We make sense of the Sense HAT with @TheMagP1 essentials digital book.

This week Elise and Isaac started to work through the MagPi essentials digital book for the sense HAT they won in the Astro Pi competition. They started off by scrolling messages, lighting up individual letters, creating images and setting orientation. After this they detected the temperature in the room.

30 degrees in mid January? 

“SAY WHAT!” Somebody needs to turn the radiators down! Once they had played around with some of the sensors, they decided to start creating an Interative Pixel Pet. After a few designs I think they have decided on their pet design ready for coding next week.

Some of our other Digital Leaders continued work with the Pibrella, this week using the excellent resources from Cam Jam Pibrella Workshop. George and Austin challenged themselves to run a code to mimick the way traffic lights work. They firstly discussed the correct sequence, then wrote an algorithm for it. After this they wrote their code in Python. Mrs C even cut out surrounds for the lights. Great work guys!

Spring Term session 3


Year 5 space lessons get exciting with Pibrella fun from @cpc_tweet and @GeekGurlDiaries

After showing our Digital Leaders the Geek Gurl Diaries Digital  Garden project video last week we gave them the challenge of creating something different to control using the Pibrella add on we bought from CPC. Then using a motor, wires and some Python code make their design spin when the button was pressed.

Jack and Matthew decided to concentrate on year fives space topic, after all the excitement of Tim Peaks first spacewalk, they built their own solar system out of paper balls and kebab sticks.

Of course this would’nt be Pi Club if it didn’t involve a Raspberry Pi. Jack and Matthew then added a motor to their solar system and connected it to the Pibrella. After this they wrote their code in Python so that when the button was pressed their Solar system spun round. It was trial and error getting the speed right and they had many a time when it flew straight of the motor. 

Some of the other projects included spinning optical illusions, helicopters and even a Landrover. Everybody had great fun playing around with their code, adjusting timings and controls, debugging and challenging each other.

Spring Term 2016 session 2

It’s like finding a Golden Ticket- @all_about_code introduces us to the #PiZero @MagPiTeam.

What would you buy with a spare £4? Yes that’s right it’s not a mistake it says £4. The Release of the Pi Zero allows even more children to access a computer and discover their coding abilities for less than the price of a tub of Haribos! Now that’s just Genius! The Pi Zero is an Ultra small, hack able pocket money price computer that runs Raspbian and all the applications we love like Scratch, Sonic Pi, Minecraft etc. Already there are loads of project ideas popping up all over the place. The MagPi magazine even gave the Pi Zero away on the cover of their December Issue with a bumper project guide inside, the demand was so high that they had to print more copies of the magazine and all stockists of the Pi Zero completely sold out even to this day. We think this alone makes any owner of a Pi Zero feel like they have a Golden Ticket for Willy Wonkers Chocolate Factory. 

We will be looking into some of the Pi Zero projects next term. 

Our Pi enthusiasts were all very kean today to put their skills learn’t in 2015 to the test and embrace 2016 by dabbling in a little Python. Some using the Unicorn Hat and others using Pibrella. 

UNICORNHAT- Noah and William took great pleasure in firstly working out how to control each individual pixel using the x and y axis and RGB. They then worked out how to alter the amount given to the RGB values in order to mix the colours and then managed to code all this in Python. 

PIBRELLA- Jack and Matthew used the Pibrella for the first time today. Firstly they used the Pibrella Cheat Sheet from www.tecoed.co.uk › pibrella then once they felt confident they coded the Pibrella to flash the lights, sound the buzzer whilst printing their name on screen at the touch of the big red button. 


All this in just an hour – imagine what could be achieved in a whole day.

Spring Term 2016 Session 1