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July Showcase: Live Coding with Hull Data

Our intention has always been to engage and empower as many communities as possible in Hull, through digital making activities, and to make links with City of Culture themes during 2017.

Over the next couple of weeks we'll be sharing the registration link to a free Live Coding evening event in July.

We'll be joined by Sam Aaron, creator of Sonic Pi, who will lead the event and include data from the many projects that will go towards connected learning with Connected Hull.

The community of Hull Raspberry Jam have previously run a workshop with Sonic Pi, and we're keen to share the creative possibilities from our own Raspberry Pis connected to the Things Network.

Image used from GitHub

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The Digital Journey of Blade

Our first STEM project turned out to be the biggest, in scale, that the team has worked on.

An opportunity to share a digital storytelling piece about a 75 metre, 25 tonnes and 3.5 metre diameter wind turbine blade, which made a surprise entrance in January when it arrived as an art installation called Blade.

As Blade left Queen Victoria Square last Sunday, to return to the Siemens plant at Alexandra Dock, it carried with it a couple of projects from Connected Hull. And ones that have digitised this City of Culture project through the Things Network in Hull.

In essence that was a sensor node and a Raspberry Pi with a camera module attached, but in reality a whole lot more.

We're grateful to the team at Siemens in Hull, who offered STEM learning opportunities through Blade and a chance for the Hull Raspberry Jam community to collaborate on their 'super secret project' with Hull Central Library.

Talking about working with young people in Hull through the Children's University, Chris Sarel, Group Lead, Siemens said, “Showcasing Blade is easy for those that work at Siemens. We are so proud of what we produce and so passionate about the process....Activities such as this give local kids an insight in to what could well be a career for them in years to come. As a Hull lad born and bred, I'm proud to be a part of this special year and to witness the growing confidence and belief in our city.“

A huge team effort at the Raspberry Jam, on Saturday 18th February, resulted in this timelapse showing 2,383 images taken on the journey back to Alexandra Dock.

The sensor node collected temperature, vibration and GPS data and sent it to The Things Network via a gateway in Hull city centre. That data is now shared on this site and further projects will follow on a similar data theme. Next will be a 'STEM in the Desert' project and more innovations with temperature and environmental data.

Header image used: © Copyright Bernard Sharp and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Image above: courtesy of Siemens

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Improving performance with Project Blyth

This week a primary school in Hull has been exploring Connected Hull sensor nodes, as a testbed project, to look at impacting on the performance of their team car.

They're taking part in Project Blyth and will race their car on Sunday 16th July.

Initial discussions around GPS, speed, vibration and temperature data have triggered thoughts about exploring an accelerometer and brake temperature on their Goblin car. They're an ambitious team, so watch out for projects around sensing resistance and using data about forces.

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Community projects at Hull Raspberry Jam

The growing community of Hull Raspberry Jam have been using show and tell sessions to look at connecting Raspberry Pi to the LoRaWAN network, alongside sensor nodes from the project.

Within range of the city centre gateway, meetups are on a Saturday and hosted at the Central Library on Albion Street

Look out for smart Pi projects emerging; smart garden, smart lights, smart music, smart what next! Their next Jam is on Saturday 22 April, details here.

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Education Meetup on 9th May

Connected Hull: Empowering young people to make the world a better place through IOT

We’re challenging the young people of Hull to use their digital making skills to make a smarter, more connected world. How will you be able to use the tools from the Connected Hull project in schools and with community groups?

Find out more as we meet up at C4Di on Tuesday 9th May, 15:30 - 16:30.

Link to free registration page is here

Who is this event aimed at?

Teachers and educators of KS2 - KS5 with an interest in how technology and creativity can support innovative ideas and learning opportunities. Your main focus could be art, music, PSHE, maths, geography, computing, music, D&T, science........Connected Hull is definitely a cross-curricular programme.

Software has been developed with an educational focus, to support teachers and learners to create projects and design their own new inventions. Teachers will be able to explore starter projects and develop their own idea across the curriculum.

Join us as we support children and students to play their role in building Hull as a smart city, and as cited in this NESTA report, from the ground up.

What story could your students share with environmental data such as temperature, humidity, movement or sound levels taken from their own community? What will be their focus or problem to solve?

Photo of ODI: Ian S, geograph.org.uk

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