We were sad to say goodbye to our lovely neighbours at MAKESHOP when they closed their city-centre based shop last month. But it's not all sad news because they are going mobile, taking MAKESHOP out and about across the country. And even better news - for those of you who loved the products at MAKESHOP, Science Gallery Shop will now have them in stock online and in store.
If you're like us and thought a Raspberry Pi was a delicious dessert, you may not be familiar with the world of Coding. We are very excited about our new ranges of Raspberry Pi, Arduino and MaKey MaKey products for experimenting with computer science and coding. These are micro-controllers for building and inventing devices and objects which can sense, interact with, and control the world around them and they are a LOT of fun!.
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
This kit contains everything you need to get a jump start into the world of circuit board computing. The start-up guide talks you through setting up your device, navigating through the operating system and teaching you how to play games (Minecraft, Pacman and even invent your own) and write code. This is a fantastic introduction to programming with loads of deadly projects to get you started. To give you an idea of what you can do with a Raspberry Pi check out this blog - we love those retrofitted devices!
Genuinos are small Arduino devices with lots of connectivity and loads of scope for fun projects. The only limit is your imagination making these ideal devices for creative minds of all ages with an interest in exploring electronics projects. The Arduino microcontroller has a nearly limitless amount of ingenious uses for everything from robotics and lighting to games and gardening! It's a fun way to automate everything, enabling you to control simple devices or manage complex 'bells and whistles' style displays.
The MaKey MaKey is the one-stop-wacky-invention-shop every coder dreams of. Inventors can connect the circuit board to every day objects, and transform their capabilities - Ever wanted to play piano on bananas? Or use teddy bears to browse the internet? Using a circuit board, alligator clips, and a USB cable, the device uses closed loop electrical signals to send the computer either a keyboard stroke or mouse click signal. This function allows the Makey Makey to work with any computer program or webpage since all computer programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse click inputs.
So what are you waiting for? You may be the greatest living banana-pianist, but how will you ever know if you don't make yourself a banana piano?! With these new products we are realising that there is nothing to be scared of with all this techie stuff, and we hope you can have a lot of fun with it too. These devices are bursting with possibilities and are so much easier than you think - even for absolute beginners. Coding is all about fun and these products aim to spark excitement. You can make cool projects that you can be proud of and if it turns into a gazillion euro web company or app, wouldn't that be nice too!