KESH Pi Club - 27th June

KESH Raspberry Pi Club - session 4

Session Plan

3.10 Welcome and gingerbread men!

3.20 Minecraft quick build challenge (with prizes)

3.40 Raspberry Pi traffic light program

- Connecting 3 LEDs to the Raspberry Pi
- Tinkering with the code

4.00 Badges and stickers

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Raspberry Pi(e)

Raspberry Pie Recipe


For the pie case

  • 250g plain flour
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter (cubed and chilled)
  • 1 egg yolk

For the filling

  • 400 ml milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar (to decorate)


The pastry

  1. Tip the flour, salt, icing sugar and butter into a bowl. Quickly and lightly (with the end of your fingers) rub the butter into the flour.
  2. When the mixture looks like very fine breadcrumbs, make a well in the middle and add the egg yolk and a few drops of cold water and mix together
  3. Bring the pastry into a ball, cover with some cling film and place in the fridge for about an hour.

The filling

  1. Heat the milk in a large saucepan over a gentle heat (don’t let it boil)
  2. Pour the egg yolks into a large mixing bowl and vigorously whisk in the sugar until the mixture turns pale and doubles in volume
  3. When the milk is hot (but not quite boiling) pout it onto the egg yolks and sugar and add the flour
  4. Gently mix to combine
  5. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over a medium heat, stir constantly until the mixture starts to bubble and thicken
  6. Remove from the heat to cool
  7. Put in the fridge and chill

Cooking the pastry

  1. Preheat the oven to 220C
  2. Roll out the chilled pastry on a floured surface to about 1/2 cm
  3. Line the base of a 22cm flan dish, trim off any excess
  4. Line the case with parchment and fill with baking beans (not baked beans!!!!!) and blind bake for 15 - 20 minutes
  5. Remove the paper and beans and leave to cool

Once the pastry is cooled, fill the case with the chilled mixture and decorate with 200g raspberries

Raspberry Pie


2014 Conference for Teachers of Computing

Computing at School - 6th Conference for teachers 2014

Saturday saw an early start and a train to Birmingham University for the Computing At School 6th Annual conference for teachers. With a ticket price of £35 this was a very reasonably priced CPD activity.

The University of Birmingham is a lovely campus and I was warmly welcomed by student ambassadors on my arrival and pointed in the direction of the Computer Science department for registration and choice of seminars and workshops. The organisation was very slick and free wifi was offered to all attendees which was nice.


The opening keynote presentation was given by Tony Hey (VP Microsoft research) on “The Computing Universe - origins of computational thinking”. This was very engaging, lively, relevant and interesting as it explored the origins of computational thinking and the history of computers.

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Following a well needed coffee break I headed over to a talk by Pete Dring on assessment from Pete Dring of Manor CE Academy, York. This was a very interesting talk looking at how we can assess the new curriculum and show progress without using levels.

Hot on the heels of the first workshop I attended a very good talk from Mark Dorling and Thomas Ng on Managing the transition from ICT to Computing. Again this contained lots of very useful ideas and thoughts about the way that ICT is changing and the new ideas surrounding Computational Thinking.

Lunch was very pleasant with an excellent buffet provided. It was a good time to socialise and discuss ideas from the morning.

After lunch I attended one of the most inspiring talks I have ever seen! This was presented by Peter Dickman from Google. This was a very frank talk about what the actual needs of future employers are and the benefits of developing computation thinking for everyone. i am still reflecting and processing this talk but it gave me a real insight into the moral purpose of Computing in the National Curriculum ---- Watch this space for more -----

My final talk was presented by Aaron Sloman (Honorary Professor of Artificial Intelligence). This was a wide ranging and interesting talk which posed many important fundamental questions. I will definitely take away from both this and Peter’s talk that the future is simply not doing more of the same.

The day ended with a talk by Quentin Cutts (University of Glasgow) which discussed the key concepts required for computational thinking and how many teachers will have these concepts but forget that our learners won’t. We were given a couple of problems to solve.

In summary, this was a very encouraging and practical day. Although I am not a CS teacher (actually a Chemistry teacher!) it has definitely given me ideas about where I want to go in the future.

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Computing at School


Minecraft Pi club - first session

After much excitement we had our first Minecraft Raspberry Pi session after school today.

It was a great deal of fun and all the students who came had a really great time and the feedback was extremely positive.

During the session we

  • Looked at what a Raspberry Pi is and experienced a first boot
  • Learned how to log into the Pi and start a windows environment
  • Started Minecraft and had a play
  • Learnt how we can write code into the MInecraft API
  • Wrote our first program and displayed chat messages on MInecraft

You can download the worksheet we used here