Blinking marvellous fun with @pimoroni unicorn hats!

As promised we have made a start on the club members wishlist. This week we began to look at the Unicorn Hat from Pimoroni which is an 8×8 matrix of 64 RGB LEDs that sits on top of the Pi whilst being powered by it. When we told the club members that by the end of the  session they would have super powers they didn’t quite believe us – maybe we did stretch the truth by saying this but they did all become Super Users! In order to complete this weeks tasks we needed to run IDLE as a Super User, this allowed us to give commands with special permission that then grant access to things we might not normally have access to. We then used our new found powers to blink, scroll and create rainbow effects. Now we have our super powers we want to build on them over the next few weeks starting with altering individual pixels RGB by altering the Hue, Saturation and value – progressing to painting Rainbows and then finally  using unicorn paint to create our very own digital masterpieces. 

Autumn Term 2015 Session 2


Amazing what a 10yr old can create with a @cpc_kit and a microwave tub from poundland @biglesp

During the summer holidays Elise noticed a lot of Bat activity in her garden and decided to help them find the perfect spot. Inspired by her work with the GPIO pins of the Raspberry Pi and breadboards before the summer, she decided to build a BATBOT. Elise did a presentation at the latest Preston Raspberry Jam explaining how she made it and this week shared her work with Year 6.  She explained how she built it using resistors, a micro controler , jumper wires, a piezo sounder, a solar cell for its main breadboard and a battery powered LED all from CPC, then assembled it to fit in a poundland microwave tub. What was really inspiring was the accuracy of her explanation about what each component did and why it was needed. The class were so enthused by the workings going on inside the tub it changed the way they started looking at everyday electronic gadgets and now can’t wait for their electronics topic later in the year.

Also during the summer, one of our digital leaders attended this years YRS Festival of Code. After a week of coding with a team at Leigh Hackspace he went down to present the final app at Birminghams International Convention Centre. 

But now the summers over and a new term begins bringing with it our regular coders and new recruits. Everyone was full of enthusiasm planning out our next few weeks. With a wishlist consisting of Unicorn Hats, Cam Jam kits, Astro Pi, Codebug…… at this rate we will need a whole weeks Hackathon – Now there’s a thought!