Raspberry Pi at the Learning Hub

I had my second visit to Birmingham Airport today for the official launch of the Learning Hub and opening ceremony performed by Baroness Estelle Morris.

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We had a number of primary schools with us who did a range of activities in the new Learning Hub. This saw my first joint event with a group from CodeClub as I worked with a group from Meriden Primary School.


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The highlight of my day was listening to a group of year 5 students explaining to Estelle Morris what a Raspberry Pi was and how you play Minecraft.

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Pi at Birmingham Airport

Raspberry Pi @ (Birmingham Airport)

Today may have been a first for Raspberry Pi Jams as we held our first one at an airport. This afternoon we saw nearly 30 people using the new learning hub at Birmingham Airport for two hours of Minecraft fun and games.

Feedback was really positive and we look forward to our next event at the Learning Hub. We will be welcoming CodeClub to the official opening later this month.



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Today’s afternoon was part of the Opening Doors initiative of the schools of The Schools of King Edward VI in Birmingham.

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Working with two very familiar faces.

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Not many Pi workshops overlook a runway!

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What an amazing view

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A great afternoon of code

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The winners of the quick build challenge (Birmingham Airport control tower)

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Guess what our first project was?

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Flotilla and python

Building a light meter with Flotilla

Back in March I got my mega Flotilla treasure chest from Pimoroni. I was very excited to see what could be done with it. The Rockpool graphical interface is coming along nicely and I had some fun with that, but I really wanted to dig into the Python API.

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Before you go any further check out this link from Pimoroni and this one from their website.

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I wanted my first project to use both inputs and outputs so I decided to create a light meter which displayed the light level both on the number display and visually through a bar chart on the LED matrix.


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This project uses the matrix connected to 1, a light sensor to 2 and the number display to 8. I screwed the components onto one of the base plates to keep them still!

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Using the @pimoroni #flotilla as a light meter @raspberrypifoundation

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