Free Workshop for Secondary Teachers: Introduction to BBC micro:bit

Interested in getting hands experiences on with the BBC micro:bit, due to land in the hands of every Year 8 student in the summer term? Now’s your chance!

Farset Labs will be running a free, hands on “Getting started with the BBC micro:bit” Computing at Schools Northern Ireland Hub workshop on the 10th March 2016 from 6:30pm-9:00pm at Farset Labs.
We will hope to cover
– What is the micro:bit?
– Getting started and making your first programs
– Brief overview of the different programming environments available
– More in depth look at Python on the micro:bit
– Ideas for use in the classroom

We will have a few computers available at Farset, but if possible, please bring your own laptop.

If you have any queries or questions, feel free to drop myself (Andrew Mulholland, Outreach Manager @ Farset Labs) an email at andrew.mulholland@farsetlabs.org.uk

This event is supported by the Python Software Foundation, Farset Labs and Computing at Schools NI.

FAQ

Do I need to have any previous programming experience?
Nope! We are targeting the workshop at those will little or no programming experience.

I am not a secondary school level teacher (am a primary school teacher, higher education academic or from industry), can I come down and take part?
Unfortunately we expect high demand for this workshop so have to prioritise secondary teachers for now. If we still have space closer to the workshop, we would still love to see you there though. Put your name down for the waiting list for the “Other” ticket type and we will be in contact closer to the date.

If there is sufficient demand, we well look into launching follow-on events for a wider audience.

Do I need to provide my own BBC micro:bit?
Nope! We have been kindly been provided a set by the Python Software Foundation.

Is there anything then I need to bring?
If you have a laptop running Windows, Mac OS or Linux, then it would be great if you could bring it. Although we have some computers available, it is better to learn and practice on familiar equipment.

Is there free parking available nearby?
Yip! Weavers Court Business estate (which Farset Labs is located within) has ample onsite free parking.

Eventbrite - Introduction to BBC micro:bit

#BBCMakeItDigital Connected Home Roadshow

We’re partnering with @BBCNIreland to deliver a Connected Home Roadshow as part of @NISciFest!

What is it?

If you like the thought of controlling your lights from the comfort of your armchair, a coffee pot that tells you how much is left or plants that water themselves, then don’t miss BBC Make It Digital’s Connected Home Roadshow as part of the NI Science Festival 2016.

I've been having far too much fun with this project!
I’ve been having far too much fun with this project!

We’ve been busy in the workshop building and testing the gadgets to show you how they could make a difference in your own home right now!

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There’s also a chance to get a first hands-on look at the BBC micro:bit, a pocket-sized codeable computer that’ll be given to every Year 7 pupil or equivalent across the UK. Come and see what it can do!

The event is free but find out more information here: http://bbc.in/1L0CxE3

Locations

Artists mockup of the exhibition workshop van
Artists mockup of the exhibition workshop van

Outside Belfast City Hall

  • Thursday 18th February, 3-9pm
  • Friday 19th February, 10am-7pm

The ARC, Titanic Quarter

(between W5 & Titanic Belfast)

  • Saturday 20th February, 10am-6pm

Links/Details

CoderDojo Back for Autumn 2015 Term

This Friday (2nd) at 17:30, the Dojo is back.

Info for Kids/Parents

CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running not-for-profit coding clubs and regular sessions for young people.

At CoderDojo, young people learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more.  In addition to learning to code, members meet like minded people, show off what they’ve been working on and as well as developing key critical thinking and problem solving skills. It’s also a lot of fun!

We’ve also pre-booked between now and Christmas, at which point we’ll be taking a small break and will be relaunching in January. Those dates are:

Info for Mentors

Thanks to our recent “mentor drive”, we’ve got lots of new volunteers to help out with running this great programme. (There’s always room for more!)

As part of this new wave of mentors, we’re hosting an induction session this Wednesday between 17:30 and 19:30, sneaking in before the Google Developer Group Meetup (although we can break out into the workshop if discussion continues).

Don’t worry if you’re running late / can’t make it, but it’d be helpful if you could let outreach@farsetlabs.org.uk know if you’re no longer interested and we’ll take you off the mailing list.

This discussion will include:

  • Introductions / Networking (“Hi, I’m $NAME, ask me about $SKILLS, don’t ask me about $FEARS”)
  • Child Protection Policies / Emergency procedures
  • Worksheet / Equipment / Resource overviews
  • Communication preferences
  • Open forum for “cool things we should do”

Farset Outreach 2015/16 – Call for mentors

TL;DR Want to support outreach and education activities at Farset Labs, or just get voluntary sector experience? Sign Up Here!

After a long summer hiatus, CoderDojo is relaunching at Farset Labs, under old management on Friday the 2nd of October from 17:30 to 19:30. We’re also unveiling separate FarsetDojo Twitter and Facebook pages where we’ll be sharing what goes on, so give them a Follow and a Like to keep up to date with the latest Dojo happenings.

Eventbrite - Farset Labs CoderDojo

But this post isn’t (just) about that. Farset Labs was built around the idea of exploration and giving back to the wider community, presenting opportunities that people wouldn’t necessarily get a chance to.

Over the past three and a half years, we’ve helped so many people, young and not so young, engage with technology in a much more human way, and we do that on the strength of our mentors.

And basically, we need you!

So, if you’re interested in helping out with CoderDojo, Raspberry Jam, or just want to put your name down on the “call out” list for our outreach events, please take two minutes and fill in the form below. Your contact information will be private and you will only be contacted for relevant outreach activities.

Also you don’t have to be a Farset Labs Member to be a Mentor (but it always helps!), and if you’ve got any questions about Farset’s outreach programmes, give us a shout on outreach@farsetlabs.org.uk