March SDTJ Write Up Date: March 14th 2020.
We had a semi successful jam today, despite ending up just in room 12. This was due to the partitions not being opened up by the caretakers. Nevertheless, after arriving at about 9:30 to set up, I started by setting out the admin table, plugged in a power block for the main table, then set up two more tables to be used for netbooks, PIs and the laptop. Due to the partitioning, there were issues with the Wifi not reaching the room properly. However, visitors with Apple laptops seemed to have better Wifi connection. We had our regular young people, plus two additional visitors.
We did some work with the freeCodeCamp tutorial we are following and other visitors were working on their own projects. We had many young people attending, which is great. At about 12:30, some of us retired to the Learning Centre to continue with the freeCodeCamp tutorial, which is progressing nicely.
We were graced with the presence of Dr. Phil Mitchell of the company Lumentum (Optoelectronics Telecommunications). He was confident that he could help us access funding for a year's membership of Meetup, in order to raise our profile locally. We were also able to explore the potential synergies that could emerge. Encouraging our young talent that there were technology careers available within the Torbay area.
Paul B and Lucy M promised to furnish Phil with a “shopping list” of other things that we are keen to obtain for the Jam.
Above two photos are of a Arduino robot, it can keep upright and stay stable.
Paul Bennett brought along some test kit. Pictured here are a Digital Oscilloscope and a signal generator.
Analogue keyboard, brought along by Lucy Morgan, this was hooked up to the test kit above in order to observe the output.
Scope output 1
Scope output 2
General coding / work area, several laptops, pis and netbooks.