Raspberry Jam event in Ipswich

A previous Raspberry Jam event

A previous Raspberry Jam event - Credit: Archant

Explore the world of coding at the Waterfront Raspberry Pi event

Raspberry Pi computer

Raspberry Pi computer - Credit: Archant

Another Raspberry Jam event is taking place at the University of Suffolk, on Saturday May 6, from 10am to 5pm.

It is open to the public and not just for students at the university.”

Raspberry Jams are events organised by the community to share knowledge, learn new things, and meet other Raspberry Pi enthusiasts. They’re a great way to find out more about the Raspberry Pi and what you can do with it, and to find like-minded people, say the organisers.

Andy Proctor, Raspberry Pi enthusiast said:“I started the interest and organisation of the first Raspberry Jam in Ipswich a few years back and the support of the Ipswich Maker Space has been a great partnership and it’s been a relationship that has ensured the Raspberry Jam will be staying in Ipswich for a long time. The Maker Space has the same focus, getting tech’ minded people meeting up and collaborating, building and developing projects and making things happen and the Jam has been a great success and something we all enjoy putting on.

A previous Raspberry Pi event in Ipswich

A previous Raspberry Pi event in Ipswich - Credit: Archant


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What is a Raspberry Pi?

The Raspberry Pi computer has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. We want to see the Raspberry Pi being used by kids all over the world to learn to program and understand how computers work.

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Vincent Willcox, Maker Space member said:“I had been seeking out information and support to run a Jam for around six months, then Andy came to Ipswich Makerspace saying he was planning one here in Ipswich. Some of my fellow makers and I had a large involvement in the first Jam, so we are really excited that the fourth is coming back UoS Waterfront Building again.

Steve Chalkley of Ipswich Maker Space added: “With a larger capacity and space for our live demonstrations and market place to buy your own Raspberry Pi and equipment, the Waterfront building is perfect for our fourth Raspberry Jam. We hope that the event generates interest in the Maker Space in our new decicated home in Dove St Ipswich”

Carol Gant, from the university said: “Atrium Studios at the University of Suffolk is delighted to work in collaboration with Maker Space to host the third Raspberry Jam at UoS. This is an event which brings coding into life; it is open to all ages and levels, from budding makers to complete novices with ingenious ideas. Listening to the team’s enthusiasm to support young people as they develop their ideas is contagious and I’m looking forward to bring my daughter to the event to introduce her to creative coding.”

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

The day starts with an introduction of what a Raspberry Pi is,with a 30 minute live demonstration in the lecture theatre of how to connect and fire up the Raspberry Pi and get it doing simple tasks. Steve Chalkely will then talk about Maker Space, Andy Proctor about simple programming, The Robot that Taught Me to Code, making Scalextric even more fun with the Raspberry Pi, time Lapse Photography with the Raspberry Pi and PiWars 2017 – How to build a prize winning robot spread throughout the day.

Various workshops and presentations are listed on the website for the rest of the day including project talks and demonstrations going on throughout the space.

Social Media Links

https://twitter.com/ipsraspberryjam

https://www.facebook.com/raspberryjamIpswich

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