Ysgol Bryn Elian – Digital Pioneer School

It is with great excitement that we can announce YBE as a Digital Pioneer School that will work with a select few schools across Wales to shape the curriculum for the future. We push the limits of technology at YBE and have a great team working hard to bring latest technologies and innovation into the classroom. We can’t wait to see where we can take this!

Find out more here


Summer Tech-Dojo – Rhyl 2015

Come and learn all about the fun and exciting things you can do with a Raspberry Pi. There will be a range of activities including hacking Minecraft using Python and creating an artificially intelligent chatbot.

This event is aimed at 10 year olds and above, if your child is younger than 10, please contact the event organiser prior to booking.

Each day is exactly the same so you only need to book your child on to one of the days as places are limited therefore BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL ON ONE OF THE DAYS ONLY. 

Parents/carers are encouraged to attend with their child however only a child place needs to be booked.

The Rhyl Tech-Dojo will run for 3 dates in July, please book using one of the links below.

Monday 27th July 2015 10am – 2pm

Tuesday 28th July 2015 10am – 2pm

Wednesday 29th July 2015 10am – 2pm

Introduction to Programming Using Computer Craft in Minecraft


I’ve been messing around with ComputerCraft for a while now and I think it’s a great mod for Minecraft. Recently I’ve been working on a series of lessons to introduce programming using this mod and in particular the programmable turtles and terminals.

I’ve created a series of 7 lessons:

  1. Command line and Conditionals
  2. Variables and Boolean Logic
  3. Logical Expressions
  4. While and For Loops
  5. Functions
  6. ComputerCraft Communications
  7. Programming Challenges

The lessons can be run on any version of Minecraft with the ComputerCraft mod installed. There is also an accompanying map you could use with programming challenge stations set up.

The lessons are on GitHub and the link to the map can be found on the main page.

I hope you find the lessons useful, please send feedback via Twitter @MrAHeard

As always, enjoy! 🙂

Happy Halloween, Frozen Style!

With Frozen seemingly taking over the planet and indeed our household, it was no surprise that when I asked the children what kind of pumpkin we should carve this year, my two year old daughter immediately said “Frozen pumpkin!”

So with Pinterest as our guide the only digital bit about this task, (the iPad clearly visible in the background as our muse) we set about on our carving mission!

The children really enjoyed watching us make it, and even set about drawing Olaf, hopefully the trick or treaters tonight will enjoy it just as much!


PumpkinPi – Raspberry Pi powered Pumpkin

I got the Halloween stuff out of the loft today in preparation for the scary end to October. I decided to get a bit creative with a few LEDs, a speaker, a Rasbperry Pi, a Pibrella, and of course a large plastic pumpkin.

What followed was a mini-make session where I mounted a battery powered pi on the back of the pumpkin and wired up to a button ready to scare any unsuspecting trick or treaters!


Smacky Cars in Scratch

If you haven’t seen the new game called Smacky Cars on the AppStore it won’t be long until you do. On the playability and annoy-ability front, think Flappy Bird with cars!

Smacky Cars

The aim of the game is to dodge the cars as they come whizzing towards you. I only saw this game last nigth and straight away got my Scratch skills out to see if I could remix it a little.

Here is the final product, feel free to remix it on the Scratch site, I tried it out with some Year 7’s today and they loved it!!

Let me know what you think.

As always, enjoy 🙂