26 February 2015
I'm looking forward to this weekend's birthday party for the Raspberry Pi in its home town of Cambridge. The programme of events looks incredible, with talks, workshops, marketplace stalls, discussion areas, a Robot Wars style obstacle course, and show and tell tables, plus a party in the evening. It's going to be amazing.
On the Saturday, I'll be helping to run a Scratch hackathon where we'll be inviting attendees to see what they can build in a couple of hours in the afternoon. We'll have some CamJam EduKits available, and we'll have ScratchGPIO, so attendees will be able to make physical gadgets with LEDs, buttons and buzzers controlled from Scratch, as well as more traditional on-screen experiences. Tickets for this session are now fully booked, but if you don't have one, please do come along to the session in lecture theatre 1 at 3.30pm to see what they built! We're expecting some children to take part and I'm sure they would love to show you what they made. If you'd like to get an idea of how you can use Scratch to light up LEDs and make a burglar alarm, see my new article here.
On the Sunday, I have a show and tell stand. I'll demo my Minecraft maze maker, and have all my coding demos from my books available. I'll also have my Scratch burglar alarm set up, so if you want to see how you can use Scratch for physical computing, please drop by. I'll be happy to chat and see if I can help if you have any queries.
I'll bring along some books too (including the new edition of Raspberry Pi For Dummies, Scratch Programming in Easy Steps, Web Design in Easy Steps, Raspberry Pi Projects, and Coding for Kids). I'll have copies of Raspberry Pi in Easy Steps and Python in Easy Steps on hand too.
I've got some Code Club leaflets, and I'll be happy to talk to you about my experience as a Code Club volunteer helping to teach programming in a school. If you're interested in helping to inspire the next generation, or want to find out how you can set up a Code Club in your school or local venue, drop by for a chat.
Mike Cook, my co-author on Raspberry Pi For Dummies, also has a Show and Tell stand, so look out for him too!
It's going to be a busy weekend and there is so much to see and do, but if you've got a moment to say 'hi', it would be great to meet you!