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09
Dec

Westpark @ PiWars 2015: a round-up

Well, it’s over. We went; we competed; we came back. And it was great. But let me rewind a little… This time last week, we’d blown out two of our three Ultrasonic sensors, hadn’t got a working three-point turn, weren’t able to generate enough power to push over a single skittle, had a robot which […]

28
Nov

Westpark PiWars — a few pictures

Since the SD card on our robot’s RPi has just corrupted (!) and I’m stuck trying to rebuild the configuration files all over again, I thought I’d just load a few images from our Friday sessions. At the end you can see a short video of Steve and A (in the club changing room!) testing […]

28
Nov

Westpark PiWars — Running out of time…

So, as we approach the deadline for blogging, having passed the deadline for code submission and nearing the competition date itself, it’s time for a lessons learnt. In no particular order: It’s going to take longer than you thought it would, especially if you’ve never tackled this kind of thing before If everything worked cleanly […]

08
Nov

Westpark Club PIWars – meet the team

(NB Some parents are uneasy about their children being identified online. For that reason I’m going to use generic terms when referring to the young people involved in the team.) I’ve already introduced myself: Tim Golden. I’m helped by another club leader: Steve, who’s an IT support professional. He’s done all the work on our […]

08
Nov

Westpark Club Pi Wars — design choices

(NB Some parents are uneasy about their children being identified online. For that reason I’m going to use generic terms when referring to the young people involved in the team.) Well, this was going to be a frequent slice-of-Pi blogpost series… but then, of course, real life has taken over. We’re still here and struggling […]

19
Oct

Westpark Club Pi Wars – An Introduction

To those of you reading at westpark.org.uk, welcome to our robotics activity in preparation for Pi Wars. For those who are reading via the piwars.org blog feed, welcome to Westpark Club! I’m Tim Golden, one of the club leaders at Westpark, and an experienced Python developer with an interest in Raspberry Pis and other education-related […]

03
May

Juniors Summer Camp 2015

Juniors Summer Camp 2015 Sat 23rd to Tue 26th of May CHALLENGE COURSES  – CLIMBING WALL – NIGHT WALKS – ABSEILING – ROPE COURSES – FOOTBALL – AERIAL RUNWAY – CAMPFIRES Westpark will join Kelston’s Juniors Camp at the High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre run by Surrey County Council at the top of Box Hill in Surrey. Families should drive […]

25
Apr

Wide eyes

Wide eyes Chus was enthusiastic to enter a film competition over the Easter holidays. They have an “88-second” section, and it didn’t sound hard to produce 88-seconds worth of film. The Seniors caught the bug wanted to do a horror film. For some reason a stuffed monkey was deemed “scary” and a short piece worked […]

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