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A team walk around Red Hill

My team at work is trying to get a bit more active, so a contingent from the Canberra portion of the team went for a walk around Red Hill. I managed to sneak in a side trip to Davidson trig, but it was cheating because it was from the car park at the top of the hill. A nice walk, with some cool geocaches along the way.

 

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Tags for this post: blog pictures 20150629-davidson photo canberra bushwalk
Related posts: Goodwin trig; Big Monks; Geocaching; Confessions of a middle aged orienteering marker; A quick walk through Curtin; Narrabundah trig and 16 geocaches

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Syndicated 2015-06-29 15:38:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Yet another possible cub walk

Jacqui and Catherine kindly agreed to come on another test walk for a possible cub walk. This one was the Sanctuary Loop at Tidbinbilla. To be honest this wasn't a great choice for cubs -- whilst being scenic and generally pleasant, the heavy use of black top paths and walkways made it feel like a walk in the Botanic Gardens, and the heavy fencing made it feel like an exhibit at a zoo. I'm sure its great for a weekend walk or for tourists, but if you're trying to have a cub adventure its not great.

                                       

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Tags for this post: blog pictures 20150620-tidbinbilla photo canberra bushwalk
Related posts: Goodwin trig; Big Monks; Geocaching; Confessions of a middle aged orienteering marker; A quick walk through Curtin; Narrabundah trig and 16 geocaches

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Syndicated 2015-06-20 02:20:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Further adventures in the Jerrabomberra wetlands

There was another walk option for cubs I wanted to explore at the wetlands, so I went back during lunch time yesterday. It was raining really quite heavily during this walk, but I still had fun. I think this route might be the winner -- its a bit longer, and a bit more interesting as well.

                                       

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Related posts: Goodwin trig; Big Monks; Geocaching; Confessions of a middle aged orienteering marker; A quick walk through Curtin; Narrabundah trig and 16 geocaches

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Syndicated 2015-06-18 16:01:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

Exploring possible cub walks

I've been exploring possible cub walks for a little while now, and decided that Jerrabomberra Wetlands might be an option. Most of these photos will seem a bit odd to readers, unless you realize I'm mostly interested in the terrain and its suitability for cubs...

                                 

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Tags for this post: blog pictures 20150617-jerrabomerra_wetlands photo canberra bushwalk
Related posts: Goodwin trig; Big Monks; Geocaching; Confessions of a middle aged orienteering marker; A quick walk through Curtin; Narrabundah trig and 16 geocaches

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Syndicated 2015-06-16 21:35:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

More coding club

This is the second post about the coding club at my kid's school. I was away for four weeks travelling for work and then getting sick, so I am still getting back up to speed with what the kids have been up to while I've been away. This post is an attempt to gather some resources that I hope will be useful during the session today -- it remains to be seen how this maps to what the kids actually did while I was away.

First off, the adults have decided to give Python for Kids a go as a teaching resource. The biggest catch with this book is that its kind of expensive -- at AUD $35 a copy, we can't just issue a copy to every kid in the room. That said, perhaps the kids don't each need a copy, as long as the adults are just using it as a guide for what things to cover.

It appears that while I was away chapters 1 through 4 have been covered. 1 is about install python, and then 2-3 are language construct introductions. This is things like what a variable is, mathematical operators, strings, tuples and lists. So, that's all important but kind of dull. On the other hand, chapter 4 covers turtle graphics, which I didn't even realize that python had a module for.

I have fond memories of doing logo graphics as a kid at school. Back in my day we'd sometimes even use actual robots to do some of the graphics, although most of it was simulated on Apple II machines of various forms. I think its important to let the kids of today know that these strange exercises they're doing used to relate to physical hardware that schools actually owned. Here are a couple of indicative pictures stolen from the Internet:





So, I think that's what we'll keep going with this week -- I'll let the kids explain where they got to with turtle graphics and then we'll see how far we can take that without it becoming a chore.

Tags for this post: coding_club kids coding python turtle graphics logo
Related posts: Coding club day one: a simple number guessing game in python; JPEG 2 MPEG howto; Graphics from the command line; Implementing SCP with paramiko; Packet capture in python; I'm glad I've turned on comments here

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Syndicated 2015-06-04 19:35:00 from stillhq.com : Mikal, a geek from Canberra living in Silicon Valley (no blather posts)

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