Coding

Here are the short films of the Coding Project. The project has run for 1 day a week over 5 weeks and now the children will start visiting other schools to share their knowledge and expertise.

The school intends to repeat the project again in the new year with the eventual aim of being able to run the projects themselves! The school would like to thank(once again) the 2 Marc’s, both McKiernan and Newport for their expertise, patience and assistance during the project. The films are excellent. We especially like the first film which really showcases the learning involved. Watch out for Tanhar’s magic moment!

Mr Shepherd

On Friday the Benton Park Live Coding Orchestra had their first performance. Everyone did a great job. There were visuals created using Scratch, a programming tool from MIT Ed in Boston, and music made using Sonic Pi, a program written by Sam in Cambridge. A Couple of weeks ago Mark Newport and I went down to Cambridge and met Sam and his boss at a conference to launch the new Sonic Pi 2, which allows live coding. That is, creating the code at the same time as the music is coming out of the speakers. Is the Raspberry Pi a musical instrument? Pretty much so.

Several performers had technical problems (there were hundreds of connections in the set up) but everyone stayed calm and quietly tried to fix whatever their particular problem was – Well done.

Right from the start of the project everyone has been very good at problem solving practically: a wire; a socket; a crash; and horrid note or a wrong colour. It’s been great fun so far for Mark and Marc.

I thought the overall impact was terrific – very spacy, and that the sounds and music had moments when they really worked together well. This was the first performance, and we’ll all get better at making the whole event work so that everything is making a difference all the time. We can also start to put in some sounds we record ourselves (as soon as Mark or I figure out which directory to put them in)

The next step is to take a simplified set up to other schools and do performances followed by training other children and teachers how to enter the world of the Raspberry Pi computer.

We have a job to do next week, which is sorting out the boxes which are probably rather full of the wrong wires and other bits and pieces. Also there is a Raspberry Pi camera to fix up, which will give us some other options for visuals during performances.

Marc