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Student-led Pi Club and Computing & Science challenges at Kingswood Academy

Some exciting and innovate projects have begun at Kingswood Academy where students are leading with the use of technology to create peer to peer learning opportunities.

And it’s another example of extending Computing opportunities for all – we’ve got that door analogy again 🙂

A group of Year 10 students have been working with projects across the curriculum and through enrichment activities with their achievements in STEM being recognised through the CREST awards programme.

An after school Raspberry Pi club is supported by a teacher but is planned, organised and delivered by students for students.  The students and their teacher recently came along to the KS3 Jam when they used their time to network and share project ideas with peers across the city.

At the weekly Pi Club they explore and discuss ideas and possibilities, research solutions and then complete tasks together. When extra resources are required they develop requests for funding which they present to the supporting teacher.

They’ll tell you the full story themselves here; particularly about how it’s impacted on learning:

Kingswood Pi Club from Ed Team on Vimeo.

How do you engage and inspire peers using Python? You demonstrate ‘While Loops’ and bring Beatlemania to Hull, of course!   Why didn’t I think of that?

Pi Club

And what about their teacher’s perspective?

Pi Club – A Teacher’s Perspective from Ed Team on Vimeo.

Leading the Pi Club has also led to involvement with another peer learning project.  In Science two Year 10 students have also used Makey Makey devices to design and deliver an investigation into conduction and resistance for Year 7 students.

They’ve videoed parts of the lesson using iPads and produced an edited version to record and share the learning session.

The students initially explored the Makey Makeys themselves to discover their potential. They quickly realised that the devices could inspire others to explore how hardware is used to create input devices which interface with computers.  They found out, for example, how to create sounds by connecting people to the Makey Makey and then linking this to a simple online synthesizer.

Following this independent exploration the students planned a lesson to enable Year 7s to investigate the Makey Makeys themselves. They produced and delivered a PowerPoint presentation  to emphasise the learning objectives and success criteria for the session.

The initial input was followed by hands on exploration and investigation as students tested a range of materials with the Makey Makey and produced input devices of their own. The Year 10s supported the students as they worked, aiming to answer questions with questions; for example asking the Year 7s to predict which materials would respond and why.

In the final plenary the Year 7s were encouraged by their older peers to explain what they had discovered and to suggest next steps and other ways to use the Makey Makey.

As part of the Year 10s own reflection on the session, they used iMovie on the iPads to produce this short summary video recording some of the key aspects of this project from their point of view.

KWA Makey Makey Project Kingswood from Ed Team on Vimeo.



Kingswood Pi Club from Hull Ed Team on Vimeo.

STEM Competition for Students – Projects using Raspberry Pi mini-computers

Have you heard about the student from Cambridge who’s enthusiasm for Computing and Raspberry Pi has led him to create help guides and videos through his own website and YouTube channel?

Raspberry Pi Guy

Raspberry Pi Guy‘ is in fact a 14 year old student called Matthew who’s latest video celebrating the Pi’s second birthday has just ‘gone viral’.  Since uploading 6 days ago it’s been viewed over 27,000 times (and now probably more!).  Click on the image above to see Matthew’s website and click here to view this latest video.

We’re looking for students in Hull, like Matthew, who can show how they’ve worked individually or in small groups to use code with Raspberry Pi.   We want to showcase and celebrate creativity, innovation and imagination through computer science.

Have you got a Coding Club or a Pi Club already in school with projects ready to submit?

Would you like support and guidance to set up a Computing Club?  Let us know and we’ll add it to the CPD plan.

We’re proud to be sponsoring the Raspberry Pi Competition which forms part of HETA’s BIG BANG SCIENCE FAIR.   More information is on this link, which describes activities locally and how the event culminates in June with the opportunity for over 2,500 students from across the Yorkshire and Humber region to visit an interactive exhibition that aims to engage young people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects.

Deadline for Raspberry Pi projects is the week before half term at the end of May.   Details of projects will need to be submitted to Niki Bardsley at HETA using niki@heta.co.uk .

The competition is open to all schools in Yorkshire and Humber.

In the meantime, we’ll be asking you about ongoing Raspberry Pi projects in school and how you’ll be joining in with the KS3 Jam at Andrew Marvell in March!

Animation 14 – The 7th Annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition

Animation 14

Have you put your school on the Animation 14 map yet?


Individual students or small groups can create and submit an original key-frame computer animation, up to one minute in length, using eligible software.  That could be Alice, Flash, Scratch, Blender, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Maya, or Serif DrawPlus.

Prizes are awarded by age category (KS2, KS3, KS4 and KS5) and winners will be presented with their prizes at the Summer Animation Festival and Inspirational Computer Science Day, held at The University of Manchester.

For further details, registration information, resources and FAQ check out the Animation 14 website.

Deadline for entries is Friday 28th March 2014.

Good luck!