MakerMobile was delighted when VIVO Media Arts asked us if we could help them teach their “Hacking the Home” Camp. This unusual and original week-long day camp for kids aged 13-18 took place at the beginning of August and revolved around the Raspberry Pi single-board computer. Simon of MakerMobile collaborated with the very talented Brady Marks to design a programme of activities and explorations covering simple programming, computer skills, basic electronics and hardware interfacing. Feedback from the camp participants was very positive and everyone had a blast discovering some of the secrets of the hardware and software worlds. Some of the projects that went on display on the final day included:
- An alarm clock that wakes you by physically opening your window blinds
- A system that uses a laser beam to detect your entry into a room and plays music of your choice
- A security system that detects intruders and uses a synthesized voice to communicate with them.
- A skateboard with a remote-control LED lighting system
MakerMobile is now acquiring its own class set of Raspberry Pi and Arduino hardware and, since we will soon be offering a range of open courses, this camp was a great opportunity for us to test some of our teaching ideas. Thanks to everyone at VIVO, especially Megan, for making this event so much fun for everyone!