Showing posts from March, 2017

An excellent TeachMeet in Manchester

Fake news? TeachMeet in Manchester I went up to Manchester on Thursday to join a TeachMeet organised by Alan O'Donohoe and friends. Several of us presented free resources for teachers to share: you can see the full list, and find links to resources here . It was a lively session and as usual the teachers made me feel very welcome. (Many also downloaded the free micro:bit MicroPython workbook , which was very gratifying). Each time I meet UK teachers of Computer Science and Design Technology I am amazed at how much new syllabus content they have been asked to take on board and how little resource they have been given to meet the challenge. If you are based in the UK and have a background in Computing, there are many ways in which you can help. Here are a few: Join a local Code Club as a volunteer Become a STEM ambassador for STEMnet Join the Computing at School community and create Open Source resources which teachers can use. You'll be making a real diff

More Quick2Wire progress

Quick2Wire logo If you've some Quick2wire hardware and you want up-to-date instructions for using it, you won't have long to wait. Qucik2Wire made and marketed some add-on boards for the Raspberry Pi. It ceased trading in 2012 but there are still a lot of boards out in the wild, and you can still buy kits from S K Pang . Sadly the website that told you how to use them is very out-of-date, as are the code repositories on GitHub. I'm doing my best to fix the problem. Quick2Wire boards Quick2Wire interface board The Quick2Wire product range included three hardware kits. All are still usable, and the software to use them now needs to be much simpler to use and install. I'll post information here as I update the relevant parts of the website and GitHub repositories. GPIO Pins and the downverter cable There's also one hardware problem but it's easy to fix. downverter cable The Quick2Wire boards were designed back in the days when every

Marr's theory of cerebellar cortex

I finally got around to publishing my MSc project report from 1974. It's based on a simulation of the late David Marr's theory of cerebellar cortex. 1974 seems a long while ago, but Marr's work is still relevant and I am actively pursuing this line of research using a more appropriate language and a rather more powerful computer. At some point I will post more details of my current work but for now you can get a copy of the report from Leanpub . It's free.