Andy's Technology for the Bewildered and Little Squirts Water Rockets

Welcome to my website about my Water Rockets, Electronics and other projects.

This site started as a blog about launching Water Rockets, but has developed other strands as time goes on.

Find out what I've been up to recently on the Rocket Blog pages. For developments with the electronics systems see Avionics. Information about my own design of parachutes can be found on the Recovery Systems section, and there's also information about Launcher Systems. Sometimes a project might even me in a completely different section.

Rockets aren't all I do. You can also see what Other Projects I have been working on, including Raspberry Pi, Arduino and PICAXE. Check out my Arduino Karate Game - which I'm quite pleased with at the moment. I also love programming in Scratch as well as other platforms.

Water Rockets

Latest Rocket Blog

  • All the reports from what's been happening with my rockets recently.

  • LS08m assembled Following the completion of my new parachute pod with the micro:bit controller, I can assemble a new rocket; this one named LS08m, with the m standing for micro:bit ...
    Posted 10 Jan 2017, 08:16 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • New Parachute Module Time to build a new parachute module for my water rockets.This unit will combine the side releasing design I previously used with radio control, but this time use a ...
    Posted 4 Jan 2017, 05:46 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • St Denys' CF16 Midi Controller Repair The sound system at St Denys' Church in Rotherfield is remotely controlled by a Kenton CF16 MIDI controller. It's done many years of service, but recently has been sending ...
    Posted 13 Dec 2016, 12:53 by Andy Lakin-Hall
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Scratch

  • Scratch

    Scratch is a simple programming platform that anyone can use to make their own programs.

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  • Monkey Bonk Game Here's a game I've made in Scratch 1.4. Bash the monkeys to make them go down.See the code at https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/134733510/Or ...
    Posted 6 Dec 2016, 11:01 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Karate Scratch Game I shared this game on Scratch in March 2014, but only just remembered to blog about it.You can find the game at https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/19182824/How ...
    Posted 4 Dec 2016, 13:20 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Pumpkin Invaders As it's that time of year, I thought I'd write about making a pumpkin themed game - Pumpkin Invaders!Lets start with drawing a pumpkin. This is really easy ...
    Posted 4 Dec 2016, 13:25 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Can I Tell You A Joke? One of the features of Scratch which I use very little is the Lists function. Hidden away under the orange   section, the   function allows you you create a list of ...
    Posted 2 Oct 2015, 12:44 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Roman Palisade Attack We like to make Scratch projects that link to topic work we do in school, and this term Year 5 are learning about the Romans. Their Computing task is to ...
    Posted 8 Oct 2015, 13:21 by Andy Lakin-Hall
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Other Projects

Arduino and Shrimp


  • The Shrimp and Arduino
    Arduino is simple to work with for prototyping microcontroller projects. I have used Uno and Micro.
    The Shrimp circuit is an Arduino Uno substitute with a component cost of around one tenth the price of official Arduino boards.
  • Karate Handheld Game Complete A little while ago I partially completed the construction of my first serious Arduino project - to build a handheld electronic game like one I had when I was a kid ...
    Posted 10 Dec 2016, 05:10 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Nunchuck Labyrinth Game Project Now I know how to read data from the Wii Nunchuck, I thought I would try a (hopefully) simpler project that uses the X,Y control.I've already got ...
    Posted 30 Nov 2016, 02:27 by Andy Lakin-Hall
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micro:bit

  • The BBC micro:bit is simple to program and versatile for maker projects. Here's what I've been up to with mine...

  • Rocket Fill and Launch Program Here's the code I have created for the micro:bit installed in my water rocket as a parachute release mechanism.This is the second version of the code I ...
    Posted 4 Jan 2017, 04:47 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Controlling a Servo with micro:bit My next project is to control a Servo with the micro:bit.I already have a good micro Servo from my Arduino and PICAXE kit, and I've got a ...
    Posted 19 Dec 2016, 00:23 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Am I up or down? Here's a second script to detect whether the microbit is lying flat or lifted up.This script uses a variable, which I have called "pitch"The purple block rotation ...
    Posted 17 Dec 2016, 07:21 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Lift Me Up Here's a little code that makes an arrow appear on the matrix when the micro:bit is lifted up. I haven't worked out a way of getting a ...
    Posted 17 Dec 2016, 06:13 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Beginning to Code The micro:bit can be coded in many different ways, depending on what you like.As I'm familiar with Scratch and block-based programming, so I'm going to ...
    Posted 17 Dec 2016, 04:45 by Andy Lakin-Hall
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Raspberry Pi Project Blog

  • Here is the latest from my Raspberry Pi Project
  • Hack Horsham Raspberry Jam December 2016 Thanks to the Hack Horsham team for organising the December 2016 Raspberry Jam event yesterday. This was my first Raspberry Jam as an exhibitor, and I was unsure about whether ...
    Posted 12 Dec 2016, 02:40 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • Scratch Monkey Bonk Game for Raspberry Pi With my first Raspberry Jam as an exhibitor coming up I decided to develop this Scratch game for the Raspberry Pi. Now I can access the GPIO for Outputs and ...
    Posted 9 Dec 2016, 13:41 by Andy Lakin-Hall
  • GPIO pin confusion One of the things I've found with using the GPIO pins is getting confused about which pin to use.Now my bare Pi GPIO looks like thisThe thing ...
    Posted 9 Dec 2016, 00:53 by Andy Lakin-Hall
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