At the Mozilla Festival 2016, on the Saturday afternoon, the Tiles for Tales workshop ran as part of the Youth Zone Activities at the festival. The Technology Volunteers and collaborators spent a very busy Saturday afternoon with people of all ages, helping them to create their own interactive tile.
Workshop participants designed a tile using felt and cardboard to represent a character or scene, adding LEDs, wiring and a processor (based on the ESP8266) giving wifi control of the tile. The LEDs on the tiles are then controlled using ScratchX, a variant of Scratch.
The range of work produced by workshop participants was fantastic, we were stunned by the creativity of the tiles created, and were delighted to exhibit them on Sunday at the Mozfest Demo Fair. We met up with friends from the Coventry Coderdojo, and also Warwick Alumni attending the festival.
The Festival was a great experience for us, and we really enjoyed being part of the Youth Zone activities. The Youth Zone at Mozfest was co-ordinated by Dorrine Flies and Andrew Mulholland, who ensured there was a wide variety of creative activities over the festival weekend for young people.