North Devon Homes Summer Fayre

On the 31st of July 2019 North Devon Homes celebrated their Summer Fayre with its residents at Barnstaple Rugby Club. Residents from far and wide turned up to enjoy the event.

The Positive People team was there in full force with representatives from both the digital and change coach team to explain what support could be offered to through Positive People.

To help entice people to the tent there was a BeeBot challenge for the children and the connected home on display for the adults.

BeeBots are programmable robots used in schools to support the teaching of programming. Children learn to input a full program of moves into the robot so that when they press go the robot will make the moves continuously. This is the start to programming language and develops further into the world of computer programming.

The challenge for the BeeBots was to escape the maze. A lot of people started by putting in each instruction and then pressing go. This caused lots of BeeBot crashing in the maze as the instructions add on and don’t start afresh unless you press cancel.

Once the instructions were organised and input in the right order. BeeBots were escaping the maze all over and over again winning their instructor a lollypop.

The connected home allowed the residents to see how the world of digital connection can improve their lives. A lot of the residents were familiar with the Amazon Echo and the ability to use voice control. However, a lot of people were interested in the digital doorbell and the ability to turn lights on and off.

Around the rest of the fayre were a range of fun and games, including a Petting Zoo with Donkey Rides, Rock Climbing, Football area, Art and Craft zone and a Digital Zone. The importance of recycling was highlighted by the ability to refill water bottles and reusable coffee mugs being used for hot drinks.

Overall it was a great day for all in the summer and the rain held off till the end of the day.