Moonhack 2020

Saturday 30th May 11am-4pm
Online hackathon

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

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.

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 :

 

 

Basildon Raspberry Jam

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

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

Directions

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

Workshops

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.

Talks

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

Twitter:

@ChelmsfordRJam

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

@SouthendRPiJams

Facebook:

Southend Tech

Southend Tech Group

Essex Science and Creativity Group

Essex Steamettes
(our girls only STEAM group)

 

Instagram:

Southend Tech
(no private messages)

 

Location / Transport

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

https://www.essexhighways.org/Transport-and-Roads/Getting-Around/Bus/Park-and-Ride.aspx

Chelmer Valley and Sandon Park and Ride buses drop you off outside the Library and are convenient and low cost.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Chelmsford+Library/@51.7343825,0.4675881,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47d8e962855a2df3:0x6b7b8f48f655c033!8m2!3d51.7343792!4d0.4697768

Food

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

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Workshop Links

https://code.org/dance

https://machinelearningforkids.co.uk/#!/worksheets

https://hourofpython.trinket.io/storyteller#/welcome/1-start-here

https://go.joincyberdiscovery.com/challenges/

 

 

 

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.

Timetable

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

Talks

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

 

Workshops

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.

11am-1pm

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

https://code.org/dance

“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.

https://hourofpython.trinket.io/storyteller#/welcome/1-start-here

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.

https://moonhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Moonhack2019Scratch_v6.pdf

https://moonhack.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/moonhackPython2019_v3.pdf

2.30pm CyberSecurity – Advanced, 11yrs+

https://go.joincyberdiscovery.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Mondays 7pm
Southend Coding Meetup is an online weekly meetup for those interested in coding.

Please log in using the details below and check this page for other login details if the meeting crashes or has other technical difficulties.

Zoom Meeting details

Monday 13th April:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/513935267?pwd=RFFOTmVzTzQ2c2lEV0JXTU83MVczQT09

Meeting ID: 513 935 267
Password: Essex2020

Meeting feedback form and potential talks :

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmIeC5IleAGR5jyvV34yMiPpcwm2nr6VtxIvdQDVVKzMX0_A/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

 

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 :

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ywpwIIbPlEreFRnHtwK4SGLDzFQ48ZYobcZ-CVgzs4Y/edit#gid=1042644552

Submit your own talk :

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe8fXlJP-dzXAcp7dxEa2NIFQWtu4sgasVhxCs1scFJNUuFQw/viewform

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Don’t miss:

Thursday 2nd April Southend Tech Meetup at The Old Waterworks

Location

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.

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Chelmsford Raspberry Jam 4

Sat 7th December 2019 11am-3pm
Chelmsford Library
Market Road
Chelmsford
CM1 1QH

A girls only STEAM based Raspberry Jam.

Code a Dance Party 11am-12pm – Beginners

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

Link

Create interactive works of art 11am-12pm – Intermediate to Advanced

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

Link

Do your bit for nature 12pm-1pm Beginners to Advanced

Work in a team to combine creativity and technology to create solutions for the Global Goals “Life on land” and “Life below water” using the Microbit.

Link

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 !

Link

Interactive Storyteller 1.30pm-2.30pm Intermediate to Advanced

Use Python code to 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. This hour of code is awesome for people who like to write.

Link

Drop in activities 11am-3pm 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 ?

Link

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

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

 

Directions

Chelmsford Library is located in the centre of Chelmsford close to the railway station.
There is a park and ride scheme which is easy to use and drops you outside the library. £1.50 for adults and £1 for children

Feel free to bring food / drink.

 

Digital Dance

We’re looking to mix dance, music, theatre, performance, science and digital art.

Contact us to get involved.

 

Microbits can be easily programmed and connected to person. They have accelerometers which can sense motion and direction and send this over radio to another Microbit which can communicate with a PC/Mac over USB (serial).

https://github.com/whaleygeek/microbit-midi-guitar

Here are two Microbits sensing the electronic circuit made by touching copper tape connected to the Microbits.

Data is then sent over Midi to Garage Band on a Mac to produce the music.

See also : https://support.microbit.org/support/solutions/articles/19000053392-how-do-i-play-a-midi-instrument-on-the-micro-bit

Microbits have a 5 by 5 red LED grid. Microbits are strapped to ankles and wrists. Long exposure creates light trails. Video shows positions moving in darkness. It needs a better camera with longer exposure to “draw a picture”.

We can investigate forces, acceleration, angular momentum, and other science by graphing the Microbit accelerometer reading and comparing to the video.

 

It may be possible to use the readings to give a real time feedback to the dancer on incorrect positions and movements.

 

Neopixels are controllable LEDs which can create 16 million different colours (255 levels of Red Green Blue) and are very bright. Colours can change depending on different algorithms eg. over time or movement.

Microbits and other controllers eg. Gemma can be sown into clothes using conductive thread, but it is prone to coming lose especially with movement.

Arduino + MPU6050 :

https://ipsystems.co.uk/index.php?id=425

Movement controlling musical attributes.

https://www.instructables.com/id/Microbit-Midi-CC-Wireless-Controller/

Artificial Intelligence can use webcam video to do live body mapping and send positions of limbs.

Outputs could include lights, music, robotics, visualisations, projection mapping, virtual reality, augmented reality.

There are some fun beginner “code dance moves and lighting” suitable for beginners to learn coding.

Hour of Code: Dance Party

We’ll be doing the Hour of Code Dance Party and simpler Microbit activities at future Jams. Some of the more advanced projects may be on display for people to discus and play with. We are looking to work with dancers on some of the implementation and coding and maybe do a dance/tech performance.

