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PTC was Jam Packed! Offering Computing Skills to the Community

A big computing event took place at PTC on 30th and 31st January 2015  - "Jam Packed" 


PTC were  “Jam Packed” with Computing Skills to bring to the Community

We are delighted to announce that our "Jam Packed" events held here on Friday and Saturday (30th and 31st January) were a massive success -  “Jam Packed” with people interested in learning computing skills.

Jam Packed was a two day computing festival for our community which offered three different events for teachers, pupils, schools, families and local community. There was no cost to participants for taking part.

Alan O'Donohoe and his team joined PTC on Friday 30th January (day time) as students from PTC and Hob Green Primary and teachers participated in a full day’s computer roadshow - Hack To The Future. 


Alan's team planned and lead the workshops and activities throughout the day.  


Teachers from PTC and other local schools joined in the activities with the students from PTC and Hob Green Primary School to gain valuable expereince in the delivery of Computer Science.    


Special guest Peter Lowe, Leader of Dudley Council and Cllr Hanif can to see how the event was going and were really impressed by the level of engagement in all particpants across Year's 7-10 and thje Primary school children  and the general buzz in school.



Peter Lowe, Leader of Dudley Council and Clly Hanif call in to learn all about our Jam Packed event, during our daytime Hack to the Future session on Friday 30th  January.



 On the Friday evening 6:00-9:00pm, we hosted Family Hack Jam.   Here families and friends from the community competed in a 3 hour "hackathon". No previous experience was required, a basic introduction to problem solving using Computing tools was given and then teams were asked to collaborate to create a solution to the problem.





Member of staff and student ambassadors from Halesowen College attended Family Hack Jam




This is then followed by presentations and prize giving.  







On Saturday 31st January 10:30am -3:30pm it was Raspberry Jam: Anyone with a passion or interest in Computing could join in the fun!. The Raspberry Jam offered a blend of workshops,  demonstrations, talks and exhibitions. Particpants came from far and wide to share ideas and learn more about the Reaspberry Pi computer, 3D printing, coding, Google Glass and more.










MP for Stourbridge, Margot James and fellow councellors joined Raspberry Jam to find out more about this important community event. 

Ms James also visited Pedmore's WW1 Literacy Project display  in our Independant Learning Centre and met Kumon Educational Instructor Lisa Sheldon as Kumon classess also take place here at our school on Saturday's.  

Mr Lloyd, our Headteacher said, “Jam Packed has been a fantastic success here at Pedmore Technology College.  There was a real buzz in the school throughout Friday and Saturday as families, students, teachers, IT professionals and enthusiasts mixed together to share skills, ideas and fun.  Everyone learnt something new, whether it was how to approach problem-solving and using code, to using a Raspberry Pi computer to make a computer game and more, to seeing and using a 3D printer, to trying out Google glass and much more.  We were delighted with the number of people who flooded through our doors and this event’s success has given us ideas for hosting more community events at Pedmore in the future”.


Jam Packed is non-profit programme being funded in the main by grants from the DfE, The Raspberry Pi Foundation, and RM Education limited together with a number of other organisations. For more details of Jam Packed go to