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:

Coolest Projects 2020

4 of the Essex Steamettes, girls from the Southend and Chelmsford Raspberry Jams and new recruits, entered the Coolest Projects 2020 online showcase.

Here are their entries. There is a Scratch link and the rest of the videos can be viewed on the Essex Steamettes playlist with their other videos :

Black Jack card game

GCSE Computer Science Revision Game

Save Mr Orange

Steady Hand Game


Take part

Girls aged 11yrs+ are invited to take part in online meetings Thursdays 11am to learn about coding and technology, be inspired by women in tech and collaborate on projects together. More details on how to join the Essex Steamettes are here.

We’re also running a wearable tech course using a glove and Microbit for girls aged 10yrs+ on Sundays 2pm and Tuesdays 5pm.

More details on how to join the Essex Steamettes are here.


We’re also looking to run the glove course for all, run a space science experiment on the International Space Station and also do an online Raspberry Jam Tech Festival with lots of activities for all ages and abilities. Details coming soon.



Essex Steamettes

Online activities for girls who want to learn creative coding, engineering, digital art and the application of technology to solve problems such as climate change, pollution, ageing. Book on Eventbrite to get the Zoom joining details.

Thursdays 11am-2pm
11yrs-19yrs (or 9yrs+ with coding experience)
Booking below.

Tuesdays 5pm-7pm and Sundays 2pm-4pm
Interactive wearable tech competition. Invite only.
Sunday 2pm booking here.
Tuesday 5pm booking here.

More details here (password: essexsteamettes)

Shared document:
MiniMu glove questions :
Allow microphone and camera on entering.


Whilst others are talking or if you step away, please mute yourself.
(Microphones will pick up external noise and amplify it using automatic gain control.)

Shared Google drive folder to share files (if logged in to Google) :

The shared document and the shared Google drive are publicly editable.



An online meetup for girls who love being creative with science, technology and engineering.

Make friends, learn new things, work on projects together, find out about tech careers, help others learn, show your projects to others, get feedback and help.

The application form asks about ability and interests and if you’d like to talk or show your project (screen sharing and/or webcam) and we’ll flesh out the activities based on that feedback.

We’ll look at an easy way to start learning Python with Edu Blocks, creating animations and using sensors on the Raspberry Pi computers on the International Space Station, pollution sensing, longer term collaboration and more. Tuesdays 5pm and Sundays 2pm will be doing the wearable tech glove course with 4 EssexSteamettes taking part in the competition by making video diaries of their progress.

Click here to watch one of the Essex Steamettes Youtube videos and see the their playlist: with turtle patterns during today’s @SouthendRPiJams meetup, using @edu_blocks 🙂


Lowena wrote the code to turn the Astro Pi into an mp3 player which played the Sonic Pi tune created in Southend which Tim Peake tweeted when he was on the International Space Station. Details here.

Please help to publicise on Facebook and Twitter :

You can see more photos on Facebook (don’t forget to like the page and posts):


Mercury Digital Festival

Friday 21st August 11.30pm, Saturday 22nd August 11.30pm, Sunday 2pm
The Essex Steamettes will be showing people how to create digital stories using Scratch on Friday and Saturday.
On Sunday, they will be showcasing what they have been doing during lockdown and inviting other young people to show their projects as well.
More details here.

Meeting ID: 835 3479 9339
Passcode: 067538

Southend Culture Network

Southend Culture Network

The Southend Culture Network (SCN) works collectively towards the production, presentation and promotion of arts and culture in Southend with the ambition of maximising the creative potential of Southend and enriching our offer. SCN is self-governing and self-organising, with each member organisation having equal responsibility for agreeing shared objectives and delivering these for the benefit of local communities and wider audiences.

The core aims of SCN is to enable;

1. Effective communication of the cultural offer in Southend on Sea, including
a) Ensuring clear and up to date internal communication of activities between network members
b) Seeking opportunities for more effective means to communicate the cultural offer in Southend more widely and more effectively.
c) Working together to collect data and evaluation, to ensure the impact of the cultural offer can be measured and communicated to stakeholders.

