Robot: Done!

A few weeks ago I posted about my latest programming assignment which required me and my group to programme a robot we built to carry out a series of levels. This basically meant it would have to be able to detect a box and move it into a specified position. Well, we did it! The assignment is finished and submitted and hopefully we’ve passed!

For any of you that want to know exactly what we do, here are the videos of my groups’ final demonstrations of the project:

Don’t lose it!

So here we are, heading into the last week of first year teaching for me, and for all of you in 6th form or college, no doubt fast approaching a pile of deadlines and exams. So, what could be the worst thing that could possibly happen on the day of a coursework deadline? I think we’d all agree that a corrupt memory stick or other external storage device, a few hours before a deadline, would be possibly the worst thing to happen…and this did indeed happen to a group in my class on Friday, leaving them with a good few hours of extra work to make up for the lost progress!

I’ve had this happen to me a few times before, and I’ve had not only memory sticks, but internal and external hard drives fail, losing all the data on them…so since just before I started university I’ve been using online storage websites to back up my work. I started with, but found it wasn’t the most user friendly site – you have to physically go to the site and upload the work to be backed up, and let’s face it, no one is going to always remember to do that. So now I use a combination of dropbox and sugarsync to store just about every important file I have, and these two have the added advantage of including applications which automatically back up files as they are saved from your main computer.

With DropBox, you get a 2GB account free at this link: and then a bonus if you use a college or university account, and further 500MB bonuses every time you invite someone to the site.

With Sugar Sync you get a 5GB account free at this link: and then again a 500MB bonus for any friend you invite.

Peter Tatchell

This might be of interest to any of you that live near to Edge Hill, or are going to be around visiting at the start of May.

I’m part of the LGBT society at Edge Hill, and recently we’ve been trying to organise a few events to raise our profile around the uni. This started with a bake sale to raise money, but we’ve managed to arrange for Peter Tatchell (a human rights campaigner) to come and give a public lecture for us on the 9th of May.

Peter Tatchell Lecture Poster

Peter Tatchell Lecture

If anyone is interested in attending then book a place (for free!) at

Decisions, decisions….

Well, that’s it, I’ve officially chosen which modules I’ve taken next year and have my provisional timetable!

I know a lot of you might have chosen a specific pathway when you’ve applied through UCAS, and that would mean that you won’t have a huge amount of choice when it comes to module choices this time next year, which is exactly what I thought when I applied for Web Systems Development. But, because of the way the course at Edge Hill is set out, everyone does the same work in first year, which means you can still pick any modules or pathway you want at the end of 1st year, even if its different to the one you first applied for.

So, I’ve decided to transfer from Web Systems Development to Computing (which is really easy – just one form!) and I’m taking these modules:

  • Graduate Enterprise
  • Research and Development Methods
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Physical Computing – Input and Output

This means that I can still carry on with some Programming, which I have been enjoying this semester, but also cover other topics at the same time, as I am still not sure what I want to actually do after my degree!!