SASNS CoderDojo


SASNSCoderDojo was launched today on

Click on the logo and check it out!


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Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+

My Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ arrived today. The packaging has become more economical since its launch back in 2012. The original arrived foam packed in a sturdy cardboard box along with an instruction booklet and above all in an anti-static bag.

No such luck with the latest arrival. It arrived floating around in a light card mini snack box with no anti-static bag.


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Ghost Post

I inadvertently re-launched a June 2nd 2017 post yesterday by changing the images from png to jpeg.  Sorry for the Ghost Post. I was informed last Friday that the png images were not showing in some browsers so I converted the non-obliging images to jpeg.

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WordCamp Dublin 2017

Great weekend in DCU at WordCamp Dublin 2017 with bloggers, entertainers, entrepreneurs, teachers, etc, etc. Two days of networking, workshops and talks. Expert hosted Help Desk. Free exchange of ideas, methods and tech tips. It was great to meet everybody in the flesh. 

Check out the WordCamp Dublin 2017 photos on Flickr.    


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UCD CoderDojo Raspberry Pi Demo

Three queries arose after my Raspberry Pi demo at the first session of the UCD CoderDojo for the 2017/18 academic year at the UCD Innovation Academy. The first question related to the cost and availability of the Pi 3 “in the shops”. The second query/discussion was about the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s alliance with the CoderDojo Foundation and what it would mean for volunteers and members of the dojos. And finally, the third inquiry took place when the session finished and I was putting my gear away. One very enthusiastic father wanted to know where he could buy an AstroPi case. 

As far as I am aware the cases are not available for sale from any source. But I could be wrong. I have only seen two homemade cases in the flesh and both of them bore no resemblance to the unit in use on the space station. The unit manufactured for the space mission was custom-made to the highest tolerances. I did attempt to have the ESA Pi 3 model featured in the above video 3D printed but it was far too expensive. However, I will investigate the possibility of having one run off at the UCD Innovation Academy. The above video goes through all the steps to 3D print the case in various forms for models 2 and 3. Enjoy!


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BBC Micro:bit board Irish Resellers


I have been in conversation over the last few days with 4 teachers who are experiencing back-to-school misery and frustration with their efforts to source and purchase BBC micro:bits in Ireland.   

Maplin is the only listed BBC micro:bit reseller in the Republic of Ireland on the micro:bit website. I have purchased from Maplin Shops in Dublin since they were established. However, I would not order the BBC Micro:bit board through the Maplin Irish website. The UK listed price of £12.99 is now advertised at €19.45 on the Irish Maplin site.  I can only presume that the VAT difference and the Irish so called “FREE “Delivery is in fact a next day courier service to merit the inflated Irish price. We live on an island – not on the moon.

Farnell element14 seemed to have dropped the ball in Ireland. Apparently, they are only interested in bulk orders and refer the would-be customer to CPC Ireland Farnell which is based in Preston. CPC Ireland Farnell charge for handling for every item instead of one charge when the shopping cart is processed. They also push multiples on certain products but the final insult is the notice above the invoice which reads  . . . 

  • For international orders please contact our Export Coordinator at . . . 
  • Export orders cannot be processed on the website. All Export deliveries are subject to freight and restrictions.

Check out for a comprehensive stock list of STEAM products for the Irish market.

Radionics Ireland  is based in Dublin 12 since I was a child. Unfortunately, they do not have the BBC micro:bit agency but they do offer a small discount to schools for multiple purchase of the same item. They have an excellent Raspberry Pi range of accessories in stock.

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