2. Working together to create new opportunities for collaborative projects, programmes, enhanced resources, and facilities for the cultural offer in Southend.

SCN comprises professional organisations and individuals located in Southend-on-Sea who work for public benefit to deliver culture and the arts for creative practitioners, communities and wider audiences.


Please help by taking part in this survey to help to identify priorities and shape the future of art and cultural activity in our community as Southend’s new Cultural Vision is developed.


Southend Tech is a member of the Southend Culture Network and the Digital Southend Working Group.

You may be interested in the Raspberry Pi air pollution art project in Chelmsford which we took part in, the use of Microbit controlled LED lights at the Chelmsford Light Parade, the Essex Steamettes (our girls only group who like being creative coding, science and technology) and our Raspberry Jam Tech Festivals.






Moonhack 2020

Saturday 30th May 11am-4pm
Online hackathon

Join us for a world record breaking event for children and young people.

Click here to join video :
Projects / certificates :
Backup service:

Shared document:

Moon Hack is a fun way to learn coding skills and you don’t need any experience to be part of it. Suggested ages 9-18yrs for online activities but can be done from ~5yrs with parental help or if familiar with Scratch.

Code Club Australia will provide 6 amazing projects with step-by-step instructions for a range of levels of abilities from absolute beginners to confident Python coders.

We’ll run this online with participants invited to other virtual events and physical events once lockdown lifts. Book here :

Online girls meetups and interactive wearable tech course here.



Basildon Raspberry Jam

Sat 25th January 2020 10.30am-3.30pm
Basildon Library

A girls only STEAM based Raspberry Jam to celebrate Essex Libraries’ launch of #Essex2020 Year of Science and Creativity.
Suggested age 9yrs+.

Create interactive works of art 10.30am-11.30am – Intermediate to Advanced

Create interactive works of art inspired by famous artists using Processing / Javascript coding.

Astro Pi 11.30am-12.30pm – Beginners to advanced

Code messages and animations to be played to astronauts on the International Space Station on the Raspberry Pi computers which Tim Peake took there.

CreatorSpace 12.30pm onwards Beginners to advanced

Ad hoc 3D printing, Raspberry Pi, Microbit, robotics, general hacking and digital making in the CreatorSpace. Bring your own tech to show.

Frozen with Anna and Elsa 1.30pm-2.30pm Beginners

Code with Anna and Elsa as they explore the magic and beauty of ice. You will create snowflakes and patterns as you ice-skate and make a winter wonderland that you can then share with your friends !

Code a Dance Party 2.30pm-3.30pm Beginners

Choreograph dance moves and light effects to your favourite pop tunes.


Drop in activities 10.30am-3.30pm unstructured activities for people to drop in or work on for longer as they wish with less supervision or bring their own.

Code the OhBot robot to talk, move and change eye colours using simple Scratch like block. Can you work out how to use the Python interface ?

Bit:Bot robot – code the robot car to move and flash coloured lights

3D printing – learn to design and print using a 3D printer

GH Scientific – Biology activities

Ozobots: Start coding screen-free, by drawing Color Codes that tell your Ozobot what to do. Color Codes teach basic coding concepts like cause/effect, critical thinking, and debugging. Can you work out how to use the Scratch programming interface ?

Electrical Circuit bending – play with batteries, motors, wires, LEDs

Chemical Reactions in the home eg. testing acidity with cabbage juice

Bring your own tech – Feel free to bring laptop, tablet, phone, lego robotics, Sphero, Snap circuits, Harry Potter Wand, Kano, Rasperry Pi/Microbit/Ardiuno, projects, Cosmo/ Vector robots, VR headsets, 3D printers etc. to work on, show others, teach others and collaborate with, discover more advanced things it can do, get help from others.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

You can attend all or part of the day.

