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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Shrimping went swimmingly

SPA feedback
Yesterday's evening session at BCS SPA went wonderfully well. The chart below shows feedback from the participants, with a scale that runs from Cr*p on the left hand side to Excellent on the right.

One participant clearly felt let down, and I wish I knew what upset him. The the majority rated the session as excellent, and a couple wanted to give it 11/10 :)

The participants were fantastic - lively, responsive and friendly. Just about everyone got their Arduino clones working; the one unresolved problem was almost certainly due to a hardware issue.

I'm still glowing from one comment, which I found in my inbox this morning:

'I had so much fun this evening - it was like being a little child again!'.

We used my new eBook as the construction guide. If BT lets me access the Internet all day, (not a certainty, I fear)  I will make a few urgent corrections to the eBook later. If you've already bought a copy you will be notified by email when the corrected version is available for download.

I have several less urgent updates to make, and will be re-shooting the pictures of construction. I'll release those in a new update early next week.

Several of the participants asked what do I do next? Here's my suggestion.

I'm about to test an experimental eMail-based course for Arduino experimenters.

There will be five emails, one a week, containing experiments to do with an Arduino or clone. I hope to start the course next week.

The first two need no extra hardware. The first lesson will contain a list of the hardware you will need later, together with sources.

The course is free, and the hardware should cost about £15/$22 including postage. If you're interested,  sign up. I won't spam you.