Using robots in education, Part 1

Yesterday I ran my first lesson that used robots (the same as the ones I sell). The setup was quite simple. As we only had 4 robots and the kids needed to pair up it didn't take any longer to setup as we only had to setup 4 Raspberry Pi…

Why should you learn programming before a degree? Part 2

So in my last blog post I highlighted the flaws in learning programming before a degree. Since then I also got another question wrong for not using scratch as a base and using the logic of PHP, Python, Java, C etc and also found I'm easily stepping out of the…

Why should you learn programming before a degree?

My Answer: You shouldn't And here's my story... I've been interested in computers since I was around 7 years old, my Dad built me my first computer and since then I have just been doing computing as part of my life. I started designing very basic websites using WYSIWYG editors…

Raspberry Pi Club Lesson 3 - Python Turtle

Python Turtle Today we will be programming a Turtle using python. We will start replicating the shapes the same as last week and then continue onto using variables and maths to make it automatically create X sided shapes by changing the value. First open up idle and create a new…

Running a business using FOSS?

This blog post is a bit of an interesting one I have been wanting to write for a while about what software I use in most of my day to day operations. Where possible I use FOSS with one of the main reasons being its free, for example buying PCB…

Raspberry Pi Club Lesson 2 - Scratch Turtle

Scratch Turtle Today we will be programming a Turtle using scratch. Square The first object we are going to create is a square, the simplest and best shape to create. The process is very simple. Copy the following program out to make the square. After save your program into your…

Shipping, who to choose?

One of the biggest problems of running an online shop now is shipping. But who do you choose? What service do you pick? Compensation or not compensation? Here's my write up with a mix of comparison. A & B: I have used two companys so far for shipping. Both with…