Raspberry Jam Safeguarding


Basildon Library is located in Basildon Town Centre

No food or drink to be consumed in the library but there are lots of shops in the town centre.


Chelmsford Raspberry Jam 5

Chelmsford Raspberry Jam 5

Saturday, 15th February 2020 10am-4pm
Chelmsford Library, first floor

We’re looking for people to give tech talks, show projects, run and/or help with coding/electronic workshops on a variety of tech topics (any cool tech not just Raspberry Pi) at the next Southend Raspberry Jam Sunday 8th March.

Family activities from 10.30am with more technical professional activities later on. See below for timetable.






9am Library open for setup
10am-10.30am Preview and meetup for those doing talks,  showing projects or helping/running workshops
10.30am Welcome talk/group photo


Please bring a charged laptop/tablet and leads if you can, as there are only a few library computers which people will need to share.

* 11am Dance Party workshop – Beginners
Choreograph dance moves and light effects to your favourite pop tunes.

* 12pm “Smart Classroom” – Beginners
Create a smart assistant (Alexa) that lets you control virtual devices. Teach a computer to recognise the meaning of your commands

* 1pm Lunch

* 1.30pm “Interactive Storyteller” – Intermediate to Advanced, 9yrs+
Create a story and make the story change each time it runs.
Then, remix the code to write your own story. Storyteller was created by New York Times bestselling author Miriam Peskowitz, based on her book Code Like a Girl. Awesome for people who like to write.

* 2.30pm CyberSecurity – Advanced, 12yrs+
In Yr 8 and want to enter CyberFirst Girls Competition, let us know ?

Projects being demoed – show / tell

10.30am-12pm or all day
Snap circuits
Oh Bot Talking head robot
Bit:Bot – Microbit robot car and lights
The above were run by the Essex Steamettes – the girls group
RC model planes
Amateur Radio
Dementia button / light game by Remap – engineering / hacking equipment for people with disabilities.
Raspberry Pi Face tracking

Drop in workshops – general hacking

A number of different projects to work on at your own leisure including some of the projects above being demoed, or bring your own to work on with people / get help.


10.30am Getting involved with Amateur Radio
11am Coding Virtual Reality
2.30pm RC Model flying – how to get involved and technology involved in the sport.

12pm Microbit – learn to code and interact with the real world

Publicity / Social Media



Jam run by @SouthendTech (DMs are open to all)



Southend Tech

Southend Tech Group

Essex Science and Creativity Group

Essex Steamettes
(our girls only STEAM group)



Southend Tech
(no private messages)


Location / Transport

The library is located in the centre of Chelmsford near to the train station.

Chelmer Valley and Sandon Park and Ride buses drop you off outside the Library and are convenient and low cost.,0.4675881,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8e962855a2df3:0x6b7b8f48f655c033!8m2!3d51.7343792!4d0.4697768


There are lots of shops in the town centre.
Feel free to come and go as you please, but we’ll have a 30 min lunch break at 1pm.

Raspberry Pi Safeguarding Policy


Workshop Links!/worksheets




Southend Raspberry Jam 14

Southend Raspberry Jam 14

Sunday, 8 March 2020 10.30am-4pm
The Hive Enterprise Centre, Southend on Sea

A digital making tech festival in Southend with coding and tech activities to do, interesting talks and projects on show.

We’re looking for companies/people/children to show projects, give tech talks, help with workshops and other volunteering activities on the day.
Let us know on the booking form if you want to take part.

We’ll be doing more activities in Essex, so book an invite ticket if you can’t make it.

For all ages and abilities from families with children to IT/engineering professionals.
Part of the Raspberry Pi Big Birthday Celebrations, TechCityonSea and Essex 2020 Year of Science and Creativity.


10am Preview and meetup for those doing talks, showing projects or helping/running workshops and marshaling.


