The sessions involved connecting an ultrasonic distance senor to a Raspberry Pi, coding a bit of Scratch and making a paper cow. When all this was put together the end result was a cow whose bells jangled as you got near to it and when you go too near it mooed.
Over the past couple of weeks we have run two robot building sessions. The first was at the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury:
The Red Brick Building Ltd is an innovative community-owned social enterprise based in the former Morlands Factory situated between Glastonbury and Street in Somerset.
In the last six years we have raised close to £1 million locally and through grants and have transformed two of the three derelict buildings into a vibrant community space for all ages.
The second session was at Exeter Phoenix, the outline for the day long course is for the participants to build from scratch a two wheeled object avoiding robot.
We set a number of challenges along the way, the first is to get the robot to go forward in a straight line. We then set the challenge of designing and building (out of card, tape and white tack) a ball pushing device to fit the front of the robot. We are always surprised by the inventiveness and variety of designs that come out of these sessions (some more practical than others).
The challenge is then to push a ball in a (relatively) straight line for a certain distance:
Finally we add an ultrasonic sensor so that the robot can avoid bumping into objects – if time we also add leds and buzzers:
Participants often choose to decorate and embellish their robots:
Some of the feedback we’ve received:
Thank you for organising the robot day yesterday. My son really enjoyed it and said that it was “fun”. It is always difficult to find something that appeals to young teens around this area so I was really happy to discover that this was going on at the Red Brick Building. I really hope that you visit this area again.
A*** and his friend J**** really enjoyed the day – in fact J****’s now planning a career in robotics!
I thought the day was really well organised and it looked like they all had a great time.
The August Raspberry Jam took place at Exeter Library as usual and we were unexpectedly busy. We had thought that as it was the summer holidays that we would be fairly quiet but it turned out to be one of the busiest jams for a while. It was good to see some familiar faces as well as a lot of new ones. We had some robots, one using a pi zero and blue dot – here are some pictures:
We’re looking forward to teaming up with Code Club and attending the Big Bang Fair at Exeter University on Wednesday 21st June. We’ll be taking lots of demos and bits of kit to play with. Should be a great day!
On Thursday 27th July we will be taking our robot building day to a new location – the Red Brick Building in Glastonbury. This will be a day long course following the same structure as our recent event at the Engine Room, Bridgwater which you can read about by following this link.
On 30th May we presented two workshops at Exeter Phoenix. The second session used Scratch to code our Air Piano; the first time we’ve tried that in a workshop and it all went very well! Unfortunately we were so busy that we failed to take any pictures / video of it – so here’s some pictures of the Air Piano build.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Arts Council England grant to run a series of three music hack events in 2017. The first session was at the Glass Box Taunton on Saturday 20 May
‘These sessions will run on one day and we will create our own text score that we can perform by the end of the day. We will look at existing text scores, specifically at ones form the English Experimental composers of the 1960s, and see how we can develop our own. We will be using only electronic devices that have been built on the day or existing ones that have been hacked by us on the day plus Raspberry Pi computers to program and create sounds through hardware and software.
Please note that we do not expect participants to have coding, electronic or music skills; this is very much for people who want to try something different and exploration and inquisitiveness are far more important. You do not have to have musical skill and experience to take part and the same philosophy will apply to coding. A willingness to explore and experiment is far more important than programming knowledge.’
We had a good turn out at the Glass Box and lots of willing participants happy to build and create using a variety of devices. Looking forward to the next one at Soundart Radio in Totnes. More details here: