On Saturday 24th June 2017, we took a trip to Liverpool Makefest. This is a one day free making event at Liverpool Central Library where people from the maker community gather and show off their projects. Last year we were showing off our EduPython project which is an easy to use Python 3 GPIO library. Due to this software being discontinued and EduBlocks now being our main focus, we went back this year with EduBlocks.
We had 2 tables with 4 pi-tops set up. This is due to me being a pi-top future champion. On each pi we had a different aspect of EduBlocks set up. On the first one, we had the explorer hat running some motors and pulsing LED’s via PWM. This example showed how easily robots can be made with the board. The second one had a simple BLINKT demo running where different colours scrolled through the pixels. We had people experimenting with changing the RGB colour values. The third one had Minecraft running with the popular Hide a Diamond, Find a Diamond resource game. We connected up the Poundland 25p Christmas lights to the GPIO pins along with a spare pringles tube to show that you don’t need expensive hardware to have fun with the GPIO. The last one demonstrated our £2.50 GPIO Starter Kit which was running the traffic light example. People really liked the project and thought it was a great way to help make the transition from Scratch to Python easier. The event was also a great opportunity to get some votes for the Tech 4 Good Peoples Choice Award and also advertise the Makersphere event of which we are helping out at. Overall we had a great time at the event and hope to return next year. Other than ourselves showing off EduBlocks, Chris Penn from NCS:Computing was showing his EduBlocks Minecraft Micro:Bit Twitter bot where people used our Print Wall block to create a piece of artwork in minecraft and then tweet it.