posted 17 Aug 2013, 06:16 by Peter Lowe   [ updated 6 Feb 2017, 02:35 ]

OpenTDD is an enterprise simulation game in which players try to earn money via transporting passengers and freight by road, rail, water and air. We use this game for Enterprise Education and to build parent/child communication and cooperation.

duplicates most features of Transport Tycoon Deluxe and has many additions, including a range of map sizes, support for many languages, custom (user-made) artificial intelligence (AI) and downloadable customisations. It has ports for several widely used operating systems. and a more user-friendly interface than Transport Tycoon Deluxe. OpenTTD also baosts a more user-friendly interface local area network (LAN), multiplayer capabilities (co-operative and competitive) and a gaming experience for up to 255 players all within 15 separate, in game, companies (17 players per company). We normally play with two people (parent/child  per company (30 people tops!

OpenTDD is played in a spirit of cooperation and friendly Social Enterprise at The Quaker Meeting House in Welwyn Garden City, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to Noon. We are neurodiversity friendly, and welcome parents and children of all abilities from noobs to the highly experienced.

Biodiversity Garden

posted 15 Oct 2009, 01:24 by Peter Lowe   [ updated 22 Oct 2013, 04:48 ]

Our biodiversity Garden, which includes R.H.S. recommended plants for pollinators and larval food plants for butterflies and moths will open shortly at a school in Hertfordshire. Our Biodiversity Garden is used to teach both Practical Horticulture Skills (7573-11 and 7573-02) and Employability & Personal Development (7546) and more details can be found at http://www.youngco-operatives.coop/Members/Assurability-Cooperative-Community-Interest-Company

Python 3.6

posted 13 Oct 2009, 00:58 by Peter Lowe   [ updated 31 Jan 2017, 05:32 ]

 Python Turtle GraphicsThere are now 10 lessons here, specifically but not exclusively, for the neurodiverse community. These lessons build all the programming knowledge necessary for OCR Computer Science (J27602): I have tried and tested all of the coding that appears within these lessons. I can guarantee they all work with Python 3.6.


'Protect Your Park' through Social Enterprise

posted 13 Oct 2009, 00:58 by Peter Lowe   [ updated 25 Jan 2017, 14:11 ]

The UK's parks are close to crisis point, campaigners have warned, after a report revealed public green spaces were facing budget cuts, staff losses and in some cases being sold off.

Research shows that 86% of parks managers have seen cuts to their budgets since 2010, a trend they expect to continue over the next three years.

As a result, park cafes and toilets could close or have reduced opening hours, grass could be left uncut and flowerbeds empty, and play areas could be cleaned and inspected less often, the study said.

Almost half of local authorities (46%) are considering selling parks and green spaces or transferring their management to others, which could lead to the loss of part or all of some parks, the report from the Heritage Lottery Fund said.

In addition, four-fifths (81%) of council parks departments have lost skilled management staff since 2010 and almost as many (77%) have lost frontline staff.


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