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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Last Thursday, the Eco Group got together in the evening in order to show of some of our work to some of the visiting parents for the open evening. The student outcome was great with about 15 of us there all working different stations and all showing off some great projects to next year's potential year 7s and their parents! 
I, personally, was working the EcoTech station in which we were showing off the Raspberry Pi microcomputers and their functionalities that we will be taking advantage of in order to carry out a variety of projects such as an automatic irrigation system for the vertical garden, creation of a live video feed of the garden and also a solar powered (Raspberry Pi hosted) cloud server. The parents were also thrilled to hear that we are planning on visiting local primary schools to share our knowledge of using the Raspberry Pis and teach the younger generations how to use them so that they can help us out upon joining our school next year!
Overall, the evening was a success and we can't wait to participate in similar activities in the years to come!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

After the ill-fated summit hosted in Copenhagen five years ago, more action has been called for to tackle Climate Change. After protests happening all over the world this month, world leaders finally felt the urge to discuss plans for change. 
On Monday, around 120 leaders from all over the world came together for a Climate Change summit called by UN Secretary Ban Ki Moon. After personally attending the protest in Chicago, which saw over 300,000 people take to the streets earlier in the week, Ban stated “this is the planet where our subsequent generations will live. There is no plan B because we do not have planet B”. 
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio also attended the summit as UN Climate Change Representative, stating “as an actor I pretend for a living. I play fictitious characters often solving fictitious problems. I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were a fiction, happening to someone else’s planet, as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.” 
 For more information and updates on the Climate Change Summit, check out this website and also be sure to watch this space!

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Earlier today, I was delighted to hear that the camera module for the Raspberry Pi had arrived for a project I am carrying out in order for a live video feed of our solar garden to be accessible from anywhere in the world. I plan on achieving the final result of this project through the use of the Raspberry Pi's camera module along with a live streaming service which can be embedded onto this website. 
Currently, I am working on configuring the camera to work with the Pi and I will soon move onto the internet side of things which requires a lot of complex procedures to be carried out. I will be sure to keep you updated on the progress of the project, along with a variety of other projects, via our Twitter feed, our Facebook page and, of course, via this website. Stay tuned for more information!