Bodgers – Basic Electronics

Hello again Everyone.

I was away this weekend so Dave looked after the group.

He covered some basic electronics theory such as Ohms Law, how we use resistors in our circuits to protect other components and how to wire up an LED. He also helped the group build a simple traffic light circuit controlled by an Arduino which they then programmed.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation have announced that they are not running the Pioneers Challenge this year and are instead concentrating on the Coolest Projects. This means that Coolest Projects is now open to Code Club and Raspberry Jam members. There will be a UK Coolest Projects in April in London and Coolest Projects in Dublin will now be called Coolest Projects International. See more info here.

We have two sessions before the mid-term break so we will concentrate on coming up with ideas for our next projects and how we might implement these ideas and that will leave us a couple of weeks to get components etc. organized.

See you all next week.

Declan, Dave and Alaidh.

 

PiDojo-Project Ideas

In the Raspberry Pi group we had planned on everybody building some small projects together before the Christmas break and then moving on to bigger individual projects after Christmas. Unfortunately we’re a little behind on our small projects due to the taster sessions in the beginning of the year and the fact we didn’t have a proper session in December but we’ll catch these up in the next couple of weeks.

However as the difference between a good project and a really great project is sometimes the idea behind it I decided to spend most of this week’s session looking at ideas for our projects. I asked the Ninjas to ask themselves the following questions if they were stuck for ideas.

  • What do I like to do?
  • What/Who do I care about?
  • Is there something I’ve always wanted?
  • What’s going on? (In the news, in my community etc.)

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As you can see from the picture we had loads of ideas to start with and I’m sure we will come up with many more before we finally have to start working on our project.

We also discussed the Coolest Projects Competition but as we’re planning on sharing information with the whole Dojo soon I won’t say much about it for now but here’s a picture from last year’s competition.coolest pic1

 

CoderDojo Athenry at Coolest Projects 2015

Congratulations to everybody from CoderDojo Athenry who participated in the CoderDojo Coolest Projects event on 13 June 2015. It was a very impressive event, held in the RDS Dublin, with over 500 projects from CoderDojo ninjas from Ireland and worldwide.

Here are photos of the participants from CoderDojo Athenry.

Games Category:

James from the Minecraft Modders group with his technically impressive XyZ Mod with World Gen and Gauntlets:

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Eoin from the Minecraft Modders group who entered the detailed and very well structured Global Cuisine mod:

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Ruaidhrí and Luke from the Minecraft Modders group who entered the Weapons, Armour and Money mod:

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Hardware Category:

Michael and Mikey from the CoderDojo Athenry PiDojo who entered their clever and topical Shower Evaluator project that times your shower and displays the amount of water used, cost of water, and cost of energy:

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Alaidh from the PiDojo group who entered the very innovative Sensor Guide for the visually impaired, which was impressively backed up with scientific evaluation:

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Scratch Over 10s:

Emily and Chloe from the Scratch Advanced group had a Scratch program with great environmental potential, Cúisneor, that helps to reduce food waste:

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Scratch Under 10s:

Rachel from the Scratch Beginners/Intermediate Group was our youngest entrant from CoderDojo Athenry, aged 8, and had a fantastic Scratch app for helping young children to learn the letters of the alphabet:

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Well done to everybody who entered!

We should also mention that three projects won prizes:

  • Ruaidhrí and Luke won a prize for best use of Microsoft technologies (Microsoft owns Minecraft, of course)
  • Alaidh won a prize for being a finalist in the Hardware category
  • Mikey and Michael also won a prize for being a finalist in the Hardware category.