On Monday 23rd October we will be at Exeter Phoenix running a series of coding with minecraft sessions.
CODING FOR MINECRAFT
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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday 26th October we ran our first workshop with Exeter Phoenix. The day was a chance for children to put together a kit of parts including motors, wheels and electronics and build a two wheeled robot. Once built we programmed the robots to move forwards and backwards in a straight line before adding a distance sensor then writing the code to stop the robot from bumping into things.
We had a fully attended day with a variety of ages and skills and all managed to have a working robot by the end of the day when we had a knockout race to see whose could travel the furthest without hitting something.
Some pictures from the day:
Some video of a robot travelling in a straight(ish) line: