CoderDojo Youths: Harvey’s Favourite & Latest Projects

Harvey, a 14 year old Dojo attendee from Dublin, has been part of CoderDojo for the last 5 years. Here he tells us about joining CoderDojo, his favourite projects and advice for other coders starting out:


Joining CoderDojo

My dad is a programmer and I have been interested in programming from a very young age. I joined CoderDojo aged 9, when it started at the Science Gallery TCD.  This Dojo has since moved venue, and is now CoderDojo @ 3GCQ in Dublin’s silicon docks. CoderDojo has definitely helped me to learn programming quicker. I have found that CoderDojo is also a great way to make new friends and meet people who have the same interests as myself. Other hobbies of mine include Drama and Archery.

Projects

One of my favourite projects that I have made is Selfies.Camera which allowed anyone with an IP Camera automatically tweet photos in response to a hashtag – when you tweeted with a hashtag the camera would take a picture and tweet it back to you instantly.  Amazingly it was also featured at SXSW & TechCrunch Distrupt NY and even tested by Mike Butcher chief editor of TechCrunch.

My most recent project was CoderDojo startups, which won a special award at Coolest Projects 2016, I made a video about it which you can see below:

 

Another small project I made over summer was putting a Raspberry Pi Zero on a Kite and transmitting an FM Signal on 107.9MHZ( An amazing capability of the Raspberry Pi. ), I made a very basic antenna out of wire. I put a small USB battery pack on the kite to power the Raspberry Pi. The transmission actually went 1.5Km ( and I am sure that I could improve that), Here is a video of it in action!

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Currently I am working on an IOS game, Written in Apples swift language. You can a screenshot of it here->

 

My first programming language was Python, My second programming language was Java which I basically learned by trying to make Minecraft mods. I am a programmer and I believe that in the future I will have my own innovative technology business.

My advice to other young coders? I think that people starting out should try to make a project rather than just following tutorials.

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Harvey’s Raspberry Pi Flying FM Transmitter


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Jean Conniffe says

Brilliant Harvey...you are a star and shining brighter all the time.