On 25th October we took part in a Digital Day at Weymouth library. We ran four workshops throughout the day, all were fully subscribed. The workshops were all intended to be an introduction to and exploration of digital technology and particularly computer coding. We are always focused on the creative side of coding so try to include musical elements wherever possible.
The four workshops were building an air piano, using the Raspberry Pi’s gpio in Scratch, making music with Sonic Pi and 3D printing. For the first two workshops the attendees had to build a simple electronic circuit that was then connected to the Raspberry Pi and programmed. The air piano used an ultrasonic distance sensor so that the computer sounded a different note of the major scale depending on an object’s distance from the sensor.
The second workshop used a simple circuit with an led on it and we created a program that made the led flash on and off when an icon on the computer screen was clicked.
The third workshop used the program Sonic Pi to create music, we created a piece that had a melody, drums, bass and improvised solo. The final workshop was designing a 3D object that could be printed out using our 3D printer; the attendees designed a star shape with their initial on it using 3D design software and we showed the printer in action printing out examples of this type of work.
A really enjoyable day with lots of interest all put together by the Friends of Weymouth Library who also provided us with lunch and cups of tea through out the day.
We had some great feedback on the day and via social media :
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and an email from one of the participants:
Thank you for your digital day yesterday at Weymouth, it was really enjoyable. My brother and I mostly enjoyed the 3D printing and the air piano. We enjoyed using the raspberry pi and programming things. Overall the day was great
Ian and I rounded off the day by having a cup of tea (actually a very large pot) and cake at the excellent Good Life Cafe.