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Wondered about the wonders of Pi? Intrigued by Raspberry Jam?

Raspberry Jams are community events organised to support knowledge share, learning new skills, gleaning new ideas and meeting other like-minded digital makers.

They’re an informal and great way to find out more about the Raspberry Pi, what’s possible, and to talk through project plans and aspirations with others.

The first Raspberry Jam in Hull was hosted at Kingswood Academy in November 2014. Since then, Malet Lambert became hosts in April 2016 and the most recent event was held at Central Library on Albion Street.

This city centre location has allowed us to test out a new low power network being installed across Hull, as part of the Connected Hull project, and to launch some additional STEM projects with partners.

More details to follow soon…watch this space.

Details of the next Raspberry Jam event?

Join us in Hull to make, learn, share, tinker and invent together at the next Raspberry Jam on Saturday 22 April 2017.

Everybody’s welcome, with or without your own mini computer, and it’ll be a great way to find out more about the wonders of Raspberry Pi.



                                          Images from the most recent Raspberry Jam on 18th February 2017

Just register on this link and come along 😀



Next Hull Raspberry Jam: Saturday 22nd April

The next Raspberry Jam in Hull is at the Central Library on Saturday 22nd April.

Register for free tickets by clicking on the image below.  You’ll also find more information about Raspberry Jam.

Join us as we share, learn & tinker with digital making projects using Raspberry Pi.


Under 16s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone welcome – with or without a Raspberry Pi.  

Community learning: Digital making programme and Raspberry Jam at Malet Lambert

Saturday 10th September: Another great community learning event when over 80 people registered, and this time planned with more support for a wider array of digital making projects.

We were joined by friends from GPIO and Code Club  who added to the workshop programme and gave more opportunities for hands-on learning, collaborating and networking.

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These events are hosted at Malet Lambert and are open to communities from across Hull and further afield. This latest Raspberry Jam saw digital makers joining us from the city as well as North and West Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and East Riding.

Highlights above from Trevor’s ‘Introduction to GPIO – Hello World in lights’ workshop and creative inventions from the ‘Wearable wonders with Codebug‘ activity below.

Great also to see projects used before the Summer inspiring new challenges away from the Jam, and bringing them back to share with others.

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Look closely and you’ll see some of our younger members helping others to write and download the code onto the device.  We do say we’re all learning together!

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The hackspace gives the chance to work on individual robot projects and we also had a couple working on a flight simulation digital making piece using Scratch on the Pi.

We also shared our ‘Do not feed the bears’ project, demonstrating text to speech and an intro to capacitive touch with Bare Conductive’s PiCap using Python on the Raspberry Pi.

So much more code and tools to explore for next time 🙂

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Hands-on training from Victoria, our regional Code Club coordinator, for volunteers about to launch a club for 9-11 yr olds and an overview for those planning to offer a club.

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And great to see our Jam library expanding and being used 📚


Look out for the date of the next digital making day in Hull.

We’ll share in the next week or two 🙂

Makerfest at The Amy Johnson Festival

Great to be involved with the first Makerfest in Hull, which was part of the Amy Johnson Festival.

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Working in the shadows of Amy’s moth, Jason, was the inspiring backdrop for STEAM activities throughout the day.

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The scribblebot challenge was ‘a low tech with lots of creative possibilities’ activity enjoyed by families and makers regardless of age or experiences with robot builds.

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Art robots were either created by individuals’ ideas or collaborations in small groups which were nurtured for each step of the making process. Intergenerational teams equipped those groups with the different skills needed to complete the build and showcase art.

Or scrapped altogether, inspired by the Amy theme, and turned into aviation flights of creativity instead!

More STEM to STEAM activities came from designing art on screen and seeing final designs painted using the Watercolorbot designed by teenage Sylvia.

Not a typo, but the US spelling for the invention brought to Kickstarter from America and which inspired so many makers of all ages in Hull on Saturday.

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We were also sharing news about the Hull Raspberry Jam community in the city and borrowed their Raspberry Pi photo booth.


More digital making workshops at their next Raspberry Jam meet up on Saturday 10th September. Registration link here for the event hosted at Malet Lambert.

Spycam at the Jam

We’re grateful to Andrew Marvell’s Pi Club students who have now uploaded their time-lapse photography project from the Jam  (with special thanks to Mr Routledge!).

But how did they film without us knowing all of the time?


Here they are on their special mission to install a Pi and a camera on the balcony the previous afternoon.  Notice the time on the clock that they were adamant they had to get the coding right and were in no rush to go home until it was ‘mission accomplished‘.

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With the fixed camera in place, the mobile camera crews tested their devices on the morning of the Jam and tried to stay incognito.

“Think you know what’s in my cup?”

Pi in the Sky for Hull Schools?

Well I haven’t come across a Raspberry Pi in the Sky project in one of our schools, yet, but there’s lots of creativity being planned across the city with these mini-computers.

A small group of our teachers received some training before Christmas to support with using Raspberry Pi to deliver the curriculum and through coding clubs for extended student projects.

The aim of the day was to find out what a Pi was, what it wasn’t, how they could be used for learning and why.   A big ask?

One teacher commented about the ‘Well planned and organised day“, whilst another said it was “An absolute inspirational boost that many people need“.   Have you added CPD to support the new curriculum with Pi into your development plans yet?

Here’s a snapshot of comments from teachers.  You’ll see that technology’s not always the best medium to collate ideas!


Pi 2 Pi 3

There’s another opportunity for CPD at the ‘KS3 Raspberry Jam’ in Hull on 20th March.  Look out for the earlier blog post with more information, and register yourself and 3 students to attend the day at Andrew Marvell Business and Enterprise College.   It’ll be another opportunity to observe Alan O’Donohoe’s inspiring delivery and network with colleagues and STEM Ambassadors across the city about ideas for an engaging Computing curriculum.

Want inspiration for student projects using Pi?

Babbage Bear

The Pi Group from Andrew Marvell will be displaying their projects and activities throughout the day and there’ll be the chance to ask them about their next steps with Pi and Lego. They’ve also kindly agreed to film the day for us, using Raspberry Pi (of course!), which means that a time-lapse video will be available as a resource afterwards.

We’ll be capturing ideas from all of our schools on the day and sharing great examples of innovative projects.

I know that some of you are starting and continuing with clubs and projects this term, so it’ll be another great opportunity to collaborate.  Need some support?  We’ll add it to the CPD plan!

What will you call your Pi Bear at your school?   Will it still be Babbage once the students learn about more Computing legends?  Ada seems like a popular choice at the moment!

Hope to see you at the Jam!