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My Day at the BTYSTE on the CoderDojo stand

Posted on January 26th, 2017

I arrived at the RDS at 8.30 with my Mum and Dad’s laptops, a suitcase full of projects, LEDs and a pretty substantial lunch. My Mum and Dad were just as shocked as I was when I saw so many people queuing up to get in.

Pete from CoderDojo met us at the front door 5 minutes after we arrived. We were one of the first people to get into the RDS. I felt like a VIP! Pete lead us up to our stand and carried my Mum’s heavy laptop bag. Then my Mum had to leave to go to work. After that my Dad and I started setting up.

 

We set up the Bluetooth controlled Neopixel LEDs, the LED Matrix Scroller, the Line Following Robot and the Flashing Mini Christmas Tree. Pete showed me the mBot robot he made at CoderDojo. Ross from CoderDojo took this picture of me and put it on Twitter

A Teenage Exhibitor came at 9:15am and asked me about my Bluetooth controlled NeoPixel LEDs. When I showed him it he was amazed, and got other people to come over to me.

Some of the kids at our CoderDojo stand came over to me. Their names were Lucas and Evie. They made a self-driving car. They asked me a few questions about my website. When they finished asking me questions, I went over to their desk, leaving my Dad to mind the stuff. They showed me their self-driving car. It’s a remote control toy car they hacked. This type of hacking is not bad. It means taking something apart and making it do something else. They used Python to control the car.

 

It was after a few demonstrations that I decided to always show visitors to our stand my video first. This meant I did not have to repeat the same thing over and over.

Soon after that my school friends arrived. My teacher chose 6 boys to come to the RDS today. They loved my project and it was extra special being in my school uniform as all my school friends were very proud.

I showed them my Bluetooth controlled Neopixel Led Project.

It was 11:45am and I decided to have my lunch because I felt hungry. I had an Innocent Smoothie and a delicious roll.  About an hour later one of the kids beside me was eating chips and that made me hungry!! I asked my Dad if I could have chips (with salt and vinegar obviously!). He finally said yes, so I got the chips.

I showed some teenage girls my line following robot.

When I was wandering around the stand I saw Ross’ s Flappy Bird game. I followed the instructions (Put your hand on tin foil and keep it there) which were quite simple. I tapped my finger on to the piece of jelly and I could play Flappy Bird.

One kid showed me his design for a plane. He said that he knew how to do the hardware but not the software. I told him that when my website goes live it would be great to work with him. The whole idea of my website is to share ideas and to help kids. This is what I am doing here.

The CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation from England came over to our stand! He was one of the only people to ask me detailed questions about my project. I got a picture of him with Lucas, Evie  and 2 kids from other Dojos.

I finally got a chance to look at other stands like Analog Devices when my Mum came back from work.

I was very tired after all of that but I enjoyed the day very much…

Benjamin Murray



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