Raspberry (and more) Jam!

Sat, September 29
10:00 am - 3:00 pm


All Microcontrollers Welcome!

September 29 // 10 AM – 3 PM

We had a wonderful time at the Raspberry Jam! Links to project details, slides, and other information are included in the schedule below. Thanks for coming and making it great! See you again next year!

Our Raspberry Jam is a place for the community to share knowledge, learn new things, and meet other people interested in the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, micro:Bit, ESP32, or any other microcontroller you might use. At the Jam you can find out more about microcontrollers, learn what you can do with them, and meet like-minded people.

There will be something for everyone at this free event. If you’re just getting started or an experienced maker, you’ll find interesting people and projects. All ages are welcome! Workshops are paced for adults and teens; if you are bringing a younger child please be prepared to work with them.

Thanks to MachineMetrics for sponsoring coffee, pastries, and lunch!


Do you have a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino, or another microcontroller, but not know what do with it? Bring it along and we’ll help you get started. Interested in classic retro games? Bring your Raspberry Pi and we’ll help with installing the software and game ROMS.

10:00 – 3:00 Microcontroller exhibits
Exhibits include a weather station, RetroPie gaming, secure your room with an Arduino keypad, a 1/20 scale Arduino CNC machine, a remote webcam, and a monitoring device for a vegetable oil heating system. Coffee and pastries compliments of MachineMetrics
10:00 – 11:00 Making with micro:bit
micro:bit is a tiny programmable computer, designed to make learning and teaching easy and fun! Space is limited, please register.
11:00 – 12:00 Exploring Arduino
Get started making your own creations with this board! Space is limited, please register.
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch and Discussion
Explore exhibits and talk with the makers. Lunch is sponsored by MachineMetrics
12:30 – 12:55 Programming Drones with Scratch
Richard Duncan shares his experiences with Scratch code and the DJI Tello drone.
1:00 – 1:25 Autonomous Bicycles
The future of transportation? Jacob Bashista discusses how to use computer vision and machine learning to make bicycles that can drive themselves.
1:30 – 1:55 Maple Sap Preheater
Always looking to optimize his maple syrup operation, Tom Silliman built this device to preheat the sap flowing into his evaporator. View Tom’s slides.
2:00 – 2:50 Environmental Controls for Beetle Rearing
In this collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kevin Hannon shares how they saved money by building this system to rear endangered beetles.

Want to Attend?

Please register below to let us know you’re coming. Registration for this event is free but we want to be able to plan for how many people will be attending. The morning workshops have a separate registration so that we have enough space and equipment.


There’s a lot going on. Feel free to get in touch. We are really excited about this Raspberry Jam and always love to talk. See you there!

Call for Projects

There is still time to submit your project to be at the Jam – it could be something small and simple or as complex as you like. Let us know!

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Ages: All ages




Bookings are closed for this event.

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3 comments for “Raspberry (and more) Jam!

  1. thomas grzybowski
    September 14, 2018 at 1:25 am

    Can I donate a Raspberry Pi?

    • Andrew
      September 14, 2018 at 8:28 am

      Yes! You can bring it to the Jam or drop it off at the MGHPCC any time at the front desk. Thank you!

  2. Spike McLarty
    September 29, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    Today’s Raspberry Jam was great! Inspiring, informative, energizing! And very fun.
    A big thank-you to Andrew and everybody who helped organize, and who attended, exhibited, and presented.
    +1 Would attend again.

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