See www.southendtech.co.uk for future Raspberry Jam dates and smaller events.

Essex 2020 Year of Science and Creativity

Essex 2020: Year of Science and Creativity is an Essex-wide, year-long celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) showcasing the county’s pioneering and inventive spirit through a series of meaningful events, exhibitions, projects and curated opportunities.

It aims to engage, motivate, challenge and inspire children and their families, adult learners, business professionals and entrepreneurs about all things STEAM related. The year-long programme will be rooted around a number of flagship events, not least the British Science Festival coming to Chelmsford in September 2020 and features science, engineering, the arts, cultural events, festivals and community projects.

2020 is the 100th year anniversary of Marconi, the 400th year anniversary of the sailing of Mayflower and the 100th year anniversary of HMS Beagle.

March 2020 – Essex Book Festival

Building on the success of our science strand with our Science & the Imagination Day at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford. In 2019, there were fun experiments with Sandford Mill, Slime making workshops, Mad Science shows, author talks and Ozobots and Code Club with Essex Libraries.

March 2020 – Raspberry Jam Tech Festival

Family fun STEAM activities with Raspberry Pi, Microbits, coding and digital art.

British Science Festival 2020 – Anglia Ruskin University , Chelmsford

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science Festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. The Festival aims to connect people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.

Each year, there is an inspiring programme of free events to the public over four or five days, bursting with exciting opportunities to get involved in. Talks, workshops and drop-in events span a diverse range of subjects that encompass science in the broadest sense, promising something for everyone!

Space Chase coding

We’ll be running a number of Space Chase coding activities on Tuesdays 6th and 13th August 2019 in Basildon Library.

BRING FOOD AND DRINK FOR THE DAY, NO NEED TO PRINT TICKETS

Please register for a compulsory adult/child entry ticket per person attending. You will need to answer diversity and inclusivity demographic questions and photo/video consent. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

If you can’t make it but want to be invited to future events, please register the appropriate ticket.

Tuesday 6th August 2019 – 3pm-7.30pm
Basildon Library / CreatorSpace

3.00pm-3.30pm Helper meetup
If you would like to help (aged 9yrs+), please arrive at 3pm for a quick run through of what will be happening.

3.30pm-3.40pm Sorting algorithms, line up by age, name, shoe size….

3.40pm-4.30pm Coding with Barbie 6yrs+
Learn coding and explore being an astronaut with Barbie
For beginners

4.30pm-4.40pm “Space Girls” Film
During a sleepover, four 9-year-old girls obsessed with space embark on a secret mission in their cardboard rocket. When Dad returns home, what will become of their mission ?

4.40pm-4.45pm Astro Pi Film
Canadian astronaut Jenni Sidey inspires young women in science and tech with Astro Pi. Southend Tech will run AstroPi Mission Zero at a later date and children can have their code run on the International Space Station by an astronaut.

4.45pm-5.00pm Astro Pi hardware and space science

5pm-5.30pm Astronaut reaction timer / gravity 8yrs+
Learn about the effects of gravity and how to simulate them with code.
Learn about Astronaut reaction times, and distances traveled by the International Space Station in that time, by creating a reaction time game in Scratch.

General hacking 5.30pm-7.30pm 8yrs+
Continue with coding, 3D print your own key ring, work on your own project or general hacking in the Creatorspace.

Tuesday 14th August 2019 – 3pm-7.30pm
Basildon Library / CreatorSpace

3.00pm-3.30pm Helper meetup
If you would like to help (aged 9yrs+), please arrive at 3pm for a quick run through of what will be happening.

3.30pm-5.00pm Microbit blocks coding
Learn to create patterns and animations which react to movement, buttons, touch. See some colourful lights controlled by Microbits.

General hacking 5.00pm-7.30pm 8yrs+
Continue with coding, 3D print your own key ring, work on your own project or general hacking in the Creatorspace.

3D printing, design, modeling, scanning, 360 video and VR in Southend / Essex

Southend Coding VR, AR, Unity, 3D, 360 Meetup
Monday 9th December – 7pm-9pm
The Old Waterworks, North Road, Southend
Researching and collaborating different ways to code VR,AR,3D,360
See Southend Coding Meetup for more details.

 

Here are some companies who do 3D printing, scanning, design, VR and modeling in the Southend area.

Coulter Action Ltd

Motion graphics content creation.

Digital Asset Emporium

Designs 3d models of objects.

Bubble Image

4k 360 degree video live streaming and creates VR/apps.

3D Filaprint

3d printing filament and 3d design and modelling.

The Stage House UK

Live streaming and digital media production.

Miru 3D

Photo scanning to create fully immersive 3D models and maps. Think Google Streetview in your venue.

CVM Marketing

3D media for advertising and promotion.

Pixel VR

VR arcade with multiplayer games and rooms.

Funky Gorilla Games

An independent Southend games studio specialising in fun mobile games, VR/AR games and experiences.

3Ative

A production studio offering 3D Animation, Video Production, Digital Editing, Visual Effects and more in Westcliff.

Vincent McAtamney

AR VR Immersive Tech and Home Cinema consultant working with businesses in and around Essex.

The VR Space

Virtual Reality space in Chelmsford with all the latest headsets and games.

BBVR

Canvey Island VR games, experiences, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and development.

Premier Computers

VR experience in the Southend shop.

Elite Gamer

Games arcade with VR.

NHDesign3D

3D printing and CAD modeling.