Last Saturday was the Linux User & Developer Raspberry Jam event at Poole RNLI college. I took the tank, of course, and Joseph too — worrying all the while that he’d be the youngest kid there by about ten years, and he’d get bored within half an hour.

How wrong I was.

We eventually escaped almost an hour after the scheduled end of the event, once Joseph and the other kids — many his age — had had their fill of Minecraft and the Raspberry Tank.

The Minecraft Coding Workshop. Picture by @rhiancarter

Along the way we’d met the awesome people from PiBorg with their much more impressive RPi tank, along with robot arm-wielding BigTraks and 3D LED matrices. We’d done a show-and-tell session, drunk a lot of coffee, and most importantly been part of a room of 20+ kids all learning to code for the first time using Python and Minecraft.

It was really an amazing thing to see and be part of, and my heartfelt thanks go out to the organisers from Linux User for hosting a fantastic day!

Here’s the kids playing with our tank: