Collage of images showing robot assemblyToday we started building a robot from Makeblock. A small group carefully dismantled it (it had already been assembled) and started putting it into a different configuration, a mobile arm with grabber. Next time we hope to finish the construction and start programming it!

Starting Saturday 7th October, and full timetable

Our first session for this year will be Saturday October 7th at 10am. As usual we ask people to book (free) tickets through the calendar on the right so we can anticipate numbers.

After checking the school calendar, public holidays, etc.,  we’ve drawn up the following list of dates that CoderDojo Athy will be running. Tickets for all dates are available now.

October: 7, 14, 21
November: 11, 18, 25
December: 2, 9
January: 13, 20, 27
February: 3, 24
March: 3, 10
April: 14, 21, 28

Machine learning tutorial

In our Python session today we had a go at using scikit-learn to identify handwritten digits. There’s a sample set of 1797 digits built into scikit-learn itself we can use to try this out quite quickly.

Jupyter notebooks are a really nice way to interactively work with Python, so I’ve written up a tutorial about identifying handwritten digits as a Jupyter notebook. You can see it here: