Essex Book Camp 2021

Drop in Coding sessions with the Essex Steamettes

Cressing Temple Barns
Sunday 29th August 11am-5pm

The Essex Steamettes will be running family drop in coding sessions, showing some of their projects and recruiting more girls who like being creative with science and technology to join them.

Book a ticket below for girls who are running the activities (and their responsible adults – additional tech and non tech help appreciated).

There’s also an invite ticket if you would like to be invited to future events such as the Essex Steamettes online activities, British Science Festival Family Science Day Jam and future in person activities but aren’t helping.

Lots of activities for all the family are also taking place. Click here for upto date info.

Moon Hack 2021

Online activities. Please install the Zoom client.
Ages are suggested but flexible according to ability.
Please sign up to Scratch or Trinket (for Python) to save your work.

Dhinawan in the Sky Story – Beginner 8yrs+
Tuesday 1st June 2021 – 10.30am

Learn about the Gomeroi story of the Dark Emu by building your own animation in Scratch.

 

Girls only web design – Intermediate 10yrs+
Tuesday 1st June 2021 – 5pm – 7pm

Join the regular Essex Steamettes Girls only Tuesday meeting for some web design.

 

Nature Returns – Beginners 8yrs+
Wednesday 2nd June 2021 – 10.30am

Fire can be very dangerous. But after a bushfire the plants grow back better than ever.
Make an animation that simulates the fire-regrowth cycle in Scratch.

 

Home Power Hero – Beginners 9yrs+
Thursday 3rd June 2021 – 10.30am

We use a lot of power in our homes! One of the simplest ways to reduce our energy consumption is to turn off appliances!
You will make a game that uses parallax scrolling in Scratch to help Avery minimise her energy consumption by turning off appliances in her home.

 

“She Heals” Video premiere – Lily Hunter Green / Essex Steamettes
Thursday 3rd June 2021 – 7pm

See the premiere of She Heals a Sci-Art project.
Details here.

 

Helping with physical events in Essex
Thursday 3rd June 2021 – 7.30pm

We’ll be doing more in person events shortly and are looking for people to help. Followed by ANSI Art and socialising.
Details here.

 

Carbon Footprint Calculator – Intermediate 10yrs+
Friday 4th June 2021 – 10.30am

Make a simplified carbon footprint calculator that can help people to understand their personal impact in Python.

 

STEM Cadets – Advanced 12yrs+
Saturday 5th June 2021 – 10.30am

A new regular online meetup for young people interested in coding, engineering and STEM.
Work on your own projects with help from each other and industry professionals. Opportunity to show your projects and help at Raspberry Jam Tech Festivals and other events.

 

Scratch Memories of the Thames – Beginners 8yrs+
Sunday 6th June 2021 – 10.30am

A simple storytelling coding activity in Scratch.


Code like a girl – Storyteller – Intermediate 11yrs+
Sunday 6th June 2021 – 2pm-4pm

Girls 11yrs+ are invited to join the regular Essex Steamettes Girls only Sunday meeting.
We’ll write code to create a story that changes randomly each time we run our program using beginner Python coding, which is really popular these days.
Python runs sites like YouTube, Instagram and Spotify. Python is also used by journalists and researchers to write news stories and to keep track of information.

Details and bookings for future girls only events are here.

 

 

 

She Heals

“She Heals” Sci-Art – Lily Hunter Green / Essex Steamettes
Sat 26th June 2021 – 12pm-5pm
The Old Waterworks, Southend

The Essex Steamettes, girls aged 11yrs-19yrs took part in coding drones as part of the exhibition and did some 3D design.

 

 

More photos/videos on Instagram under #EssexSteamettes and on Lily’s page :

https://www.instagram.com/lilyhuntergreen/

 

Check out this 60 second video of the previous online work which was also shown at the exhibition :

She Heals

For more on the art project She Heals and Silencing the Virus (the first part) see this website and here.

