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Raspberry Pi Full Stack: Replacing Upstart with systemd for autostarting uwsgi

In the course Raspberry Pi Full Stack, which was published in 2015, I opted for Minibian instead of Raspbian. At the time, Minibian was the best option for a minimal headless operating system, that was still based on Debian (as is Raspbian). One of the components of the web application that we...
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What is the Learn-Test-Do approach in learning?

There are so many ways to go about teaching Arduino, or using the Arduino to tech other topics, that is impossible for me to suggest a specific path that will specifically suit an individual teacher. But I can write about what I believe can work for a lot of teachers, and the path that I...
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STEMiverse 0002 - Julija McDowell and TinkerTank

In this episode of STEMiverse, Marcus and I talk with Julija McDowell. Julija and her husband Nicholas are the founders of TinkerTank, a creativity and collaboration space in beautiful Manly, just out of Sydney, Australia. At TinkerTank, Julija, and her mentor collaborators offer STEAM...
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STEMiverse 0003 - Pasi Suhonen and lifelong learning

In this episode of STEMiverse, Marcus and I talk with Pasi Suhonen. Pasi is a Maker from Finland. By day, he is a customer-facing engineer at Rohde & Schwarz Finland, a German telecomunications company based in Munich, Germany. At any other time, Pasi is a tinkerer and life long...
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STEMiverse 0004 - Chris Johnson & Keith Burston: the art and engineering of Mechano

In this episode of STEMiverse, Marcus and I talk with Chris Johnson and Keith Burton. Both Chris and Keith are retired academics with a love for technology and education. They have teamed up to create large constructions using Mechano blocks and Arduino-powered electronics. They take...
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STEMiverse 0005 - Keith Heggart and community makerspaces

In this episode of STEMiverse, Marcus and I talk with Keith Heggart. Keith is an Academic at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the University of Western Sydney. He is an Organiser at the NSW Independent Education Union, expecting a PhD in Citizen Education and Critical Pedagogy...
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STEMiverse 0006 - Jorge DeSousa Pires on knowing your students

In this episode of STEMiverse, Marcus and I talk with Professor Jorge De Sousa Pires. Jorge is a retired associate professor. He was a researcher and senior lecturer at Uppsala University. He was also the Research and Education manager of Apple Sweden from 1988 onwards, and in 1996 he joined...
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STEMiverse 0007 - Tim Heinecke on student engagement

In this episode of STEMiverse, Marcus and I talk with Tim Heineke. Tim is a former Physical Education teacher, and has been wondering about the art and practice of student engagement. In fact, he founded the Student Engagement Institute, based in Sydney Australia, to explore what it takes to...
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STEMiverse 0008 - John Burfoot and the magic of Lego

In this episode of STEMiverse, Marcus and I talk with John Burfoot. John is a STEM robotics teacher and trainer. He is a Science and STEAM specialist in the state of NSW in Australia, for primary schools. He also facilitates and delivers technology workshops through the MacICT Innovations...
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STEMiverse 0009 - Ben Newsome and interactive science

In this episode of STEMiverse, Marcus and I talk with Ben Newsome. Ben Newsome is the founder of Fizzics Education, a company that specialises in delivering interactive science workshops and shows. Through Fizzics Education, Ben reaches around 300,000 children each year, in person or via...
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