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Ada Lovelace Day with KS3 students in Hull

This week's workshop was an Ada Lovelace Day, with a focus on collecting data to support peers and inspire and challenge 30 students joining us from two schools across Hull.

Computing teachers from Sirius Academies North and West planned with us to launch a range of computing and data activities for the girls to solve and build throughout the event.

They also wanted to extend opportunities to explore careers and further insights into STEM fields.

Group of 3 students working around the table to complete their sewing and add the wearable tech device into their textiles piece

The Pioneers Outdoor Challenge from the Raspberry Pi Foundation was received positively by the groups and teams were encouraged to document their projects with video diaries and submit their ideas and inventions.

One project using a sunglasses case as the container to keep the Codebug, power supply and UV sensor together and share data through an LED ring

Inventions centred around temperature, humidity, air pressure and UV data sets collected, with wide-ranging applications to support peers.

Some involved alerting friends to high temperatures at the beach, heat concerns with pets, phones and siblings in cars (that wasn't the prioritised order!), or UV levels and suggesting ideas to stay sun safe.

Others were based on supporting medical needs, with one project in particular using temperature data to assist a family member with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Pano image showing different groups of students working in teams to sew and create code for their wearables projects

Great to see so much positive collaboration and problem solving throughout the event, with outcomes to make such a positive difference in their own communities.

Example project using a strip of LEDs to show data collected for UV levels attached to a bottle of suncream

Examples of code downloaded onto the Codebug devices here.

There are more examples of community projects using Raspberry Pi and sensor nodes across Hull. Join us to hear their data and listen to the music created for the city's collaboration piece as Sam Aaron joins us on Thursday 13th July.

This evening showcase will be centred around using Sonic Pi to share live coding at Sirius Academy West. Everybody's welcome - just use this link to register for your free ticket.

Desktop computer showing code to create wearables project and collect environmental data

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Engaging Student Voice through Project-Based Environmental Learning

Access to STEM activities, and problem-based approaches to learning, are at the heart of this Connected Hull programme.

That’s seen us tailoring schools’ challenges to explore areas of global citizenship, and project-based learning methodology to solve real-world challenges facing local communities.

Codebug with sensor board

Sensor technologies currently available for Citizen Science approaches support students to collaborate on a range of environmental issues and make a positive impact on their own community.

One of the first projects has been to measure UV levels. That's using the power of student voice to support peers, raise awareness and educate others about harmful levels and how to protect against them.

If you're interested in the code used to facilitate projects created by children from age 7+ years, then you'll find it here.

Showing code to download onto a sensor node and measure uv levels

We’re facilitating workshops where young digital makers are using their computing skills to design, build and take innovative student-driven research projects into their chosen environments.

And then share their finding and creative solutions to a wider audience.

Codebug wearable tech being used to measure UV and show as lights on the LED ring

An introductory workshop using Codebug as a wearables project has allowed us to introduce the opportunities available through Citizen Science and IOT.

Initial data collection includes temperature , air pressure, humidity, altitude and GPS. The new air quality board will also be used to support the next programme of workshops over the Summer.

Children and communities will, however, be able to use their code with sensor nodes and link their environmental data and findings from this first phase of projects to the Connected Hull dashboard and coverage through The Things Network for Hull.

Through this approach we’re discussing the benefits, applications and considerations of big data, GPS metadata and privacy of personal data before adding to future project builds.

Codebug wearable tech used to measure UV and visuallise on string of leds

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Winners at The Big Chip Awards for IOT impact!

We're thrilled to be part of the 'Things North' collaboration and to be sharing plans, ideas and aspirations with others, which include projects launched in Manchester, Calderdale, Leeds, Bradford and Liverpool.

Map showing things network gateways located across the north of england

Last week's award recognised the impact of our activities across the region, with one judge's comment as:

"Things North deserve recognition for making the first positive inroads into facilitating the IoT project by joining the globally growing LoRaWAN network and by fostering the regional growth of the network."

Further details here.

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Finalists in the Big Chip Awards 2017


We're thrilled to be included among such amazing projects, as finalists in two separate categories, for this year's Big Chip Awards.

You'll find our Connected Hull project listed under 'Best Tech for Good Project' and also with The Things North collaboration in the 'Big Chip IoT Impact Award' category.

It's an exciting time with The Things Network community in Hull at the moment, as we see more projects emerging each week, and we'll continue to share activities and events through these pages.

Upcoming Events - Free registration via the links in the titles

Tuesday 9th May
The Things Network in Hull Launch: Empowering young people to make the world a better place through IOT.

at C4Di, 15:50 - 16:30

Saturday 17th June
Hands-on workshop at Hull Raspberry Jam.

Hosted by the Central Library on Albion Street, 10:15 - 13:15

Thursday 13th July
Live Coding and Interactive Data Showcase. with Sam Aaron, creator of Sonic Pi.

at Sirius Academy West, 18:30 - 20:00.

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