is sponsored by Github and IFP Ltd.
If your company would like to sponsor the Southend Raspberry Jam, send us some products, prototypes or
take part, please contact theknight92 [AT] soslug [DOT] org .
Location / Transport
Free Wifi Internet access.
Ample parking available at Tickfield Centre for 80 vehicles with additional parking at the Temporay Arts Project in North Road if needed
Nearest Rail stations Prittlewell - on Liverpool Street line or Southend Central on Fenchurch Street line
Nearest Bus stop Blue Boar / St Mary's Church
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Other Recent Essex Raspberry Pi Events we were involved in
Sunday, 26 October 2014 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)
Sound and Electronics with Scratch, Python and Sonic Pi
Ideas Hub, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Sunday, 2 November 2014 from 10:00 to 15:30 (GMT)
Build a working alarm system with a Raspberry Pi Computer
Ideas Hub, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Future Essex Raspberry Pi Events
Monday 8th December 2014 from 7:00pm til late
Hour of Code at SoSLUG
Learn to Code with the programs featured at the Raspberry Jam and more.
Monday at SoSLUG - date TBA
Build a Supercomputer with networked Raspberry Pis, laptops,etc. using the same software used in Supercomputers.
(Linux powers 97% of the worlds supercomputers)
Calculate Pi to a million places, MPI(message passing interface) science eg. Gromacs, Blender render farm etc.
Beginners welcome but quite technical.
Southend Raspberry Jam #5
Details: to be confirmed - 21st Februaty at Tickfield Centre most likely.
Join SoSLUG on Monday evenings
We would also like to invite you to our regular Monday evening meetings (7pm to late) where we learn, chat, program, create projects and so on. There is usually no set format or timetable, people come along and do whatever they want.
TAP (Old Water Works)
Southend on Sea
Essex SS0 7AB
When & Where
Southend-on-Sea Linux User Group (soslug.org)
We are a group of enthusiasts who use Linux – this is the operation system used on the Raspberry Pi. See soslug.org for more details.