Coder Dojo

Posted on May 12, 2014 |

I had my first experience of coder dojo on Sunday, I attended Coder Dojo Manchester as a mentor to help the children who attend this free volunteer led coding club. This month was the start of the Rube Goldberg project where for the next 3 months we will be attempting to make the worlds biggest Rube Goldberg machine incorporating Raspberry Pi’s. Arduino’s, Minecraft, Python and all kinds of physical objects.

This month was apparently one of their most successful with over 180 attendees, which made even the large campus hall at The Sharp Project look busy so its no surprise there is a waiting list for attendees.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be working on various ways to get the Rube Goldberg machine working in multiple locations, the idea being that an event at the sharp project can trigger something in my office in oldham, then return to the sharp project, all while viewed on webcam.  This will mean that the Rube Goldberg machine covers a distance of 3 miles, not a bad start.

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Andy Powell is a website specialist with 20 years experience, he is also the founder of Hack Oldham, a non profit co-working and maker space, a digital trainer and a maker of things.

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