Message into Space

I run an after-school code club, which is attended by pupils from a few different year groups. I am impressed by what a team of four girls have achieved (aged 11-13). They’ve written code in Python that will run on a Raspberry Pi in the International Space Station (ISS) next year.

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Micro:Bit Code Sample

The Micro:bit website is an awesome place to start learning to code. You can create your own programs such as a digital compass through to mini-games. I’ve included an example here. It’s very simple and the Micro:bit has a lot more capabilities that can be used (compass, radio, bluetooth, accelerometer etc.)

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Motorcycle CBT

I must be in some kind of mid-life crisis: I decided to learn to ride a motorbike. The thought had been in my mind since I’d sat on a colleague’s bike a few years back. I loved the feeling but without any knowledge of riding bikes, I was like a small child on a pony ride at the beach. I would regularly see the convenience people enjoyed in Spain, hopping between places in lovely weather on a scooter, and thought this is a lifestyle for me.

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A picture of lilies and a weeping willow.

Exercise, Ducks, Disasters

I’ve still got a few kilos to shed but I’m not supposed to go to the gym when my muscles are still recovering so bike ride it is. By the time I persuaded myself to go after a Sunday morning routine of coffee, breakfast, gardening, reading (currently Norman Doidge – The Brain that Changes Itself), it was nearing midday so my options were limited to places a bit more local.

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