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Digital Making: BIG Skill Day

13 October, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

BIG Home pageWe’re collaborating with BIG, the network for STEM communicators, to deliver a one-day introduction course to digital making. Aimed at informal educators and science communicators, our plan for the day goes as follows:

Don’t know your GPIO from your Yippie-Ki-Yay? Then this Skills Day is for you! You’ll be guided you through some simple programming-the-physical-world exercises, exploring the point where code meets tangible objects. Then we’ll offer some examples of where this sort of work leads,who’s doing it, and why anybody thinks it’s enjoyable, let alone important.

This one-day practical workshop recaps material covered in our short session at the BIG Event 2017, then builds on those ideas. It’s equally suitable as a ‘next step’ for people who attended that session, and for newcomers who missed it.

The day will cover:

  • Basic concepts, via Raspberry Pi and Python
  • Micro:Bit vs Raspberry Pi: FIGHT!
  • Digital glue – data sources, Node Red, and making vs. programming
  • Guided exploration time
  • Pointers for tools and approaches which become useful later

Full details and booking are available through the BIG website. Please note that this is a charged course – though the rate is modest! – and that booking is essential. If you’re interested in something similar but this isn’t quite right for you, do get in touch.


13 October, 2017
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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