 

Check out how the Tello Edu drones can be coded :

 

The girls responses to She Heals :

On Saturday the 26th of June the Essex Steamettes had the pleasure of meeting up with a Digital Artist and Composer Lily Hunter Green. We did a Sci-Art installation and we coded drones to imitate honeybee behaviour in the hive. We learnt the importance of science and technology when solving problems. We can use science and technology to have a better understanding of how things work and have a different perspective of things. I had a great time programming the drones and seeing my code run, it was my first time doing a collaborative project with an artist and it was a wonderful experience. After the She Heals event the Essex Steamettes got a lot of public engagement on social media. It was a good way of exposing the public to how girls are good at using technology and exploring different ways to solve problems as we continue to prioritise recruiting more girls to take part of our mission to get more girls into technology.
Adonai
When I met the artist I thought it was sooo fun because I got to meet someone fun. I also got to learn how to code python properly and I got something to do that was soo cool. My favorite part was watching everyone’s drones that they coded and flew. I also enjoyed the coding and watching my drones fly! It was amazing!
Eva
My experience at She-heals was a great one because I met many friends and met an artist. I was surprised to hear that she was an artist because I had only seen her with the drones. I got interviewed about the drones and bees as the point of the meeting was the protection of the bees.
Anna

On Saturday 26th June, artist Lily Hunter-Green, computer scientist Karun Matharu and the Essex Steamettes collaborated for the She Heals exhibition. It was really interesting talking to Lily Hunter-Green about her vision and helping bring that to life. She seemed equally fascinated by how myself, the other Steamettes and visitors were able to code drones to behave a little like bees to accentuate her display. I enjoyed discussing our different viewpoints- how she was able to imagine the whole exhibition, which I wouldn’t be able to do, but how I was able to use small computers and movement to control lights where that wouldn’t come so naturally to her. Although we had different skills, we were able to work together to meet our goal. We did some work beforehand, using geometric shapes to demonstrate how bees use social distances. This was particularly apt at the time and served to highlight the importance of bees in the ecosystem and how delicate the environment actually is. In fact, much research has been done and is ongoing to use technology to communicate these problems to a wider audience, as this exhibition, but also to attempt to solve the problem directly.
Nadine
The artist was great, it was very educational, I got interviewed about the environment as the point of the meeting was the protection of the bees and especially as it included S.T.E.A.M.  I also got to learn how to code python properly and I got something to do that was soo cool. My favourite part was watching everyone’s drones that they coded and flew and I made an awesome friend who is very similar to me.
Caitlin
It was important in order to get others inspired into coding and robotics and research more about bees and trying to help. That concerns me loads as bees pollinate the plants we eat. Bees are adorable and fluffy. People would be able to see the beauty of bees through art and tech which is what many people use. The exhibition did a good job of that. It was more noticable because it is new technology so people noticed it more and on social media it’s very eyecatching.
Matilda


I enjoyed meeting an artist, Lily Hunter-Green at the She Heals exhibition with the Essex Steamettes. It was great coding drones in python and with just a few lines of coding we could watch the drones fly and do flips!
Jessica

Various verbal responses :

It’s a type of art that you wouldn’t really think is art
I thought she was a scientist and an artist
I’m shocked that she could make all of this – she was very talented
I enjoyed showing my robots at the exhibition.
I thought she was a reporter as she was interviewing people
It was more fun and interactive than an art gallery
I think it’s important that we save the environment
We have no trees we have no breathe

Online Coding Events for girls

Girls aged 11yrs+ are invited to attend our weekly Essex Steamettes meetings, Sundays 2pm for Microbit and electronics; Tuesdays 5pm for designing websites and Virtual Reality.
Occasional Saturdays mornings for more advanced coding for those who can work on their own projects with a little bit of peer / adult help and school holiday activities.

Details/booking here: https://www.southendtech.co.uk/essex-steamettes

 

“She Heals” Sci-Art – Lily Hunter Green / Essex Steamettes
Thursday 3rd June 2021 – 7pm

Lily is collaborating with the Essex Steamettes, a group of young female coders (9-19 years) from our Raspberry Jams, and computer scientist Karun Matharu, to create an exciting new work SHE HEALS, an immersive digital Sci-Art hive populated by LED drone bees.
SHE HEALS tells the mesmerizing story of how female honeybees work as a collective to protect their community from viral attacks.

Join us for a talk of the online activity and future activities of She Heals with Lily.

SHE HEALS will be exhibited between 12pm – 5pm on Saturday 26th June at The Old Waterworks, Southend-on-Sea, SSO 7AB, subject to COVID restrictions. Come and meet Lily and the Essex Steamettes.

7.45pm Helping the next generation with STE(A)M activities

Find out about some of the activities young people are doing and how you can get involved.

8.00pm ANSI Art – MeaTLoTioN

ANSI art is a computer art form that was widely used at one time on bulletin board systems. It is similar to ASCII art, but constructed from a larger set of 256 letters, numbers, and symbols and ANSI escape sequences that color text with the 16 foreground and 8 background colours.

 

For more on the Essex Steamettes click here.

British Science Festival Raspberry Jam

Saturday 11th September 2021 – ~10am~4pm
Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, Essex

The British Science Festival is being held in Chelmsford from 7th to 11th September 2021 at Anglia Ruskin University with an expected 15,000 people attending.

As part of the Festival’s family activities, we’ll be running a Raspberry Jam STEM Festival on 11th September 10am-4pm and invite you to take part to show your project, give a talk, help or run a workshop on a STEM/tech theme.

Book here for tickets to the Family day which we’ll be part of and let us know if you’d like to show your project etc.

 

The Essex Steamettes are also inviting girls aged 10yrs+ to take part with them at the festival and join them at their online meetings.

Please note, activities will be subject to any COVID restrictions in place and other activities happening at BSF/ARU so we probably won’t be able to accommodate all requests. We will however be running future Chelmsford Raspberry Jam STEM Festivals and will invite you to take part.

Interactive musical Microbit course

Join us this summer for a 10 lesson interactive musical Microbit glove course covering music, dance, sewing as well as coding, accelerators, sensors.

The course will be held remotely with Youtube videos, e-zine instructions, online meetings and free equipment.
It’s suitable for beginners using simple blocks and Python for those who are more advanced.

Details of dates and the free equipment are currently being organised. Last year participants needed their own Microbit which could be borrowed from local libraries or purchased for £15.

The Essex Steamettes loved last year’s course and you can see their playlist of videos they made here . @ac_coder’s video of lesson 7 dance trainer gives a good idea of the course :

More details here when known.

Other coding workshops for girls

The Essex Steamettes are meeting online and new girls aged 11yrs+ are invited to join :

Tuesdays 5pm Web design
Sundays 2pm Microbit and electronics

Click here for details.

June 26th 12pm-3pm, The Old Waterworks, Southend

As part of “She Heals” a Sci-Art exhibition.
Workshops

11am Doors open for setup, social time, exhibition preview, coding drones

12 pm – Lily opens the exhibition/ coding drones

12.15 pm – 3D design workshop (for 3D printing, VR/AR, Toy Story style CGI animations)

1.00 pm Lunch break

1.15 pm Virtual Reality workshop using html web design

2.00 pm Interactive musical glove, Microbit and electronics; Your Code in Space – space science experiements using sensors and Raspberry Pi.

3.00pm – 5.00pm Social time, breakout rooms, continue working on workshops or own projects, leave when ready.

Click here to book here for girls aged 11yrs+.

Check out this 60 second video of the work so far :

 

 

 

 

MiniMu Microbit Glove Camp 2021

Join us this summer for a 10 lesson interactive musical Microbit glove course covering music, dance, sewing as well as coding, accelerators, sensors.

The course will be held remotely with Youtube videos, e-zine instructions, online meetings and free equipment.
It’s suitable for beginners using simple blocks and Python for those who are more advanced.

