Minecraft at Exeter Phoenix

On Monday 23rd October we will be at Exeter Phoenix running a series of coding with minecraft sessions.


Experience coding Minecraft on a Raspberry Pi computer! In the hour and a half session for 9 – 14 years, you’ll learn how to use the Python language to control and build your Minecraft world.

‘From simple buildings to massive structures, you’ll be creating things with a few simple lines of code that would take days to build normally. Your world will be networked so everyone can participate in the same game and see what other people are doing, you’ll also be able to play Minecraft using a dance mat and control a real robot arm from inside Minecraft.

Session times:

  • Session 1: 9.30am – 11am
  • Session 2: 11.30am – 1pm
  • Session 3: 1.30pm – 3pm
  • Session 4: 3.30pm – 5pm’

Tickets can be booked here

Digital Day at Dorchester Library 25th August 2016

On Thursday 25th August we took part in a Digital Day at Dorchester Library.

We ran four different workshops throughout the day all of which were well attended and were really enjoyable. We ran workshops in building an air piano, using leds with scratch, playing the oompah loompa song with sonic pi and 3D printing.



This was the first time we had taken our 3D printer out on the road and it worked very well and drew a lot of attention.

Coding with Minecraft 24th August 2016

On Wednesday 24th August we ran a series of coding with minecraft sessions at Bath Library.

We started the sessions by introducing the Raspberry Pi and minecraft pi to the participants,  all had played minecraft before but none had used it on the pi. After running through the basics we then demonstrated how to use python to interact, we produced a number of worksheets and examples including interfacing with the gpio by flashing leds and exploding bombs.

CBBC Live: Awesome Authors Hamworthy Library 16/17th July

Hamworthy library cbbc

On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July we took part in the CBBC live Awesome Authors event at Hamworthy Library.
Here is the info from Poole Libraries website:

Don’t miss the upcoming CBBC Awesome Authors event at Hamworthy Library to celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Challenge and to get under 12’s excited about reading, creative writing and storytelling. Over the two days CBBC presenter MarcusBronzy will be joined by popular authors and illustrators and CBBC Live Awesome Authors will be streamed live from Birmingham Library. 

A range of free activities will be taking place in and around the library including:

Join the Summer Reading Challenge

  • Become a member of Poole Library
  • Learn how to create amazing art with expert animator ART NINJA
  • Have fun with the Wolfblood Storyteller App
  • Take part in the Danger Mouse Detective Treasure Hunt
  • Use the Summer Reading Challenge Book Sorter machine to find out what books other children recommend you should read this summer
  • Learn more about BBC Microbits, coding and 3D printing with 2TimesDo
  • Improve your football skills at the Match of the Day Skills Zone
  • Learn to write like a Sports Journalist
  • Enjoy Roald Dahl activity sheets and storytelling
  • Have a go at climbing a Harbour Challenge climbing wall (Sunday Only)

Author and Illustrator Line up for each day

On Saturday 16 July meet local author David Solomons, author of ‘My brother is a Superhero’ and watch a live stream from Birmingham Library with Dame Jacqueline Wilson the renowned author of ‘Hetty Feather’ and Ben Bailey Smith also known as the infamous Doc Brown, author of ‘I am bear’.

On Sunday 17 July meet Horrible Histories illustrator Martin Brown and watch a live stream with Chris Bradford author of the ‘Young Samurai’ and ‘Bodyguard’ series and screenwriter and author Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of Carnegie medal winner ‘Millions’.

This is an event the children definitely won’t want to miss this summer!

We had a great time with lots of people keen to play with the Raspberry Pis and Micro:bits that we had with us. We had a storytelling game and book chooser on the Micro:bits and the tweeting saxophone and dinosaur on the Raspberry Pi. As always the MakeyMakey fruit piano was very popular!

A brief bit of video from CBBC is here and you may just catch our set up:

Our book chooser:

Here’s our Micro:bit generated never-ending story:


and our tweeting dinosaur:


and the ever popular makeymakey banana piano:


played here by AFC Bournemouth’s mascot Cherry Bear:



Minecraft Discovery Day

Saturday 12th March will see our first Minecraft Discovery Day at Exeter Library.

This event is a collaboration between us and ODI Devon and will be a day full of Minecraft activities! We’ll be playing with both full Minecraft and Minecraft Pi to try out some new ideas:

  • We can use maps and LiDar data to generate a real place in Minecraft for you to explore; maybe you’d like to build a world with your real house in the middle? Tell us your postcode and we can create a Saves world file for you to take home on your own computer or memory stick to play later;
  • in Minecraft Pi we’ll be using a Sense HAT (like the Astro Pi) as a controller, and using Python to trigger events and build structures;
  • and there will be a Raspberry Pi connected to a dance mat that you can walk along as you explore your Minecraft world.

This is a drop in event, so you can come for as much or as little time as you’d like. You’re welcome to bring in your own laptop or Pi on the day, but don’t worry if you can’t as there will be plenty of machines here to use.

ODI Devon is the Open Data Institute node for Devon, inspiring and enabling people to do more with data. We’ll be running a series of events over the spring and summer using citizen science and open data – see http://beyond.place for more details.

Tickets can be booked from Eventbrite.