Shrimping with #techmums

Andrew Back
#techmums founder, Dr Sue Black, with the Shrimping persistence of vision project

This Sunday Embecosm in partnership with #techmums, RS Components and Ravensbourne will be hosting a Shrimping workshop in Greenwhich that is purely for mums. We’ve previously run Shrimping workshops with a number of different groups, but this is the first time we will have hosted one with #techmums and on our involvement Jeremy says:

“The UK is a world leader in advanced computer and electronic design, which makes a major contribution to the economy. Techmums empowers mums and through them their children, who may one day choose to take up this exciting and highly rewarded professional career. We are delighted to be supporting such a fantastic and much needed initiative.”

And what will the workshop entail? From the event flyer (click to download the PDF):

The Shrimp is a great fun, low cost computer that can be built and programmed by just about anyone, in only a few hours, and with no prior experience of electronics or programming. It is made up of a simple circuit that is assembled from a handful of components.

This fun and free day will give you an introduction into the amazing world of electronics and programming and is suitable for mums of all ages and abilities.

Your children may soon be learning these computer skills at school, so this will help you to help them whilst having fun yourself!

During the day, you will learn what a Shrimp is, and what you can do with it. You will see how easy it is to build a basic Shrimp circuit, then you will write a simple program to make it flash a light. After that, you can add more lights and use the Shrimp to make some amazing light effects, just like writing in the air with a sparkler!

If you know a mum who may be interested in attending please forward details. Note that children of 5-16 years are very welcome and Ravensbourne will be running free and fun workshops for them also.

  Registration link

Andrew

2 Responses to “Shrimping with #techmums”

  1. Laura machon

    Would love to book this for myself and my twin sons. Was wondering if the children could participate in the lesson with mums as one of my sons has an interest. Please advise, thanks

    Laura machon

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  2. Andrew Back

    Hi Laura,

    The focus is on the mums and so separate activities are being organised for the children. With the idea being that when you went home you could then work through the projects with them. However, if you really did want to do this as a group at the workshop I don’t think it would be a problem.

    Regards,

    Andrew

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