Hijacking… piano pedals

Hijacking slightly because there’s a project that’s so cool

This year, I’ve run a Code Club for some primary kids. For weeks, some of them have been designing a slide clicker out of the metal piano pedal using a Makey Makey invention kit (lots of fun).

On Sunday, we tested it, with Pi-pal Chris as the ‘volunteer’ tester. I made a blog entry with some pics/video. Basically, Chris wears a grounding strap and can tap the slides on with the pedal, or go back with a play doh button – as you do…

Blog entry is here

We’re Baaack…

Fraser here (the programmer).

I was updating my own website, and remembered about Pi-Wire. I hadn’t though about this in aaages!


When we started Pi-Wire, I was a programmer/PhD student. I really didn’t think that five years later, I’d be a teacher too. Next month, I start as a newly-minted NQT in computing science. Pi-mate Chris suggested one of my first lessons could be Pi-Wire…

I also tweet (a bit) as @mrmckaycomp.

We’ve created other maths software since, called the Discombobulator, which we should really blog about here…

The MathTwitterBlogoSphere

The MathTwitterBlogoSphere (wisely abbreviated to #mtbos) is something that I’m keen to observe and dabble in where I can too. I love the idea of sharing Maths ideas, enthusiasm and geekery.

Me, Chris Smith

Me, Chris Smith

My name is Chris Smith, from Scotland and I write a weekly Maths newsletter which goes out by email to over 500 Maths lovers across the planet (you could join them too of course…just email aap03102 at gmail.com).

Because of that I am kind of reluctant to start a full-blown blog as I think I’d inevitably reduce the quality of the newsletter. So I’m kind of cheating by hi-jacking this website which hosts a super-cool programme Pi-Wire that my friend Fraser and I created to help visualise every genuine Maths-fan’s constant (a wee flavour of what it does can be found here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=890mMr3KIzk).

Please check Pi-Wire out and I’m looking forward to the missions of the #mitbos project…It’ll be insπring!

Oh, I’m also on twitter (@aap03102).