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See the diary for information on the Raspberry Pi workshop, 31st May 2018!

Spring 2018

We meet about five times each term.

Meetings are usually held on Sunday mornings from 10.30am - 12.30pm.

From November 2016, we normally meet at Kingswood House School, 56 West Hill, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8LG.





SPEAKER MEETINGS


Sunday February 11th 2018, 10.30 - 12.30 Andrew Martin - Genes and proteins

Dr Andrew Martin from University College London who was Chair of Surrey Explorers about 15 years ago will run a session on our DNA and the proteins we are made of. DNA contains genes each of which codes for a protein. These proteins make up our cells and do various jobs including making copies of DNA, working our muscles to let us move and digesting our food. In the session we will start by looking at some cells, we will then work down to looking at proteins and seeing what they can do. Finally we will look at DNA itself and see how it gets copied and makes proteins.

Monday 12th February 11am - 3pm: Making electronic devices using MICRO:BIT

The micro:bit is a fully programmable handheld computer. It has a number of features including 25 LED lights, an accelerometer, Bluetooth, temperature and light sensors and multiple power outputs. Once a program have been loaded onto the micro:bit it can run on battery power and so can become a mobile computer-controlled device. The micro:bit can be programmed in a variety of ways and we will explore two different options during the workshop and create three or four intelligent devices.

The workshop will be led by Alan Harrison, director of ComputerXplorers, on his third visit to Surrey Explorers, an inspiring and commanding presence. It will be a productive day.

To reserve a place, email Jenny. £20 payable on the day (£18 for members of PPUK). Suitable for age 8 upwards. Please bring your own laptop (Mac or PC, but not a tablet). Buffet lunch provided.

Venue: PUTNEY METHODIST CHURCH, Gwendolen Avenue SW15 6SN (5 mins walk from Putney mainline station and East Putney District Line). The church is on the corner of Gwendolen Avenue and Upper Richmond Road. The church car park has space for about 10 cars, otherwise metered parking. Parents are welcome to stay if they wish (tea and coffee provided).

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Sunday February 25th 2018, 10.30 - 12.30 James Lind - A cure for scurvy

A special visitor James Lind, 'Gor Limey! ship's surgeon who discovered the cure for scurvy in 1753 will be travelling through time to 2018. He will tell us about his life, his seagoing days and how he went about investigating a disease which was claiming the lives of so many sailors. He actually invented the clinical trial. No-one will go away from hearing Dr Lind without understanding why we need vitamins! (though he didn't call them that).

Sunday March 25th 2018, 10.30 - 12.30 Reporting the News

Postponed from 4th March

Every day there are happenings good and bad all over the world : calamities like floods, but also great sporting achievements, miraculous rescues and and always there are politicians debating how we should be ruled. Who decides what is important enough to be on the TV news? Helen Wade, BBC Television reporter, will show some footage and discuss how it is influencing how we think. Try being a reporter for a day, learn how to check sources and then imagine you are in a war zone. You might also find yourself being interviewed or being the interviewer.

Sunday March 18th 2018, 10.30 - 12.30 Speaking English

The words we think in, sing in, talk in, which feed our imagination, which tell us what we are - where did they all come from? How did a few tribal dialects on a northern island become the billion-tongued language of Modern English? Why does the spelling have to be so difficult? Our speaker is a professional actor so all be delivered with a flourish, and a lot of audience participation.

TUESDAY 3rd April, 10.30 - 15.00 Shakespeare Workshop

* Discussion * Comprehension * Performance

With a quick and lively overview of the works to bring out some themes, then a close reading of a few passages, this workshop will be an introduction to Shakespeare's work. Younger ones will use abridged adaptations, older ones the original, but all will explore the imagery, the double meanings and what Shakespeare's characters tell us about ourselves. Some dialogue will be acted out with a brief scene in the old burial ground, weather permitting. By the end, you will be able to make up your own mind whether this Elizabethan playwright who did not even make up his own plots really is as good as he is made out to be.

Led by Cambridge English undergraduates assisted by sixth-formers.

Tuesday 3rd April 2018, 10.30 registration for 10.45 start. Day ends at 3.00pm

To reserve a place, reply to this email (jennyclive@gmail.com). £17 payable on the day (£15 for members of PPUK). Suitable for ages 9-14, or younger children if they are advanced readers and well motivated. Pens and notebooks and buffet lunch provided.

Venue: PUTNEY METHODIST CHURCH, Gwendolen Avenue SW15 6SN (5 mins walk from Putney mainline station and East Putney District Line). The church is on the corner of Gwendolen Avenue and Upper Richmond Road. Free parking in (smallish) church car park. Parents are welcome to stay if they wish (tea and coffee provided).

If you cannot understand my argument, and declare "It's Greek to me", you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool's paradise... if you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood... if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then – by Jove! O Lord! Tut, tut! for goodness' sake! what the dickens! but me no buts – it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare. - Bernard Levin

THURSDAY 31st May, 11.00 - 15.00 Raspberry Pi Workshop, Putney

The Raspberry Pi is a fully functioning computer in the form of an ARM (that great British company which is now Japanese) chip, no different from the ARM chip inside every smartphone in the world. The ARM chip costs around £8 and is the size of a fingernail. The Pi has its own operating system and central processing unit and can do anything that a computer can do.

The workshop will be an introduction to the Raspberry Pi, the various types, how to buy them, the special features and how to use it to build a computer. As a particular application we will then program it using SCRACH to create Spirograph. Using just a little bit of maths we can then produce gorgeous and colourful geometrical patterns.

If you do not have a Raspberry Pi yet, don't worry as SCRATCH (something you may have already) can be used on any laptop. To make the SPIROGRAPH shapes on your computer! You just need to bring a laptop (any laptop) with charger. Just check that you have standalone SCRATCH installed

For the Spirograph, please bring EITHER your own keyboard, monitor and mouse (we can supply the raspberry pi) OR a laptop (Mac or PC, but not a tablet). You can download SCRATCH in advance or we can supply the software on the day. We will be using either SCRATH 2 or SCRATCH 1.4.

The workshop will be led by Philip Searle, puzzle book author and computing tutor. Suitable both for beginners and for Raspberry Pi owners who would like to explore its capabilities. Age 8 upwards. Younger children are welcome if they are keen and able or if they bring a parent.

This will be restricted to a small group and to reserve a place, email Jenny. £15 payable on the day (£13 for members of PPUK). Lunch provided.

Venue: PUTNEY METHODIST CHURCH, Gwendolen Avenue SW15 6SN (5 mins walk from Putney mainline station and East Putney District Line). The church is on the corner of Gwendolen Avenue and Upper Richmond Road. Free parking in the church car park. Parents are welcome to stay if they wish (tea and coffee provided).

Raspberry Pi is fully supported around the UK with lots of help! These are called CoderDojo's and are held locally worldwide. . It is run by the Raspberry Pi foundation.

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