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Kookie Spookie Halloween Pi

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The Edge team is hosting an exciting Halloween workshop series this October!

Dubbed 'Kookie Spookie Halloween Pi' this is an awesome opportunity to spend hours in the Fabrication Lab, creating and programming your very own practical Halloween effects.

Starting on Saturday 3 October and running each Saturday for 4 weeks, this hands-on, interdisciplinary workshop series involves basic programming.

Over four weeks, you'll learn how to use and program a Raspberry Pi for your custom scare, triggering interaction through media, lights and visual effects.

Regular Edge Facilitator, Lachlan Curry has also developed a Raspberry Pi Hat for those with very basic ICT literacy. A 'hat' is a specially designed board which connects directly onto the Raspberry Pi and with Scratch, the user can design, make and code a variety of classic Halloween animatronic interactions.

Screen shot of the Scratch code for this interaction
The Halloween Pi Hat design ready to be sent off for production. Sign up for the workshops to be one of the first to play with this brand new bit of kit!

The Halloween Pi Hat will eventually be released by The Edge under a Creative Commons License. It includes inputs for a range of switches and sensors that can be coded in Scratch, including sound and animation as well as a variety outputs connections including relays attached to lights, motors or other practical effects.

The ultrasonic sensor used in this installation sends out an inaudible ping and "listens" to see if this has bounced off anything (several times every second). If it senses something in front of it, the hat sends a signal that triggers an animation and sound in Scratch.

Early enrolment is encouraged and the participation fee is $250 including all required materials.

The workshops will run on Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th October 2014, from 12pm to 4pm.

To make a booking, please click here.

Please note this workshop is suitable for participants aged 16 and over.

For more information, please visit

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Where: The Edge, State Library of Queensland
Cost: $250
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