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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

A Sincere Thank You

Today was the last taught session of the Creative Computing Club pilot scheme we will meet again in two weeks for the exhibition. I just want to say this before the blog goes live to the general public, and that is thank you. Thank you O'Reilly, Rapid Electronics, YoYo Games, Love Electronics and Young Rewired State. Thank you to all of these wonderful people who helped fund the project, and thank you to and your excellent service. Thank you to all the Twitterers who tweeted their support. Thank you to Theo Clarke all the library staff at Chantry Library and to Anna Shaw and the staff at the Hawthorn's Children Centre. Thank you to all the participants and parents who took part.

We are going live with the blog now, as there was a mix up with the Bank Holiday / Queens Jubilee dates and we want people to know now. Additionally, I will be meeting hundreds of people over the coming weeks (teachers /parents/students/government) and we all agreed it would be best to let them know what we have been up to by sharing what we have done and exactly how we have done it through the resources that can be found here.

Thank you everyone for your time and support.

I hope you enjoy what you see.

Matthew C. Applegate / Pixelh8
@pixelh8 on Twitter

Creative Computing Club: Week 6 Circuit Bending & Sound

It is just the nature of circuit bending that sometimes you can get amazing results and sometimes you do not, and despite a lot of the toys that we brought in weren't very "circuit-bendable" due to their layout, we did some pretty cool stuff.  We still got on and learned things about sound and and how to automate toys through using the Arduino, we got a rather annoying "edutainment" toy to stutter and change pitch. We edited white noise from a circuit bent toy to come up with a bass and snare drum for a simple drum loop using Audacity and Sony Acid

Circuit Bending is very exploratory (that is why there are no resources to download for the session). It was a simple case of opening up the toys and poking different places with the ends of crocodile clips, while recording it all just in case something interesting happens (and sometimes only happens once), we have a good recording of it.

We now have two weeks off to plan our exhibition pieces for July 10th, 2012. It is an open to the public event where we will be discussing what we did and what we hope to do when we return for the full year Creative Computing Club course in September.

From September we will be going a lot more in depth with our projects, spending four weeks on a subject instead of one off sessions. We will be looking at Arduino, Processing, Game Maker, Minecraft EDU, Scratch, LEGO Mindstorms, .net Gadgeteer, HTML/Javascript and App Inventor, Sound, Animation and more, maybe we will see you there?

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Creative Computing Club: Week 5 LEGO Mindstorms

Really impressed by the students today during the LEGO® Mindstorms® session, they took to it really quickly and were really confident in doing so. I had planned to teach them three examples, but only ended up teaching them two, I let them explore the Mindstorms kit and then provided them with a challenge to work out on their own, both teams successfully solved the challenge and had fun doing so. We got the kit to walk, detect colours, distance, play sounds and a combination of these.

You can download all the resources from this and the other sessions from here, you'll need the standard LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit for the examples using the "Alpha Rex" robot.

We also had quite a bit of good news this week, one student has been accepted on to a Degree and one has been nominated for Best Young Scientist award, so well done to both of them, very proud of of them.
Finally we talked about what we hoped to achieve in the year long program starting in September, hopefully adding .net Gadgeteer, Minecraft EDU, HTML/Javascript and App Inventor to the existing Processing, Game Maker, Arduino, LEGO Mindstorms, animation and sound modules.

I am going to set up Creative Computing Club as a Community Interest Company and that way we can get more funding to get more equipment and to do bigger projects in the year long curriculum.

Today was excellent, so I want to do more of the same.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Bonus: Scratch Introduction

Scratch Project Although we won't be covering Scratch in the 8 week pilot program, I thought I would do a short introduction to it as some of you might find it interesting. I have a made a simple JetPack style game the tutorial, graphics and sound are available from the resources page here and the full game is available from the Scratch website here.