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Excited for Picademy North – York May 2015!

Posted: May 2, 2015 by schoolpiclub in General News


I just wanted to do an official blog post to say how thrilled I am that my application to the Raspberry Pi Foundation Picademy Course has been successful. I’m looking forward to meeting other Pi-oneers and meeting the foundation team.

Lara (Mary Mags Pi Club) and I all set and we have a 2 hour journey on the train to talk Pi too!



Fun with Cannybots

Posted: May 2, 2015 by schoolpiclub in General News

Thankfully it’s a Bank Holiday weekend so I have extra time on my hands to get ready for Monday evening’s Raspberry Jam. This morning (Saturday) two parcels from arrived!

Two little Cannybots, some accessories, a racetrack and the Pi_mazing Maze!!

One cannybot was already setup for the Racetrack and can be controlled with an iPhone. Within minutes I had this up and running…which was fab.

Now onto the other Cannybot  – controlled by a Raspberry Pi and Scratch. I’m still in the process of getting this up and running, think it’s my bluetooth dongle that’s causing the delay…..but watch this space. I shall be bringing the Cannybots to the Preston Raspberry Jam on Monday 4th May


The sun came out today and I thought let’s have a nice ride out. On our way home we were passing CPC and I couldn’t resist nipping in. 

This resulted in me investing in more Raspberry Pi goodies….and a Raspberry Pi 2!! Although I already have the Adventures in Raspberry Pi ebook, I couldn’t pass on this for £1.99! It will come in handy for the Raspberry Jams.

Also looking forward to trying some soldering for the first time.



Posted: March 26, 2015 by Shaun Barratt in General News

…Just waiting till RedFrenElectronics make the software for the crumble available on the raspberry pi

Putting the Sparkles into Cycling

Posted: March 26, 2015 by schoolpiclub in General News

The Neopixel LEDs are so bright on the Sparkles I decided to experiment with a cycle helmet.

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Crumble and Sparkles – First Attempt

Posted: March 26, 2015 by schoolpiclub in General News

Following the weekend of fun at the Preston Raspberry Jamboree I thought we would take a look at the Crumble.

With a little help from Simon Walter aka @cymplecy we managed to get it up an running.

Visit Redfern Electronics Getting Started with Crumble page for more info or download their Crumble Getting Started Guide.

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School Pi Club – Being a 21st Century Teacher

Posted: March 26, 2015 by schoolpiclub in General News

Inspiring all pupils to reach their full potential

New and exciting approaches to lessons

Network with others in your field

Opportunities for all

Variety – let pupils explore a wide range of learning methods

Always keep up to date with latest developments

Technology to be used wherever possible

Invest your time wisely

Vision and belief to change the future

Experiment – sometimes things don’t always go to plan but it’s an adventure to take the risk.