Hands on education

The theme of this hackday was lockdown collaboration. I chose to interpret this as including anything that could be a homeschool project I could involve my 9 and 15 year old co-workers in. I’d had an idea that could incorporate geography, electronics, computing and music which seemed like a pretty good start.

The initial plan was inspired by the sites http://radio.garden/ and https://radiooooo.com/ both of which allow the user to play music from around the world by searching on a map. …

For our latest Hackday collaboration with the Science Museum, I was looking at the collections API and wondering what I could do with this data when I remembered a small display I had seen in the wonderfully eclectic Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow. This little display case featured seemingly unconnected pairs of objects where each item of the pair was in some way the opposite of the other.

I decided to use the Science Museum data to build my own Cabinet of Opposites.

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Science Museum and Cogapp teams at our joint hackday in Brighton

The first thing to identify was what data I could use to compare between objects. It seemed that with a little coercion to convert all objects to use the same units and extract the longest side from a set of dimensions, I would be able to compare size, weight and age. …

Ahead of Brighton Talent Fest next week, here’s three Cogapp developers talking about their interesting journeys to make a career out of coding, and offering tips for anyone looking to break into the world of software development.

Featuring Vicki Tingle, Kevin Cunningham and recent starter James Waterfield.

This is the first ever Cogapp podcast. Let us know if you like it, and we might do another one.

Listen now using your preferred podcast app, or simply listen right here in your browser via Soundcloud.





Prefer to read rather than listen?

If you’re thinking about a career in digital, come along to the Wired Sussex Talent Fest and meet plenty of people who can give you guidance, including us! …



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