Birmingham Raspberry Jam

Birmingham Raspberry Jam


Today was the relaunch of the Birmingham Raspberry Jam held at KESH Academy in Birmingham. With 17 Raspberry Pis and a great space to work in we welcomed over 45 participants to the event. The day was organised by myself and Jack Wearden from Birmingham University.

The workshops

We delivered 4 workshops with a range of activities, these included:

  • Introduction to Minecraft Python programming.
  • An introduction to Python and Turtle programs
  • Connecting LEDs to the GPIO and programming a traffic light and disco light sequence
  • More advanced MInecraft programming (building a 3D house)

We had a really good day delivering the sessions and judging by the feedback the participants really enjoyed it too.

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Looking forward to next time

Great day, thanks for all the hard work - we have learnt lots

Really enjoyed the Python coding

Very informative about Raspberry Pi. Thank you so much

It was great fun and I enjoyed the workshops. Thank You!

Was fun - next time I will bring my son!

Really got my kids interested in computing - thank you!

Brilliant - I really enjoyed it even Minecraft

Thank you for a fantastic day - the kids loved it, best wishes

It was fun to make patterns with the turtles

Children loved it, great to be able to let them see other children using the Pis

Fantastic setup today. Inspired to learn more. Thanks!



Lisiparoi flash ring for Raspberry Pi

I was really pleased to receive a nice little package from Jason Barnett.

While you are here please check out our Amazon Associates Raspberry Pi page!


The Lisiparoi - Flash ring for Raspberry Pi camera module is a small unit which screws onto the Raspberry Pi camera and provides 12 bright LEDs.

There are two favours, visible light LEDs for the normal camera and a IR LED version for use with the NOIR camera module.




Assembly is really simple.

Before screwing the camera to the ring it was a simple case of soldering 4 connecting pins. The ring connects to the Raspberry Pi via 4 GPIO pins connected to 5V, GND, GND and a free GPIO. After hunting around for 4 female to female cables I had the flash mounted and connected to my Pi. The beauty of this device is that all 12 LEDS run from just 4 pins.


Programming the flash ring is extremely simple as it only involves switching on 1 GPIO pin to power up the ring.

I have included sample code here

This is a really good little device and have been very pleased with the illumination it provides. I found it be effective up to 2m from the camera.


Covent Garden Raspberry Jam

Covent Garden Raspberry Jam Saturday 29th November 2014

To keep the Jam feeling lasting longer after the Birmingham Raspberry Jam on the 22nd November I am helping at the Covent Garden Raspberry Jam a week later on the 29th November.

Frank Thomas-Hockey who describes himself as “a Father and amateur hacker” is running a Jam at Covent Garden Dragon Hall Trust, 17 Stukeley St on Saturday, 29 November 2014 from 14:00 to 17:00.

It looks like I will be running my favourite introduction to Minecraft coding workshop.

If you would like a ticket then get them here!