Featuring: Raspberry Pi! Micro:Bit! Arduino! Python! Scratch! Flashing Lights! Robots! Digital Art!
Raspberry Jams are an international network of community events helping people to learn coding and digital making skills, and to meet other enthusiasts. They’re based around Raspberry Pi computers, but not limited to just Pis.
We’ve been running Jams at Northumbria since early October 2017, in a completely ad-hoc, casual, laid-back sort of way. Which fits rather well with the technology and how we think it can be used, and also with the style of event we think is family-friendly, accessible to all, and particularly welcoming to newcomers.
At some point we might showcase projects or run booked workshops, but our recent and planned Jams all:
- Work on a drop-in, stay-as-long-as-you-wish basis
- Feature a bunch of Raspberry Pi desktop systems you can use, or bring your own.
- Have a range of worksheets and off-the-shelf activities you can try
- Offer access to our collection of add-ons, extensions and components for you to explore
- Have a scattering of Arduinos, Micro:Bits and other boards if you want to stretch your coding legs with different platforms.
- Bring together a diverse group of people with a range of skills and experience, who can help each other address our respective challenges.
Who can come
Anyone. There are no age limits, though children under 16 must bring an adult with them. We aim to have one or two activities suitable for toddlers from about age 3.
At our previous Jams people brought along projects they were working on, came with specific problems they were looking to solve, came because they love this stuff… or came because they’re curious and looking to get started. All are welcome!
As of early 2018, we’re still scheduling our Jams for Think Lab, in the heart of Northumbria University’s City Campus. Where by ‘in the heart of’ we mean ‘on the third floor, around a few corners, and through some doors which are locked at the weekends.’
Think Lab’s great, but fingers crossed we’ll be able to reveal an exciting new (and somewhat more accessible and visible) venue … soon. Look for massive construction projects on campus and you can probably guess where.