10.30am Welcome talk/group photo
12pm Getting involved with Amateur Radio
12.30pm  Remote Control Model flying – how to get involved and technology involved in the sport – motors, servos, lipos etc.

1pm lunch break
1.30pm Swift on the Raspberry Pi
2pm Introduction to Python and Circuit Playground (sensors, lights etc.)
2.30pm Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash

Show / tell projects, drop in workshops

Remote Control model planes
Amateur Radio demos
Mini electro-etching

Essex Steamettes – the new girls group 10.30am-1pm :
Snap circuits / Hot Wires simple electronic circuits
Robot car and lights
Oh Bot Talking head robots
Bit:Bot – Microbit robot car and lights
Steady hand game
Reptile environmental monitoring system



Please bring a charged laptop/tablet and power leads if you can, as there are only a few laptop computers which people will need to share.


Dance Party workshop – Beginners 7yrs+
Choreograph dance moves and light effects to your favourite pop tunes.

“Interactive Storyteller” – Intermediate to Advanced, 9yrs+
Create a story and make the story change each time it runs.
Then, remix the code to write your own story. Storyteller was created by New York Times bestselling author Miriam Peskowitz, based on her book Code Like a Girl. Awesome for people who like to write.

1pm  Lunch break

1.30pm Moon Lander Hackathon – Beginner 7yrs+ or Intermediate to Advanced 11yrs+

Follow instructions to create a moon lander and then take a number of challenges to investigate and extend your project.

2.30pm CyberSecurity – Advanced, 11yrs+







Raspberry Pi Safeguarding Policy


The Hive Enterprise Centre is donating the venue hire charges as part of TechCityonSea.

Southend Coding Meetup

All events now held online

Southend Coding Meetup
Weekly Mondays 7pm-10pm

Southend Coding Meetup is an online weekly Zoom meetup for those interested in coding.

*** Join Zoom meeting here. ***

We chat and people screen share their code and apps. If you would like to give a longer talk or feedback, see form below. Beginners welcome to take part but it’s not a learning to code activity – see Essex Steamettes for online girls coding activities and we’ll be doing more online Raspberry Jam family learning activities during lockdown if you are interested.

Outside lockdown, we meet fortnightly for Southend Coding Meetup at The Old Waterworks in Southend, fortnightly 7-9pm on Monday evenings.
We learn new things, share our projects and have fun with hardware like Raspberry Pi, Microbit, Arduino, robotics etc.
Beginners and families are welcome to attend for unstructured learning and we run more formal learning activities in Essex at other times.

Zoom Meeting details

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Meeting ID: 885 5433 8383
Passcode: 452064


Meeting feedback form and potential talks :


Over 18s are also invited to join us online for Southend Tech Meetup which is held 6-10pm on the first Thursday of the month (normally at The Old Waterworks) covering a wider range of tech related topics, occasional talks, more networking and suitable for non coders.



Online Raspberry Jam

Monday 6th April – 6pm+
Online talks

Controlling a synthesiser with your brain waves and a Raspberry Pi.
80s retro Etch-a-Sketch with HP plotters
Controlling hardware with ScratchGPIO (a simple drag and drop editor)
4Tronix Orbit – a sphere of controllable lights
Shoulder mounted rig using body sensors to control a robot remotely
EduBlocks – easy way to learn Python coding for beginners
Nadia’s Steady hand game

View talks :

Submit your own talk :



Post lockdown, don’t miss:

Thursday  Southend Tech Meetup at The Old Waterworks


The venue is located on the junction of North Road / Chelmsford Avenue. Don’t go in the building site entrance on the junction (next to the Muslim building). Use the pedestrian entrance just next to it or the free car park entrance is further towards the BP garage.

See here for location details and free parking.


Future Plans:

Hackathons, Tech Festivals, Young Digital Makers


The Essex Steamettes and other young coders sometime join. Suggested age 12yrs+.


We look forward to seeing you.