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
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:
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.