Sunday, 30 November 2014

Everybody Freeze it's Anna and Elsa!

Elsa and Anna joined the staff at Startpoint Coffee shop bringing Disney magic and sparkle to the Christmas light switch on at Woodley this weekend. 

We made dashing Sven's and dancing Anna and Elsa's using a vibrating motor, a paper cup, a coin cell, and some craft materials. 

No time to come to an event then download one of our activity sheets and do it yourself at home. See our latest activities.

More Maker Fun with Olaf. What is your funniest Frozen joke? Mine is about Olaf. Here comes Olaf. 

Q. What is Olaf's favourite food?

A. Frozen carrots

No! Click on Olaf to find out. 

Now try it for yourself! Click on the 'remix' button and make your own 'meme' using Mozilla Webmaker. Here a meme is a picture and some text that can be copied and changed by others and shared again. 

Mozzilla Thimble will open and the tutorial will guide you through how to make your meme! 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Stockport CoderDojo - November

Warning Contains Spoilers!

Thanks to Eddie, Ellen and James Stockport CoderDojo has got their very own Christmas e-card. It's amazing what you can do with a Raspberry Pi and lots of great ideas!

We converted our table top animation rig into a top down rig with a painted background. Just add imagination!

Now try this yourself at home.

You will need:

1 x Raspberry Pi
1 x Pi camera
1 x bread board 
1 x push button switch
2 male to female jumper leds

Miss Philbin from Geek Gurl Diaries shows you how to get started with your Pi camera.

For written step-by-step instructions on how to write a simple python program to turn you Pi-Camera into push button camera, to take  your first self and then set up your own stop motion then check out these resources from the Pi Foundation

Monday, 15 September 2014

Space Pi and Life on Mars

What would it be like to live on Mars? We took a light hearted look at what life might be like  on Mars in 2025.

We added biospheres for living and growing crops and a swimming pool to relax. We captured life on our planet using a Raspberry Pi and a pi cam that we put together as a stop motion studio.   

Space Pi at Manchester CoderDojo 

By the end of the session we had our own satellite dish engineered from a LittleBits Space Kit. Ready to broadcast those first reports and give the people left on Earth a unique insight to life on Mars in 2025.    

What will the journey from Earth to Mars 
be like for those first astronauts? Here is 
a short clip from the film 'Roving Mars' 
that follows the journey of the Mars Explorer Rover Spirit from launch to landing on Mars. Much of the footage is computer generated 
but based on photos and data from other 
Mars rovers and probes. 

Would you leave Earth to go and live on another planet? 

Why is CoderDojo Amazing and Awesome?

Every time I go to a CoderDojo I have this moment where I look around during the session and glimpse the future. 

Today the kids and young people at Manchester CoderDojo were building a ghost train in Minecraft, creating space animations with a Raspberry Pi, learning Python, exploring Scratch & creating role playing games in Javascript.

Take a 30 second tour and see for yourself.

Why is it amazing and awesome?

Within the next decade I think some of the most important inventions and technological  advances will come from kids who went to CoderDojo on a regular basis. It might be ground breaking nano-tech or a biotech cure for the incurable, or more likely stuff that I can't even imagine yet. But as I looked around Manchester CoderDojo today I had that feeling that great things start like this. That is with a bunch of kids from 6 to 17 who think coding and being creative with technology is a fun, cool thing to do with your friends on a Sunday afternoon. 

New to CoderDojo? 

CoderDojo is not-for-profit global movement that is led by volunteers. Manchester CoderDojo supports young people learning to code and make things at free monthly sessions.

Where do they happen?

If you are reading this and live in the North West there is probably a regular CoderDojo running near you.

Whether you are participating as a kid or a volunteer or a parent I challenge you to look around at your next CoderDojo and tell me what you see!   

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Animation Workshop at Eureka!

Eureka is an amazing place for young curious minds. We were so pleased to be asked to help deliver activities as part of their 'Made by Me' season. 

In the latest Eureka blockbuster two snakes fall in love, Elsa gets her own back a throws snow balls at Olaf and two ducks dance the day away. Here are the results, animations made by you on the 23rd of August at Eureka! 

Many thanks to the staff and visitors who welcomed us and supported the workshops.

If you are new to making save the date and go to Halifax Mini Maker Faire on Saturday 30th August. It’ll be a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and imagination, celebrating the Maker in all of us.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Maker Faire Manchester, Stop Motion - Saturday and Sunday Films

Here is Part 1 of our amazing animated short created at Manchester Mini Maker Faire this Saturday. Thank you to all of our stop motion artists who created crazy characters to tell even crazier stories. Rabbit outwits the skinny fox, Pac-man makes a return and much more!

Want more? See Part 2 our Sunday Film. Sven saved Elsa from a burning building but Snowman was blasted by a Creeper.  

These animations were created with plasticine, using A Raspberry Pi computer and lots of imagination! 

We used a bread board and buttons connected to the GPIO pins on the Pi instead of relying on a GUI interface.

We made tweaks late into the night a head of the show.   

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Manchester Mini Maker Faire

Wow, we had a fantastic time at Manchester Mini Maker Faire. The whole family came to deliver our 2 second animation challenge! kids created their own characters from plasticine and brought those stories to life using stop motion animation. We were able to show and tell lots of families about our latest Raspberry Pi project. 

We captured an amazing 40 animations over two days. With an average of just two seconds per animation we are 'chaining' those animations together to create two short films for each day at the faire. Congratulations makers you created awesome animations. Check back tomorrow when we will publish the films!