Incredible Edible

Coming up rapidly now is the annual Maindee Festival in Newport. Over the last couple of months I have been attending group discussions around the setting up of a Makerspace in Maindee, and we are now looking to the festival to be our first public facing announcement of it being a thing.

The festival is themed “The Incredible Edible” so we have been brainstorming around some garden hacking ideas like my recent IoT project. I’m running a free hacking workshop for children and families with some other volunteers based around the BBC Micro:Bit, utilising soil moisture sensors and buzzers.

If you are interested in attending, the workshop is drop in and everything is provided. The festival takes place on Saturday the 7th of July, there will be other Makerspace activities, music and more, more information about the festival can be found here.

I hope to see you there, drop in and say hi! MicroBit Bundle

Conductive Rubber Band Game Controller

Now come on, this is too damn cool: an experimental physics video game controlled by a conductive rubber cord from Adafruit – absolutely need one of these for modular synth expression control – maybe it’s a good opportunity to get stuck into some DAC programming!

If like me you are in the UK, a quick search shows that Cool Components stocks these as well, stay tuned for some elasticated wrongness music 🙂

Sam Aaron: Teaching Computer Science with Music


This video is a couple of years old, but I came across it today as I have been reading up on Sonic Pi – my immediate reaction to Sonic Pi was “what a brilliant way to teach about coding”. In the presentation, Sam Aaron discusses his motives behind developing Sonic Pi and experiences in using it as a teaching tool. Take some time to check it out as it is an engaging and inspiring talk: