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An evening with the Makers: December 5

Learn to program using a Raspberry Pi.

It's a community night where you learn things too.

Spend a night with trainer, Andrew Stone from DrivenLogic, and the Makers at the Engine Room.

Receive a Raspberry Pi, lights, cables and charger kit and learn how to use a running sheet to program, using the Raspberry Pi. This promises to truly turn your lights on!

Where: At the Engineroom (details below)

When: December 5, 6-9pm

What: Meet Tinkers, Makers, Developers and Hobbyists to ride the next wave of open embedded computing. Lets learn to use open source software and hardware.

“We want to put the fun back into
learning computing at school for kids.” (Raspberry Pi Foundation)

Each participant will receive a Raspberry Pi and a two lights kit to take home and play.

Refreshments will be served, and a celebratory drink on offer.

Download the registration form here

MeetUp details are here, but register via form above.

Download the flyer here for more details.


Why? In a library? What could a Maker Faire look like?

Check here for some ways Raspberry Pis are being used with students in schools, or get the technical talk here, with Google Tech Talks.
Here's how one school has run a Maker Faire! Could this happen in your library too?
Here's another programming idea: Meet Bo and Jana

and... meet our workshop guides:

Andrew Stone

Andrew began his first coding projects on his Commodore-64 in 1986…

Today Andrew enjoys designing and building scalable business systems software with a focus on quality and team dynamics. He is an Open Source advocate and founder of a boutique software consultancy; DrivenLogic.

Seeing the huge opportunity that the RaspberryPi represents for both emerging technology and education, Andrew Founded OzberryPi in 2012 as a place to bring together both makers and educators.

As an employer in the local technology sector, Andrew sees and alarming lack of computer science skills in the software sector and wants to do something about it.





Bruce Tulloch

Bruce has more than 25 years experience as a professional engineer working with real-time embedded systems, digital signal processing, software development and test, measurement and data acquisition systems. He has developed high performance digital audio editing and dubbing systems for the US film and television industry, sonar systems for the Australian Navy and diagnostic systems with application in nuclear fusion research, high energy physics and monitoring for CAT and MRI systems.

In recent years Bruce has developed a passion for improving outcomes in school education in Australia, especially in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). He believes Australia’s future as a developed nation with its high living standards depends on it. He has become actively engaged with the NSW Department of Education & Communities, teachers and others to improve school infrastructure and to deploy and make effective use of technology but he believes this is only a beginning. He would like to see broader awareness and consensus for change to equip our children with the skills they will need to master a world dominated by technology but which faces some tough political, social, economic and environmental challenges. He believes empowering teachers with forward looking professional development in the context of STEM curriculum reform is the best way to get started.






When: Mon, 28 October 2013 - Mon, 9 December 2013

Where: EngineRoom, Level 3, 79 Myrtle Street, NSW, 2008, Australia

Type: Workshop

Contact: Michelle Jensen

Phone: 0423 335 613

Email: Michelle Jensen


Facilities: Cafeteria, Internet available, Computers