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June 27, 2016

Shrimping Clocks

The teaching of computer science in schools has taken on far greater importance in recent years as teachers and the education sector recognise the importance it offers for young people in future careers. Cefn Hoile has been involved in this for a number of years with the Shrimp, a piece of Arduino compatible open source hardware, which has been used to create simple programmable projects such as alarm clocks and games.

Shrimp Unary Clock

Cefn Hoile’s project is aimed at taking the existing workshop formats, that have been used previously, and breaking them down into a format that can fit into shorter sessions to suit the length of a typical school class lesson. This, he had hoped, would provide more access for teachers to tools such as The Shrimp and provide lessons learned for the University on how to better engage with school and college students.

Thanks to his close work with Morecambe High School, Cefn has experienced considerable success on the delivery of the project. He has been able to produce simplified projects that fit within the school timetable requirements, which has allowed gradual progression of projects from simple LED light controls to complex, multi LED air painting.

The collaboration with Morecambe High School has produced an impressive output, making use of a popular childhood construction material (Lego). The result, “Beginner’s LUCK (Lego Unary Clock Kit)” is now on show as a time piece in The Exchange gallery in Morecambe. This kit has now been shared with a community of testers in the local area and has been met with approval. The testers have taken this kit and developed more ambitious and elegant ideas for their clocks!

Work on the project will be continuing in the Summer Term with the pupils at Morecambe High School and we look forward to seeing their latest innovations!

Find out more about Cefn’s project