Details of dates and the free equipment are currently being organised. Last year participants needed their own Microbit which could be borrowed from local libraries or purchased for £15.

The Essex Steamettes loved last year’s course and you can see their playlist of videos they made here . @ac_coder’s  video of lesson 7 dance trainer gives a good idea of the course :


Other coding workshops for girls

The Essex Steamettes are meeting online and new girls aged 11yrs+ are invited to join :

Tuesdays 5pm Web design
Sundays 2pm Microbit and electronics

Click here for details.

June 26th 12pm-3pm, The Old Waterworks, Southend

As part of “She Heals” a Sci-Art exhibition.
Workshops

11am Doors open for setup, social time, exhibition preview, coding drones

12 pm – Lily opens the exhibition/ coding drones

12.15 pm – 3D design workshop (for 3D printing, VR/AR, Toy Story style CGI animations)

1.00 pm Lunch break

1.15 pm Virtual Reality workshop using html web design

2.00 pm Interactive musical glove, Microbit and electronics; Your Code in Space – space science experiements using sensors and Raspberry Pi.

3.00pm – 5.00pm Social time, breakout rooms, continue working on workshops or own projects, leave when ready.

Click here to book here for girls aged 11yrs+.

Check out this 60 second video of the work so far :

British Science Festival Raspberry Jam

September 11th Anglia Ruskin University
Click here. Subject to COVID, ARU and BSF restrictions

 

 

Scratch memories of the Thames

Scratch memories of the Thames
Sunday 6th June 10.30am -12pm

Participants will create digital stories and animations based on their experiences and memories of the Thames. (Or a river if not local)

Part of Estuary Festival Associated Programme 2021.

Please install the Zoom client and join Scratch here. You’ll get the Zoom link from Eventbrite upon registering.

 


More coding

This event is run by Southend Tech and the Essex Steamettes and we’ll be doing other activities during the week as part of Moon Hack 2021- see here.

 


“She Heals” Video premiere – Lily Hunter Green / Essex Steamettes
Thursday 3rd June 2021 – 7pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88555354798?pwd=ZXZjWkRrV2NSOVJ2d2hqQk1pM0o2UT09

Meeting ID: 885 5535 4798 Passcode: 477600

Lily is collaborating with the Essex Steamettes, a group of young female coders (9-19 years) from our Raspberry Jams, and computer scientist Karun Matharu, to create an exciting new work SHE HEALS, an immersive digital Sci-Art hive populated by LED drone bees.
SHE HEALS tells the mesmerizing story of how female honeybees work as a collective to protect their community from viral attacks.

Join us for the video premiere of the online activity and discuss She Heals with Lily.


Girls aged 11yrs+ who would like to get involved with coding and technology activities are invited to join the online Essex Steamettes meetings with in person meetings starting shortly.


 

 

Help running events

7.30pm Wednesday 17th February 2021

Join us for a Zoom meeting where we’ll look at future plans and start discussing how we’ll run “in person and post COVID” Raspberry Jams and other tech events.

The success of the Essex Steamettes and the Essex2020 legacy gives a strong foundation to build upon but we’ll need non tech help :
eg. COVID safety, publicity, transport, welcoming/ushering, recruitment, refreshments, committee, etc as well as tech help as we start to move offline and collaborate with others.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84629354034?pwd=SHRDYyt3Vk4zWDVpSFFHdW9ua2t3UT09
Meeting ID: 846 2935 4034 ; Passcode: 509180

7pm Meeting opens – “Community” is important and the meeting will open at 7pm for people to meet each other and socialise, and will stay open afterwards – breakout rooms available.

The meeting is aimed at adults but young people are welcome to watch and contribute.

For those who are interested in supporting with more technical activities, becoming a STEM Ambassador is the recommended route.
https://www.stem.org.uk/stem-ambassadors/join-stem-ambassador-programme

We’ll also have future meetings just for STEM Ambassadors, teachers, Raspberry Jam / Code Club volunteers, IT professionals, engineers, enthusiasts, hobbyists which will including more technical aspects.

 

 

 

Winter Coding 2020

Monday 28th December – Friday 1st January  – 11am-12.30pm

We’ll be running some family coding activities after Christmas at 11am and the regular girls only and Coding Meetups.

You should sign up for a Scratch account and click the confirmation email here: https://scratch.mit.edu/join

Sunday 27th December 2pm-4pm Essex Steamettes
Girls only 11yrs+ (9yrs+ if confident in Scratch/started Python)

Join us on our regular girls only meetings for women in tech talks, Python coding, electronics with Microbits, hackathons throughout 2021.
Details and booking here.

Monday 28th December 11am-12.30pm
Dance Party: Hour of Code – Beginners 7yrs+

Code a Dance Party to share with your friends.
Featuring Katy Perry, Madonna, J. Balvin, Sia, Keith Urban, Ciara, and 25 more!
Join on Zoom here.

Monday 28th December 7pm-10pm
Weekly Coding Meetup, advanced 14yrs+

Casual discussions about coding with occasional screen sharing and help.
Details here.

Tuesday 29th December 11am-12.30pm
Scratch coding – Beginners 7yrs+

Create games, animations, apps for social good, code the Essex 2020 “3 word challenge”(See below).
Join on Zoom here.
Sign up for a Scratch account https://scratch.mit.edu/join

Tuesday 5pm-7pm Essex Steamettes
Girls only Scratch coding for Chelmsford Light Parade 9yrs+

Join us on our regular girls only meetings. Details and booking here.

Wednesday 30th December 11am-12.30pm
Space Science – 9yrs+

Learn about the Raspberry Pi computers on the International Space Station, how cameras in space (satellites) can take photos to help monitor climate change, how you can run your own science experiments in space using the Raspberry Pi computers on the ISS and how you can send a message and animation to astronauts.
Join Zoom here.

Thursday 31st December 11am-12.30pm
Hackathons – Using technology to create solutions to global problems – 9yrs+.

How can we design, test and develop world changing ideas and solutions using technology to live better, live longer, live greener and live together?
Themes include the UN Global Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being, and Global Goal 13 – Climate Action develop world changing ideas and solutions using technology.
Join Zoom here.

Thursday 31st December 7pm-12pm
New Years Social including Among Us
By private invite only.

Friday 1st January 2021 11am-12.30pm
Essex 2020 Celebration showcase / help

Show us what you’ve achieved over the year and get some help if needed.
Join on Zoom here. Maybe your project or “3 words” will feature in the wider Essex 2020 final event on Jan 21st 5pm.

Sunday 3rd January 2021 2pm-4pm Essex Steamettes
Girls only 11yrs+ (9yrs+ if confident in Scratch/started Python)

Join us on our regular girls only meetings for women in tech talks, Python coding, electronics with Microbits, hackathons Sunday afternoons throughout 2021.
Details and booking here.

 

Essex 2020 Three Word Scratch Coding Challenge
https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/28350449/

Essex 2020 has been a year long celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Inspiring schools, business and communities.

Create a Scratch project to tell us about your #Essex2020 story and add it to the studio.

Your words should describe the programme and what it meant to you.

Essex 2020 are planning a finale event in January and would love you to contribute three words about your experience, join us after Christmas for coding and the final Essex 2020 showcase event 21st January here.

 

 

Essex 2020 Raspberry Jam STEAM Festival

Saturday 24th October – Monday 2nd November
ALL ONLINE: Book individual activities to get Zoom link if not listed

As part of Essex 2020 and Chelmsford’s Future City, Southend Tech and the Essex Steamettes (girls who like being creative with science and technology) are organising an online Raspberry Jam STEAM Festival over half term.
There are no girls only events at the Festival.
See below for activities/times/dates/direct Zoom links or event booking, if needed.

