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.