Today was the relaunch of the Birmingham Raspberry Jam held at KESH Academy in Birmingham. With 17 Raspberry Pis and a great space to work in we welcomed over 45 participants to the event. The day was organised by myself and Jack Wearden from Birmingham University.
We delivered 4 workshops with a range of activities, these included:
- Introduction to Minecraft Python programming.
- An introduction to Python and Turtle programs
- Connecting LEDs to the GPIO and programming a traffic light and disco light sequence
- More advanced MInecraft programming (building a 3D house)
We had a really good day delivering the sessions and judging by the feedback the participants really enjoyed it too.
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Looking forward to next time
Great day, thanks for all the hard work - we have learnt lots
Really enjoyed the Python coding
Very informative about Raspberry Pi. Thank you so much
It was great fun and I enjoyed the workshops. Thank You!
Was fun - next time I will bring my son!
Really got my kids interested in computing - thank you!
Brilliant - I really enjoyed it even Minecraft
Thank you for a fantastic day - the kids loved it, best wishes
It was fun to make patterns with the turtles
Children loved it, great to be able to let them see other children using the Pis
Fantastic setup today. Inspired to learn more. Thanks!
While you are here please check out our Amazon Associates Raspberry Pi page!
The Lisiparoi - Flash ring for Raspberry Pi camera module is a small unit which screws onto the Raspberry Pi camera and provides 12 bright LEDs.
There are two favours, visible light LEDs for the normal camera and a IR LED version for use with the NOIR camera module.
Assembly is really simple.
Before screwing the camera to the ring it was a simple case of soldering 4 connecting pins. The ring connects to the Raspberry Pi via 4 GPIO pins connected to 5V, GND, GND and a free GPIO. After hunting around for 4 female to female cables I had the flash mounted and connected to my Pi. The beauty of this device is that all 12 LEDS run from just 4 pins.
Programming the flash ring is extremely simple as it only involves switching on 1 GPIO pin to power up the ring.
I have included sample code here
This is a really good little device and have been very pleased with the illumination it provides. I found it be effective up to 2m from the camera.
To keep the Jam feeling lasting longer after the Birmingham Raspberry Jam on the 22nd November I am helping at the Covent Garden Raspberry Jam a week later on the 29th November.
Frank Thomas-Hockey who describes himself as “a Father and amateur hacker” is running a Jam at Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust, 17 Stukeley St on Saturday, 29 November 2014 from 14:00 to 17:00.
It looks like I will be running my favourite introduction to Minecraft coding workshop.
If you would like a ticket then get them here!