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CAS cheat sheet

SandBox online arduino tool: sand box online arduino emulator   Neo Pixel example Neo Pixel Library from git hub. Click on the download zip button on the right. #include <Adafruit_NeoPixel.h> #define PIN            6 #define NUMPIXELS      12 Adafruit_NeoPixel pixels = Adafruit_NeoPixel(NUMPIXELS, PIN, NEO_GRB + NEO_KHZ800); int … Continue reading

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Seven Thoughts on Teaching (programming)

Its not a huge surprise I haven’t written anything here since my change of direction to become software developer. A friend from primary school contacted me recently as he was about to start a code club. He had gleaned form my … Continue reading

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Code a Kilt for you…..

It was a year ago pretty much to the day that I put together Code a Kilt as workshop for the inaugural Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. After delivery at a range of events and various tweaking its now ready to … Continue reading

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Aye Make, therefore I am…

[1] This is essentially the main argument of the talk, we are immersed in tech and should give everyone the best possible chance of engaging and learning about it. Its not about making every one programmer it is rather ensuring … Continue reading

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One Day Digital: teachers

This weekend I was in the lovely Edinburgh informatics building off george square. Working with teachers interested in digital making. The event was conceived and brought together by Nesta Scotland and brought together a ensemble of digital makers. There was 3D … Continue reading

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You reap what you sow

I often open talks to the public with “computing under pins everything we do”. A touch melodramatic but hey when you focus on a typical day, most of us interact with computers. Some times directly such as phones, laptops and … Continue reading

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Hack n Chat dundee 2013 #mozparty

Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) is a major cultural hub in the Dundee city centre, which makes it the perfect place for artists, biologists and computer scientist to congregate, share their experiences and make things together. So that’s just what we … Continue reading

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What is a hack and why the chat?

[event flyer] To hack is an ambiguous computing term. Back in the day it referred to gaining unlawful access to someones computer system (now regarded as cracking). In education terms it refers to a novice programmer changing stuff almost at … Continue reading

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Student-led assessment in computing: encouraging reflective practice

(not terribly short or dishevelled this time) Assessment of computer programming tends to be based upon product rather than process: a student’s competence in programming is commonly measured via the final code produced. However it is also important to encourage … Continue reading

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Q: How do you code a kilt?

The inaugural Edinburgh mini maker faire  was one of the most diverse collections of making I have seen; badge making, arduino hacking, soap making, laser cutting, lino printing and 3D printing. (which in my opinion no need for the mini pre … Continue reading

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