Fourth Milton Keynes Jam


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by PeterO » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:20 pm
Jam No. 4 at the National Museum of Computing will be held on 25th November. 10:00 - 12:30.

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4762447609

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by freyja » Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:20 pm
Hi There!

I have a quick question, and it may have a very simple answer! Not knowing a lot about computers, I was just having a look through the Raspberry Pi site, and I wondered – Is there any way in which anyone here could provide a workshop for young people around Raspberry Pi?

For a bit of context – I work for NAGC, a national children’s charity working with children with high learning potential and their families (we are situated in Challenge House, next to Bletchley Park actually!). Amongst other things, we run three flagship events, one of which is called the BIG Family Weekend. We get together children aged between 0-16 years and run workshops over a whole weekend for them (in age groups 0-3, 4-6,7-9, 10-12 and 13+), as well as running parent support workshops at the same time.

Having had a look at the website and the concept of Raspberry Pi, I was fascinated, and wondered whether there was any way that some kind of workshop/activity could be run with the young people? Or if there is anyone who would like to do it? We have a BIG Family Weekend coming up in Bedford on the 16th and 17th of February (at Bedford School), so I was just enquiring if anything like this is at all possible/appropriate? I happen to know we have at least a few children who have Raspberry Pi's of their own, and lots of children and young people who really enjoy computers etc.

The children aged 10-12 have two-hour workshops, and the 13+ have a whole day workshop, with a lunch break. Obviously being a charity, with no funding from the government, we need to keep our cost as low as possible to ensure as many families as possible can afford to come, so anyone who would like to come and help us out on a voluntary basis would be amazing, but we do also have some very limited funds.

If you could let me know if you feel this would be at all appropriate, or you can suggest anything similar, or even have any other good ideas, please do let me know. This is the first event BIG Family Weekend I have been put in charge of, so I really would like to make it amazing, with some really unique experiences for the children!

Let me know - Freyja :)
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by PeterO » Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:02 pm
I've passed your post on to the Learning Coordinator at TNMOC. I'll let you know his reply when I get it.
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by freyja » Thu Nov 08, 2012 9:44 am
PeterO wrote:I've passed your post on to the Learning Coordinator at TNMOC. I'll let you know his reply when I get it.
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Thank you very much! :)
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by winkleink » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:27 am
@freyja

Check out STEMNET (http://www.stemnet.org.uk) and CodeClub (http://www.codeclub.org.uk/). Both are focused on teaching kids about computing so perfect for your age group.
CodeClub has a programming curriculum based on Scratch while STEMNET is interested in all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Both STEMNET and Codeclub are set up to connect people like yourself with volunteers who ran run sessions or courses.
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by freyja » Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:45 am
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Thanks very much for this information - I will definitely get in contact with them :)
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by winkleink » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:39 am
Less than a week to go. Really looking forward to the 4th Milton Keynes Jam on the 25th.
Really enjoyed it the last time.
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by smstext » Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:33 pm
im looking forward to meeting everyone, looking for ideas for projects and possibly help with current ideas.
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by Burngate » Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:53 pm
Enjoyed the last one so I'll be there.
Gonna bring my Pi with RIS OS on it!
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by alexeames » Fri Nov 23, 2012 9:56 pm
Me too, bringing my son and a new demo. :D

Be nice to see RISC OS - (and meet you Burngate) not had a chance to play with that yet.
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by smstext » Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:39 pm
Great event today, many thanks :) has given me some great ideas to work on.
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by PeterO » Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:37 am
Glad you enjoyed it. Sorry I wasn't able to make it myself (due to car getting a puncture abut 100m after I set off....)
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