Monkmakes Project 4 – Thermometer

Posted: September 24, 2014 by schoolpiclub in General News


Our first School Pi Club of the new school year took place this week and we were straight back into our Monkmakes projects.

The pupils worked independently, gathering all the necessary parts and managed to get the “Thermometer’ project up a running in 20 mins. Great work!

I think we may need to check it out again next week because the classroom was definitely not -42.13c

That’s what we call a Cool project!!


Our Lego Education Storystarter Competition Entry

Posted: July 26, 2014 by schoolpiclub in General News

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During last few weeks of the summer term, School Pi Club members worked very hard on their entry for the Lego Education Storystarter competition.

It was a great collaborative effort with the KS3 students taking on multiple roles as Director, Producer, Editor and storytellers.

Well done guys!

Here is the YouTube video of our entry.



Lego Education Kit has arrived!

Posted: June 23, 2014 by schoolpiclub in General News

Our Lego Education Kit has arrived and today we started planning our video for the StoryStarter competition.

We’ve had great fun so far thinking of our story lines, character names and scene setting.

We appointed our Producer (JA) and Director (JW) and plan to have some more assistants onboard next week.

To find out more about Lego Education StoryStarter resources please visit



Monkmakes Project 8 – Light Harp in 20 mins

Posted: June 16, 2014 by schoolpiclub in General News

Monkmakes Light Harp project was our task for today’s School Pi Club. The students worked independently, gathering all the necessary parts and managed to get it up a running in 20 mins. Great work!

Take a look at our YouTube video, you can just about hear the buzzer changing sound when the photoresistor is covered.




Monkmakes Reaction Timer Project

Posted: June 2, 2014 by schoolpiclub in General News

Great leadership and team work today whilst working on the Reaction Timer project in the Monkmakes Electronics Kit.




School Pi meets Sonic Pi

Posted: May 18, 2014 by schoolpiclub in General News


Tomorrow School Pi Club members shall be looking at Sonic Pi for the first time. The Raspberry Pi is configured and all set up and we have a little speaker ready.


The instructions to install Sonic Pi are very easy to follow.

1. Open LXTerminal
2. sudo apt-get update
3. Press enter and wait for update to install
4. sudo apt-get install sonic-pi
5. Press enter and wait for Sonic Pi to install
6. Once installed the Sonic Pi app will appear in the Education menu on the Raspberry Pi. You can also right-click to create a shortcut for Sonic Pi on the desktop.


For more information about Sonic Pi including a KS3 Scheme of Work, please visit the following link.

PhotoBooth for Pi

Posted: May 6, 2014 by schoolpiclub in General News, Raspberry Pi Camera

School Pi Club wanted to work on a project that in future could involve the whole school. We often have charity fundraising days in school where we organise different events. We came up with the idea of turning the Raspberry Pi into a PhotoBooth.

With the help of twitter and David Whale (Software engineer/Essex Schools Liaison Officer) aka @Whaleygeek we put together some code to create a Raspberry Pi PhotoBooth.

The photos are taken automatically every few seconds and the students can see their image immediately on screen. The code also contains fun captions which are picked at random.

If you would like to try PhotoBooth for Pi yourself below is a link to the Python code.

Python Code – PhotoBooth for Pi

If you haven’t already done so you may need to install the Picamera module onto your Raspberry Pi. Instructions on how to do that can be found here