Southend Coding Evening #8

Please book for the eighth Southend Coding Evening for Teachers, Code Club, CoderDoJo and Raspberry Jam volunteers, and those who are interested in learning to code :


A good evening joined by the Southend Digital Professionals Tech Meetup who meet on the first Thursday of the month.

We had a play with Mixed Reality with the Microsoft HoloLens developer kit and coded Parrot Mambo drones using Apple Swift coding.



Thursday 5th July 2018 6.30pm-9.30pm
The Old Waterworks (Temporary Arts Project)
North Road
Southend on Sea

6.30 pm – Doors open
7.00 pm – Arrivals and introductions
7.30 pm – Lightning talks/discussion: Learning coding and digital skills
8.30 pm – Networking
9.30 pm – Suggested departure.


An opportunity for teachers, Raspberry Pi enthusiasts and Code Club/Coder Dojo volunteers to come together to discuss computing education in an informal and friendly environment. We’ll be joined by members of Southend Tech Meetup who help at Raspberry Jams.


We’ll have lightning talks about learning coding and digital skills and future local coding events.

Welcome to the eight Southend Coding Evening.

We are expecting attendees from local schools, Code Clubs and industry specialists.
Coding Evenings are established in Twickenham, Peterborough and London and continue their success in Southend.

I hope you are able to come along as this is an excellent opportunity to develop the teaching and learning of computing and coding within schools and the community.

So far, we’ll have people who can demonstrate and talk with you about :

* How to use Raspberry Pi to teach interesting and engaging lessons with physical computing and how to find suitable resources, lesson plans and help.

* Find out about the BBC Micro:Bit which was given to every Year 7 pupil in 2016.

* AstroPi – Tim Peake, the first British ESA astronaut, went to the International Space Station and ran science experiments and apps written by British school children on Raspberry Pis and an addon sensor board. Find out about further educational opportunities.

* Southend Raspberry Jam – a free local event where Raspberry Pi users meet and show their projects with workshops, talks and skills workshops.

What sort of thing can I expect if I attend?

The event starts at 6.30pm, but attendees can arrive anytime between then and about 9.00pm (which is when we start to wind down). People tend to gather in small groups to discuss things. Usually, if a teacher is looking for something specific, we will recommend someone to speak to who can help them; however, most teachers seem to get the best out of the evening by simply chatting to each other and finding out about the resources on display.

So what sort of people attend the Coding Evenings?

We get a large range of people who come along – very often we have teachers who are complete beginners and have no idea of how to teach the coding side of the new curriculum and this is an excellent opportunity for them to discuss their ideas and gain some confidence by trying things out. We also get people involved with Code Club – an initiative to get coders to volunteer in primary schools to help run a club either after or before school (and some people looking for schools to volunteer in); we have attendees who help run Coder Dojos, which is a similar idea. We also get people who are employed in the coding industry who aren’t able to volunteer in schools, but want to give something back to the community by chatting to teachers and helping to build their confidence. We get a lot of enthusiastic people who love Raspberry Pi, Makey Makeys, Arduinos or even Lego – at the last Twickenham evening, we had a Lego sensor controlling an addon board on a Raspberry Pi to make lights come on controlled by Scratch. Finally, we have a core group of very enthusiastic teachers and school technicians who have lots of ideas to share and want to show other people what they’re doing in their schools and how other schools can further their computing teaching. Everything is presented in a non-threatening, informal way to help build confidence.


The entrance to The Old Waterworks is located North of the junction of North Road and Chelmsford Avenue.
From West Road, it is 50 meters south of the BP petrol station with a large gate on the left at the junction with North Road.

The layout has changed recently and the Eventbrite map is wrong and Sat Nav is sometimes incorrect so check where you are going beforehand.
There is lots of free parking at The Old Waterworks.

Other Coding Evenings

To find out about previous events in London, Twickenham and Peterborough and elsewhere, see

Coding Evening by Cat Lamin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.