We, either as a company or as individuals, have been involved in many projects and initiatives in the past, and are always interested in how we can help local schools and communities who may not otherwise have access to high-quality educational resources or opportunities. Working with our partners and in keeping with our philosophy and mission, we offer several free opportunities for students. A selection of the events we've been involved in are below.
Full STEAM Ahead | Scott Morgan
The workshops on the day were delivered by a combination of PGR Students and industry experts, and consisted of -
- Robotics (Led by Emotion Robotics)
Carl Clement of Emotion Robotics delivered a workshop based around artificial intelligence and automation using advanced humanoid robots, Pepper and NAO. Everyone was captivated and there were plenty of amazed faces in the crowd – they really do need to be seen to be believed!
- Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi (Led by Luke Smallman)
Bridgend College, in partnership with Sony UKTec provided Raspberry Pi computers and Pi cameras for the event, and with resources from the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s ‘Picademy’, Luke delivered a simple introduction to programming hardware devices with Python.
- 3D Printing (Led by Alex Safar & Danny Groves)
Students had the opportunity to design and print their own 3D fidget spinners using the freely available browser-based software ‘Onshape’. There was a prize for the best design, submitted on the day and printed later by Cardiff University's Engineering Department. Each student also received a 3D printed ‘gyro’ keyring memento of the event to take away with them.
SMILE Pi & Mash | Scott Morgan
The Raspberry Pi session featured physical computing with simple motor control using gpiozero and resources from Picademy, robot rally cars using the CamJam Edukits and SonicPi. We finished off with a race around the track which was won by Litchard!
Scott Morgan | Mar 2018
SMILE Technology Workshop | Scott Morgan
The Raspberry Pi Session involved Minecraft, Python and robotics using the CamJam Edukit 3 sets and code written by PiCymru. We even had a selfie booth powered by a Raspberry Pi and the children designed their own robot chassis which are now in production ready for the SMILE Pi and Mash event in April! All in all, this was a great day which hopefully inspired a future cohort of STEAM practitioners. The same event will run next year, with more schools, new technologies and new ideas. Watch this space!
Scott Morgan | Mar 2018