Activities open to all (with a few age restrictions):

Saturday 24th October 1pm – 2pm
Introduction to Zoom, setting up coding accounts and using
Scratch and Microbit editors
Get up to speed to get the best out of the coding activities.
Zoom link

The following times are GMT/UTC + 0:00

Sunday 25th October 2pm – 4pm
Essex Steamettes present: Introduction to Scratch
Book here.

Monday 26th October 10:30am-12pm
Code Digital Art
Use simple Scratch blocks to create digital art
Zoom Link

Monday 26th October 7pm -10pm, 7.30pm talks
Southend Coding Meetup
*Talk/demo: Raspberry Pi powered Alexa
*Talk/demo: BlackJack Game coded with Python and PyGame
*Talk: An introduction into browser automation using WebdriverIO by Thomas Chaplin This talk will explain the basics of browser test automation and show you how you can save time and money as well as reduce regression bugs in your mission critical applications.
*Talk/demo: Lissajous figures – musical, mathematical, beautiful using x, y oscilloscopes and virtual modular synths
Zoom link
More details on the weekly meetings here.

Tuesday 27th October 10:30am – 12pm
Introduction to Microbit and “build a pacemaker”
Zoom link

Tuesday 27th October 5pm – 7pm
Essex Steamettes presents
Build your own Alexa Style Chatbot in Scratch
Book here.

Tuesday 27th October 8pm – 10pm
Raspberry Pint
Talk: Solar powered, autonomous, Raspberry Pi powered boat
Talk: How RGB LEDs (eg, NeoPixels work and interact with the biology of your eyes, some ways to model colour and light in Python code.
Details and booking here.
Zoom link.

Wednesday 28th October 10.30am – 12pm
Lockdown Loss and Future Hope
Create stories and animations using Scratch
Zoom link

Wednesday 28th October 7pm-9pm
STEAM Education Meetup. Over 18s only.
Discussing educational aspects of STEAM in Essex.
All welcome, aimed at teachers, STEM Ambassadors, Raspberry Jam and Code Club mentors and those looking to help with activities in the future including parents.
Zoom link

Thursday 29th October 1pm->
Essex Steamettes present
1pm Talks about the Essex Steamettes
1.10pm WomeninSTEM Talk: Basildon Street Science
1.20pm Talk: Cosplay and a wearable tech glove
1.30pm WomeninSTEM Talk: Flooding / Environment – by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Manifesto for Essex coded Earth Poems
Talk/projects/videos on interactive musical glove
Talk: Morse Code project
Talk: Bridge building
Coolest Projects
Break
2pm WomeninSTEM Talk: Building a physical, participatory remote artwork – Raspberry Pi, servo, Twitter api.
2.10pm Talk: Hospital Radio
Project/video: Bridge building
2.20pm Talk: Neopixel LED Light Saber project
2.30pm Talk/Workshop Coding Star Wars stories activity
Any other girls/women who would like to show their projects
Star Wars coded animation activity
Zoom link.

Friday 30th October 10.30am-12pm
Creating Virtual Reality stories and animations
Using Scratch like interface. Under 18s.
Zoom link

Saturday 31st October 12pm->
Raspberry Jam STEAM talks

12pm European Space Agency Education programmes – what’s on offer for school age students and how you can participate?
AstroPi – Code Raspberry Pis in Space
Climate Detectives – Earth Observation of climate change using satellite photos over time
ARISS – Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
Moon Camp / CADSat / CanSat

5-10 minute talks
1.15pm Medical electrical stimulation through the ages
1.30pm Protecting the Ocean-Marine Protection areas and Mapping
1.40pm MotionEye OS on Raspberry Pi

Introduction to Cyber Security
LED animation library talk / Conway’s Game of Life talk
2pm Raspberry Pi electronics with ExplorerHAT
Learn how to build smart projects fast with the Explorer HAT
——–You’ll often want to connect and control electronics with your Raspberry Pi. We’ll see how the Pimoroni Explorer HAT makes that easy even if you’re a beginner.
Semaphore clock with servo motor control
Pi Fighter – Boxing trainer with a Pi
2.30pm AI detection of bees using sound by SimulSystems Ltd
Pi Wars – Raspberry Pi robot competition
Climate Change Ambassador – flooding project
Coolest Projects – scratch Projects
Flooding – Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
Building a first person 3d platformer with unity 3D
Amateur radio talk
Broadcast radio talk / Essex Radio jingles
Anyone else who would like to show their projects.
Zoom link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86757008619?pwd=dU9ra0NhajVMeE9pU0pUaDhQd25KQT09
Meeting ID: 867 5700 8619
Passcode: 578855
Book here.

Sunday 1st November 2pm – 4pm
Essex Steamettes presents: Your Code in Space
Send messages and animations to Astronauts on the International Space Station. Change it according to humidity and receive a certificate from the European Space Agency. 14yrs and under. Easy beginner Python.
2pm Silencing the Virus / She Heals – 10 min talk on virus simulations on large LED arrays.
Book here.

Monday 2nd November 7pm-9.30pm
Raspberry Jam mini hackathon
Collaborate online with others in groups to develop a solution to a problem using affordable technologies.; social chat (in collaboration with our friends at Preston Raspberry Jam)
Book here by 3pm.

Monday 2nd November 7pm -10pm
Southend Coding Meetup
And future Mondays
details here.

Thursday 5th November 7pm -10pm
Southend Tech Meetup
Over 18s – and future first Thursdays of the month
details here.

Thanks to the Essex Steamettes and guests without whom we couldn’t have run the activities this week.

Sundays 2-4pm and Tuesdays 5-7pm continue with girls only coding. See here.

Can you help ?

Calling all technologists, coders, STEM ambassadors, graduates and hobbyists!

Southend Tech are looking for volunteers that can deliver talks or presentations (5, 15 or 50mins), run workshops, show interesting tech or coding projects and to take part in or shout about the festival in general.

Perhaps you are from industry and have some cutting edge tech to show off, maybe you’re a hardcore hobbyist with an innovative home project or skills to share.

The festival aims to cater for a range of audiences so your activity could be pitched at beginners, children/families, girls only, those with advanced skills or adult only.

All talks and workshops will be delivered online between Oct 24th and Nov 1st via Zoom. Sessions can take place morning, afternoon or evening.

Register your interest in helping out and let us know what you can offer by booking a ticket and answering the questions Eventbrite will ask you.

Thanks in advance.

More details:

  • Essex Steamettes talks about their projects and coding hackathons :
    Learn to create digital art, animations, stories and games using simple coding including Star Wars theme. (open to all)
  • Build your own Alexa style chatbot, robotics and artificial intelligence
  • Send messages/animations to astronauts on the International Space Station using a Raspberry Pi computer. Easy coding for 6-14 year olds
  • 3D designing for 3D printing, Virtual Reality and more.
  • Learn to code Pepper the Robot using simple blocks.
  • Researching satellite photos for evidence of environmental / climate change – easy, for all.
  • Silencing the virus / She Heals – digital art project about bees and computer simulations of viruses by Lily Hunter Green
  • AI detection of bees by SimulSystems Ltd
  • Beginner Microbit coding
  • Lots more presentations, digital skills workshops and discussions being organised – let us know if you can help.

 

MiniMu Glove Camp

We’re running a 6 week online Summer Camp Tuesdays 10am on gesture based wearable tech for all ages after the success of our girl group the Essex Steamettes.

*** Fill the form out here to get the free MiniMu kit ***.

You will need a Microbit.  Kitronik sells the Microbit kit for £15 or libraries lend Microbits for free. This link has details on how to buy one from Pimoroni.

The camp will deliver 10 lessons with accompanying ezines using the MiniMu glove kit designed by MiMu and Pimoroni.

It is free to attend for all but you will require a MiniMu glove and Micro:bit to take part.

We’re also running some Raspberry Jam activities and are looking for people to give talks, show their projects and run tech workshops. Contact us if you would like to participate.

Book each week here to get the video link:

https://twitter.com/SouthendRPiJams/status/1280485791291105280